September 21, 2013
CWRU Family, Alumni, and Friends Travel Discounts
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.
February 16, 2013
Travel Costs To Rise in 2013
The cost of travel is projected to strongly increase in 2013. This is despite weaknesses in the U.S. economic recovery, downturns in Latin America, slow growth in Asia, and continued flat to negative growth in Europe. In a white paper just released by the Global Business Travel Association, a survey of major U.S. corporate travel buyers indicated price rises that included:
• 4.6 percent in domestic economy airfare, to $429 per trip;
• 8.3 percent in international economy airfare, to $1,318 per trip;
• 3.7 percent for domestic hotel rates, to $161 per night; and
• 8 percent in international hotel rates, to $297 per night.
Pricing pressures are also being felt locally. Cleveland hotel room rates are edging up due to a stronger local economy and a shrinking CBD inventory. Two major properties, The Crown Plaza (converting to Westin in 2014) and Embassy Suites (converting to rental apartments) shut down in 2012. The Horseshoe Casino has also blocked significant room nights in the Renaissance Hotel, Marriott Key Center, and Ritz Carleton properties increasing demand in remaining hotels. In addition, strong forward booking for the new Cleveland convention center threatens to absorb new room inventory coming online in the next 36 months.
With years of depressed room pricing, Cleveland hoteliers are relieved to see broad sunlit uplands ahead. But remember, CWRU employees, students, and their families can still get relief with university-negotiated hotel rates. Visit the CWRU Travel Services website for preferred-vendor discount pricing.
January 22, 2013
Beating The Rush At Southwest
Airlines make a lot of money from ancillary fees. Add-ons for more leg room, checked bags, and wi-fi literally turn airline balance sheets from red to black. U.S.-based carriers racked up an estimated $12.4 billion windfall from fees in 2012.
Swimming against the stream with its "Bags Fly Free" campaign, Southwest Airlines has differentiated itself from legacy competitors who charge non-elite customers for checked luggage. But rising labor costs and the purchase of new aircraft have put SWA under pressure to find additional ways to generate income.
The airline apparently is not sitting on its hands. While maintaining its free checked bag policy, SWA recently announced plans to allow travelers to purchase early boarding status. For $40 per flight, customers will have first crack at seats and empty overhead storage bins normally reserved for the carrier's elite frequent flyers. With some 3,300 departures per day, SWA is betting that a handful of eager early-borders on each flight will translate into a big infusion to its bottom line.