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Travel tip: getting the most from a hotel.

Cutting hotel costs is an important step in getting better value out of a trip. Here are some tips to remember when choosing lodging, offered by American Express and other experts:

* Hotels near the airport usually are less expensive than those in the city center. An airport hotel may be the best choice for a brief visit during a short business meeting, while the transportation costs to and from an airport location during a longer stay may justify the higher city-center rate.

* Sacrificing a room with a view can translate into substantial savings. Practitioners who ask for reservations on lower floors also find these rooms are less expensive.

* Travelers never should automatically accept the first room rate quoted--known in the trade as the rack rate. Many hotels offer weekend rates or specials and deals for frequent guests of their chains or for members of certain organizations, clubs or frequent flyer programs. Ask the reservations clerk what else is available.

* It's a good idea to find out what amenities are offered to make an informed comparison of the merits and prices of different hotels. Some of the options to inquire about when booking a room include

1. A health club or fitness facility.

2. Catering for in-room meetings, small gatherings and 24-hour room service.

3. Laptop computer outlets.

4. Portable fax rentals.

5. Business centers with secretarial service or in-room office equipment hookups.

6. Nonsmoking floors.

7. Separate, secure floors for female travelers.

8. Frequent visitor programs that offer discounts, upgrades and other bonuses.

These additions may add up to the kind of convenience that is worth a little extra to CPAs on the road.
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Title Annotation:business travel for accountants
Author:Dennis, Anita
Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Dec 1, 1993
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