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Factors of topmost priority for business travelers
My priorities are always:
- Route (what's fastest and matches the time I want to leave/arrive)
- Connections - I avoid flying through NYC area airports like the plague.
Sometimes price and route compete with each other if the trip is especially quick turnaround. I care very little about the other priorities you listed, unless they are noticeably annoying (smelly food, in-flight entertainment blaring loudly due to sound broken, ect.).
My personal priorities for business travel are as follows:
- Convience / Route (Tied)
- Frequent Flyer Program
Convience / Route: I need to be able to get to my destination in a timely manner for my meetings and work. Waits of money and time if I can not make it to where I am going conviently and quickly.
Frequent Flyer Program:
I typically fly on airlines that I trust, because of teir good service and good frequent flyer programs for members
I have to be considerate of pricing for work expenses. I have preferences on flying certain airlines, but will opt for others if the price it to ridiculous and the costs does not justify the trip.
The most important reason I stay with the airline I have the highest status in is that they take care of me when I have a flight disruption. Also by having status I can jump lines, get better seats and free luggage, qualify for upgrades. I have the choice of only three airlines leaving my small town. I choose my high status airline 75% of the time. The only reason I will go with one of the others is significant price discount or a desire for a different connecting city due to weather.
From a business travel experience the priority would be:
- Schedule (flight routes and times)
- ability to be flexible with the schedule (domestic / short/medium distance flights), so ability to take a later/earlier flight easily (touch of a button)
- predictability of the waitingtimes at the airport
- on longer flights quality of the seats (ability to sleep/work)