January 03, 2014

IRS Adjusts Business Mileage for 2014


The Internal Revenue Service has announced a change in the business mileage rate allowed for personal vehicles for 2014. All travel on or after January 1 will be set at 56 cents/mile. CWRU reimbursements for personal vehicle use will mirror this new rate for approved business-related travel commencing on January 1. Rates for mileage travelled in 2013 will remain at 56.5 cents.

December 31, 2013

Local Hotel Rates To Rise in 2014

It's been a happy 2013 for Cleveland-area hotel properties. Occupancies are up by almost 7% through November. Many downtown hotels have boasted stellar weekday occupancy and sold-out weekends into the typically slow fall season. At University Circle, the new Courtyard opened in April and has exceeded expectations. While the area lost the Cleveland Clinic Guest House in 2013, a new 300-room Holiday Inn property was announced for Euclid Avenue. Plans call for its completion in 2015.

With the recovering local economy and the gradual ramp-up of the new Cleveland Convention Center, occupancy will continue to trend up strongly in 2014. Room rates will march upward in lockstep with these higher occupancies.

There is, however, good news for everyone in the CWRU community. Our year-on-year negotiated rates are at a considerable discount to most hotel standard ("rack") rates throughout the area. With this lower starting point, actual CWRU rate increases will be modest. Overall, CWRU Cleveland-area hotel rates represent an excellent value compared to similar properties in other major metro areas.

Visit the CWRU Travel Services website (www.case.edu/travel/) in early January to view the new 2014 rates. In the meantime, here is a sampling (standard room per night, not including applicable taxes):

Glidden House, $139
Doubletree Tudor Arms, Jan-April $119; May-Dec $129
Courtyard By Marriott (University Circle), $149

Wyndham Downtown Cleveland, $109
Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown, Oct-March $99; April-Sept $119
Hyatt Regency Cleveland, $129
Marriott Key Center, Mon-Thursday $169; Fri-Sun $159

Doubletree Beachwood, $119

September 21, 2013

CWRU Family, Alumni, and Friends Travel Discounts

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There are travel perks galore for those connected with CWRU past and present. All you need to know is where to find them!

Are you planning a family vacation from Minneapolis to Salt Lake or taking a spin around Italy and need a rental car? Use our National Car rental code! In the Cleveland area, CWRU's Enterprise CarShare program offers the flexibility of campus-based vehicle rentals by the hour, overnight, and by the day with no gasoline charges and up to 200 free miles per day for CWRU students and staff.

If you're traveling to Cleveland to visit a student or have some relatives you can't fit into your northeast Ohio establishment, there's an array of local discounted hotel rates at University Circle, Downtown, and suburban location. Traveling across the U.S. or overseas? There are even more lodging options. Check out CWRU partner pricing from Wyndham, Starwood, and Extended Stay America lodging chains.

At an airport or need transport for a special guest? CWRU's newest travel partner, GroundLink, can provide an array of car hire options.

To learn more, visit www.cwru.edu/travel/. You can also call Michael Kurutz, CWRU Travel Services Manager, at 216-368-6092 to get the scoop on these and other great deals.

September 12, 2013

New Global Car Service Partner for CWRU


Need convenient, pre-arranged service for airport pick-up in Cleveland, Los Angeles, or Amsterdam? CWRU's new car service partner, GroundLink, can do that and more. GroundLink offers guaranteed on-time performance, global availability in 110 countries, and a 5% CWRU discount on top of industry-leading rates. GroundLink delivers the added convenience of pricing that includes driver gratuities and the added flexibility of four different levels of service. CWRU travelers can book transport via telephone, Internet, or the company's award-winning mobile app.

"GroundLink's economy service from BWI to Rockville/NIH averaged $30-40 below our typical shuttle/limo rates," noted Michael Kurutz, Travel Manager at Case Western Reserve University. "I'm confident our new GroundLink travel partner will provide timely, value-based service supporting the university's travel needs in Cleveland and around the world." Get the CWRU discount code, reservation instructions, and link to the Groundlink homepage here.

September 09, 2013

Extended Stay America Now CWRU Preferred Travel Partner


Need a reasonably-priced apartment-style room for a few days to a few months? Extended Stay America (ESA) makes a great option with fully-equipped kitchens, free internet, flat-screen televisions, grab-and-go breakfasts, and on-site laundry facilities. The company also rates in the top 1/3 in customer service ranking for all lodging properties according to Medallia Feedback Management Inc.

"Extended Stay America gives our many travelers a value option when needing multiple-week and multi-month stays," according CWRU Travel Manager Michael Kurutz. "ESA's extensive U.S. network of properties can meet our research and leisure needs in a variety of destinations."

Now, ESA's reasonable pricing has just gotten better for CWRU staff, students, alumni, friends, and families. Using the CWRU corporate discount code, travelers will get an extra 8% dynamic discount off of ESA's already competitive rates through 2013. Click here to get the discount booking code on the CWRU Travel Services website.

September 06, 2013

Car Sharing Expands to CIA, CIM Students

CWRU's Enterprise CarShare Program has now expanded to include students from the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music. "Given their affiliations with CWRU, it was an organic extension of the CWRU carshare program" said CWRU Travel manager Michael Kurutz. "Many CIA and CIM students need an easy, cost-effective, short-term transportation option. Enterprise Carshare is a great solution."

CIA and CIM students have their own signup pages at www.enterprisecarshare.com and enjoy the same great rates (hourly, overnight, daily) as CWRU students and staff. CIA and CIM members also will enjoy up to 200 free miles per day and no gasoline charges. Cars are conveniently positioned in the Veale Athletic Center garage and Lot 75 surface parking behind Mitchell's Ice Cream.

For a limited time, new members can enjoy a reduced $10 annual membership fee while receiving a $35 driving credit (through September 30th). Click here for the special offer code.

April 15, 2013

WeCar Becomes Enterprise CarShare


Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the company that owns WeCar, has changed the WeCar name to Enterprise CarShare. The official change occurred on April 15th. In the coming weeks, signage and website collateral will be transitioned to the new name.

“The broad-based brand recognition associated with Enterprise is a key reason behind the move” according to Michael Kurutz, Travel Services Manager at Case Western Reserve University. “With excellent growth in Enterprise's car sharing portfolio across the country, it’s a perfect time to consolidate what has become a confusing basket of smaller brand names into one well-known major car-share brand.”

Enterprise CarShare is a good alternative for students who want to lower the cost and hassle of individual car ownership. Unlike traditional rental companies, members of Enterprise CarShare can rent when they turn 18. Pricing for members starts at $8 per hour and $36 for an overnight rental. Gasoline and up to 200 miles per day are included. State minimum insurance is also included for members without coverage. Enterprise CarShare vehicles are parked on campus for quick access.

Kurutz said the CWRU program has grown to over 170 members in the first year. “While the WeCar name and graphics are changing, the company and its reliable, convenient rental product are staying the same. That's the best news of all."

Enterprise CarShare is now available at 70 universities across the U.S., as well as a number of U.S. municipalities.

CWRU students and employees can learn more at www.enterprisecarshare.com.