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To Charter Or Not To Charter Your Next Incentive Trip

[fa icon="clock-o"] Sep 9, 2015 8:49:00 AM [fa icon="user"] Marci McCormack [fa icon="folder-open'] Incentive Travel

Corporate Events:

As your President's Club trip or annual Sales Kickoff grows, the question many ask is when does a charter flight make sense.  If you have 240 employees flying from NYC to Vegas or Boston to Mexico, isn't it the best option?


Every company is different from their corporate structure internally to the goals for their trip.  It is important to check to see if any internal policies are in place regarding corporate group travel.  If this is the company's first trip it's important to sit down with the management team and discuss the risks associated with large corporate trips.

Charter Travel is alluring given the extreme conveniences, the ability to push brand messaging, no baggage fees, more time together bonding and the positive excitement it creates.

At Executive Group Travel we find there's a simple answer to when chartering a plane is the right choice for your company.

Bad fit: If your trip is 100% internal (plus spouses) then chartering a plane presents a risk for your company.  Many companies, especially those who are public have a policy in place that will not allow it.  Due to the risk, we recommend companies do not charter a flight if the trip is internal only.  Again the size of the trip along with management teams travel plans can have an impact on this decision but overall we believe the risk outweighs the benefits.

Good fit: If your trip is a partner, client or reseller trip then this is a great time to charter a plane if it makes financial sense.  It's the perfect opportunity to impress (Wow factor) and allows for an easier arrival and transfer process.

Risk versus Reward:

A company's decision to charter a flight on their next sales kickoff and incentive trip is more than just deciding if the cost aligns with your budget.  Work with the management team to learn more on the corporate group travel policy and analyze the risk of having all of your top employees traveling together on one plane.  


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