Entries in the Category "CWRU"

New Global Car Service Partner for CWRU

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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.

Extended Stay America Now CWRU Preferred Travel Partner

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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.

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.

New Look, More Info for CWRU Travel Site

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Travel Services is pleased to announce the completion of its website upgrade. The site provides a wealth of useful information to CWRU travelers, guests, and administrative staff ranging from direct-bill agency approval forms to special rates for car rentals and local hotels. It now has easier navigation, enhanced content, and improved access to travel documentation.

A new feature of the site provides flight status updates by flight number, route, and airport. Another feature delivers graphical updates on U.S. airport delays and weather.

Useful international travel links provide advisories from the U.S. Department of State, as well as updates from the U.S. Center for Disease Control. Major weather, public health, and other news impacting university travel is regularly displayed on the homepage.

CWRU visitors will benefit from enhanced information on Cleveland-area transportation options and airport services. In addition, hotels offering preferred CWRU rates are listed by proximity and displayed on a map grid.

The site remains a convenient place to review CWRU Travel Policy, study frequently-asked questions, and apply for American Express Travel and Expense cards. "We're offering more information on a greater variety of subjects in an easier-to-read format" says Travel Services Manager Michael Kurutz. "The upgrade has transformed our site into a better resource for the entire CWRU travel community."

IRS Increases Mileage Rates

The IRS has announced standard business mileage rates for transportation expenses incurred beginning July 1, 2011 will increase to 55.5 cents per mile (see release). Relevant CWRU reimbursement requests for travel taking place beginning July 1, 2011 should employ this rate.

CWRU personal vehicle travel for the period January 1, 2011 through June 30th, 2011 will be reimbursed at 51 cents per mile. Travelers using rental cars will be reimbursed for actual rental and gasoline expenses and not provided mileage allowances.