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Executive Travel : Business Travel Facts

After a steep drop early last year, domestic air fares have risen steadily, according to a survey of corporate travel managers by Runzheimer International, a management consulting firm based in Rochester, Wis. Runzheimer also found that most traveling business people can expect their companies to ;pay for their phone calls home; but only a few companies pay for child care.

What business travelers pay: Cost of an average domestic ticket:

1st Quarter 1992: $498

2nd Quarter 1992: $420

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3rd Quarter 1992: $466

4th Quarter 1992: $485

1st Quarter 1993: $528

Cost of an average international ticket:

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1st Quarter 1992: $1,672

2nd Quarter 1992: $1,563

3rd Quarter 1992: $1,573

4th Quarter 1992: $1,688

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1st Quarter 1993: $1,487

Travel expenses companies will reimburse

Percentage of companies that will reimburse for a three-day trip

Telephone call home: 92%

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Excess baggage fee: 30%

Laundry/dry cleaning: 24%

In-room hotel movies: 11%

Liquor on airplane: 11%

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Travel insurance: 9%

Reading material: 8%

Child care: 7%

Personal grooming items: 2%

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Traffic fines: 2%

What business travelers buy with their corporate credit cards:

Percentage of companies that will reimburse for a three-day trip

Hotel: 87%

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Meals: 87%

Car rentals: 85%

Air fare: 79%

Entertainment: 78%

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Misc.: 62%

Cash advances: 34%

Non-reimbursable items: 31:

Source: Runzheimer International

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