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Cost of business travel essentials soars

12th January 2011 Print

The modern business traveller takes items worth nearly £1,500 in their airplane carry-on bags, according to latest figures released by today.
The research carried out by the leading hotel accommodation website found the modern-day businessperson has an average of 12 items with them on work flights.
These include must-haves such as mobile devices, travel pillows, shirts, adaptor plugs, magazines, notebooks, pens, socks, tooth-brushes and paste.
Alison Couper, Global Communications Director at, said: “Today’s business traveller is working harder than ever before and wants to be as ready, able and informed to do their job when they are on the move as in the office.
“However, our survey shows the price of staying refreshed and in touch is a high one for the modern jet-setting employee.”
To keep track of the expense of business travel essentials, is today launching its new Carry-on Bag Index – an indicator of how much the typical businessperson is paying for their on-board essentials.
The Index will chart the fluctuating prices of the following products every six months as a benchmark of how expensive it is for the businessperson on the move:
Apple iPad – £699
BlackBerry Torch 9800 (bought at Carphone Warehouse SIM-free) – £464.95
Moleskine ruled notebook – £15.00
Travel pillow - £5.99
Mont Blanc Rollerball pen – £230
Adaptor plug – £3.99
Economist – £2.00
Colgate Total Toothpaste – £1.45
Oral B toothbrush – £2.99
Sure roll-on deodorant – £1.69
Marks & Spencer pure cotton non-iron shirt – £25
Marks & Spencer lambswool socks – £10
Total: £1,462.06
Couper added: “It’s as important as ever for businesses to control their costs and The Carry-On Bag Index gives a glimpse of the expense of flying from country to country even before travel and accommodation are factored in.
“One effective and efficient way of doing this is to use websites which offer not only the best hotel and travel deals from the widest variety of suppliers but also loyalty reward schemes for frequent customers.”