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3 Ways Small Business Owners and Their Teams Can Travel Smarter 

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Roughly 1.3 million business trips take place every day in the U.S., according to American Express Business Travel. For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), those trips can lead to a positive impact on a company’s bottom line – but can also be challenging to coordinate, budget and manage. But it doesn’t have to be.  

To help, Hilton leaders share three considerations for SMBs who want to travel smarter and maximize their personal and financial investment in business travel:   

1. Enroll in a business travel program

Hilton data uncovered 75% of SMB customers book their own business trips and manage their own travel in-house, without outsourcing. Additionally, 80% of global travelers agree that it’s important to be able to book their entire trip online, according to the company’s 2024 Trends Report. 

To address this need, Hilton this year launched Hilton for Business, a first-of-its-kind, free-to-join travel program, offering a comprehensive set of tools to enhance the business travel booking and management experience for SMB owners and their employees. In addition to no minimum spend requirements, one of the key benefits of the program is a quick enrollment and verification process to minimize the time required for the entire company to start booking discounted business travel.  

“When it comes to travel and travel management, SMBs have unique needs that, until now, have never been fully met,” said Mike Gathright, senior vice president, customer experience, Hilton. “From the company dashboard and consolidation of travel to the ability to separate personal and business profiles within Hilton Honors accounts, all the elements of Hilton for Business were designed to enhance the overall travel experience for SMBs.”

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2. Save money with discounts and loyalty rewards

Smart, budget-conscious consumers know joining rewards programs can result in financial efficiencies and gains. This applies to business owners as well. Owners can save money by identifying those partners and companies that will help them maximize their budget. Programs like Hilton for Business offer special discounted rates as well as travel rewards, like the ability for a company to earn Hilton Honors Points for itself as well as its travelers for each stay and to receive milestone Bonus Points based on the company’s cumulative travel with Hilton. 

“The first step in building a bespoke travel program for SMBs was to listen loudly to the needs of our customers,” said Frank Passanante, senior vice president and global head of sales, Hilton. “In doing so we discovered 70% of SMBs identified point earning opportunities as one of the most important features of a business travel program. With those insights, we prioritized that feature of the program to ensure that we were not only meeting – but exceeding – customer expectations while also driving the industry forward.”

3. Maximize rewards with a co-branded credit card

For brand loyalists, the ultimate commitment – which leads to maximum rewards – is finding a co-branded business credit card that meets an individual’s financial needs and complements their lifestyle choices.  

“We at Hilton are committed to providing a wide array of offerings that meet the expectations of SMB owners and travelers,” said Mark Weinstein, chief marketing officer, Hilton. “Following our recent co-branded credit card announcement, business owners can now accelerate the speed in which they earn and redeem Hilton Honors Points, leading to elevated travel experiences – whether traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a business meeting or Maui, Hawaii for a family vacation.”   

For more information or to join Hilton for Business, visit For more information on Hilton’s co-brand credit card offerings, visit here. 

Hilton Honors Double Points

From May 2 to September 2, 2024, Hilton Honors members can earn 2X Bonus Points on every stay with the Double Points Promotion.  Hilton Honors members who register for the promotion and stay at any Hilton brand property during those dates will earn double Bonus Points. There is no limit to the total amount of Bonus Points that may be earned during the Promotion Period with this offer.

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