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50 Corporate Travel Stats That Will Surprise You

Business Travel is a massive industry. But just how big is it?

The team at wanted to find out - so we dug deep to find the largest and smallest numbers that show just how big the corporate travel space is.

From the largest corporate travel airport to how likely millennials are to upgrade for leg room compared to the non-millennial, we are sure you’ll learn something new.

1.  20 minutes
The average time corporate travelers spend reading reviews on hotel and lodging travel solutions before booking on a corporate travel app. (PhocusWire)

2.  1.3 Million
In the United State alone, about 1.3 million business trips occur each day. (DCSPlus)

3.  48%
Of those 1.3 million trips, 48% of business trips involve a personal vehicle. (CreditDonkey)

4.  13.21 dollars for a croissant?
If you are looking to reduce meal expenses, you can start with breakfast. Starbucks is the most expensed food vendor in 2017, where employees spent an average of $13.21 per visit. (ReCode)

5.  60%
Millennials are 60% more likely to upgrade for more legroom on flights than non-millennials.

6.  250 miles
The majority of business trips are less than 250 miles in length. (BTS)

7.  The top 1%
In May of 2017, LAX announced a new private suite terminal lounge for celebrities. (CNTraveler)

8.  #1 fear when traveling?
The #1 corporate travel concern by passengers in 2017 was flight delays. (Statista)

9.  Fear #2?
A middle seat. (Statista)

10.  75% of profits
On some flights, business passengers represent 75 percent of an airline's profits despite only being 12% of passengers. (Investopedia)

11.  103,902,992 passengers
Atlanta international is the biggest hub where people fly through in 2017 with 103,902,992 passengers in 2017. (BusinessInsider)

12.  Every 37 seconds
Chicago O’Hare is the #1 hub for domestic corporate travel where a plane takes off or lands every 37 seconds. (CorpTrav)

13.  $3,000,000,000
Corporate Travelers expense up to 3 Billion dollars in fast food every year. (CorporateTraveller)

14.  93%
Once your plane has arrived, Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft dominate the ride hailing industry with a 93% adoption rate in the market. (ReCode)

15. $178 (not including gas)
If you decide to drive, you’re not alone. Businesses spend an average of $178 on car rentals for corporate travelers. (TravelAndTransport)

16.  45 years and 11 months
The average corporate traveler is 45.9 years old. (CreditDonkey)

17.  #1 priciest
New York City is the #1 most expensive city for corporate travel in the US. (CNN)

18.  < $1,000
Companies spend an average of $949 per traveler per domestic business trip. (Certify)

19.  > $2,500
Companies spend an average of $2,600 per traveler per international business trip. (Certify)

20.  $2,000 in tax savings
While corporate travel is tax deductible, the IRS puts a cap at $2,000 for corporate travel pertaining to cruise ships (Sikich)

21.  The Magic 8
Here are the 8 airlines that offer gate-to-gate wifi in the clouds.
Airtran Airways (all flights)
Virgin America (all flights)
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
United Airlines
Delta Airlines
Air Canada
JetBlue (for free)

22.  2 more trips
Millennial corporate travelers average 14 trips a year compared to their older counterparts who average 12 trips a year. (DCPlus)

23.  $321
Average Per Diem for the corporate traveler comes out to be $321 per day. (ExecutiveTravel)

24.  0.6%
Afraid of lost luggage? You’ll be relieved to know that fewer than six bags per 1,000 passengers were mishandled while in transit. (LoveExploring)

25.  The largest number yet
Some 9.7 trillion frequent flier miles go unredeemed every single year. (InterGlobeTechnologies)

26.  90%
When booking corporate travel, 90% of corporate travelers are allowed to keep miles earned through the business for personal use down the road. (TravelPort)

27.  1,500,000,000 seats
There were over 1.5 Billion flyers on commercial flights in 2017. (BusinessInsider)

28.  488,000,000
Of that 1.5 Billion, 488 Million of them were corporate travelers in the US. (CreditDonkey)

29.  61% ditched the paper maps
To get from point A to point B, over 61% of US travelers admit to using their smartphone for directions to help navigate while traveling. (Google)

30.  79% on their phones
In 2017 it was reported that 79% of travelers completed a booking on their smartphone, meaning that more corporate travelers are looking to book while on the go. (LCTMag)

31.  47% female
Out of all the individuals traveling for work, women account for 47% of corporate travelers. (CorporateTraveller)

32.  Only 60%
Despite the massive amount of companies that travel for business, only 60% of companies have a company travel policy in place for employees to follow. (TravelAgentCentral)

33.  4 weeks of your life.... every year
The top 10% of corporate travelers spend nearly 4 weeks of their personal time on a plane every single year. (CorporateTraveller)

34.  88 nights… every year
That same top 10% of road warriors also spend an average of 88 nights away from home at hotels each year. (CorporateTraveller)

35.  Dela-Where? The only 1 state...
The only state in the US without a major commercial airport is Delaware (CorpTrav)

36.  The #1 Business Airline
Delta Airlines has been named the top airline for business travel in 2017. (Delta Airlines News)

37.  We follow the rules… 69% of the time.
While only 60% of businesses report to have a company travel policy in place, on 69% of corporate travelers report to always complying with their companies travel policy. (TravelPort)

38.  Where did that $2,100,000,000 go?
Lost luggage cost airlines around the world $2.1bn in 2016. (LoveExploring)

39.  #1 internationally
Geneva, Switzerland takes the #1 spot as most expensive city for corporate travel outside of the US. (CNN)

40.  $1
$1 is the cost to unlock an e-scooter like Bird or Lime which are becoming increasingly popular trends in the micro mobility space for the corporate traveler. (TomsGuide)

41.  $40,000 for 1 Olive?
American Airlines has serious volume when it comes to flights. So much so that they once saved $40,000 a year by removing just 1 olive from each food tray in first class. (BravoTV)

42.  The Top 3 airlines ranked for rewards programs are the following:
Alaska Airlines
Delta Airlines

43.  4/10 guests
Despite the rise of Airbnb, corporate travelers are still choosing hotels as their primary lodging choice. In fact, 40% of hotel guests are staying for business purposes. (Ahla)

44.  #1 most important booking factor
When booking on business travel sites, proximity is the most important factor for corporate travelers when deciding where they want to lodge. (BCDTravel)

45.  #1 Favorite Hotel?
The Hampton Inn and Suites is the most expensed hotel by corporate travelers in 2017
(USA Today)

46.  #1 Brand for Travel Expenses
Amongst business travel expenses, Uber is the most expensed brand by corporate travelers.
(Business Traveller)

47.  2 pilots, 2 meals
In order to promote the safety of their passengers, pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different food in case one of them gets food poisoning. (CB Travel)

48.  91% growth.
In an effort to reduce meal expenses, corporate travelers are choosing to dine in more than ever. The food delivery market has grown 91 percent from 2016 to 2017, and GrubHub has been the largest name in food related expenses in corporate travel.

49.  1,300 feet
If your company is planning a tropical retreat, be aware that the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in Saba Caribbean is the shortest runway at 1,300 feet. Missing this could mean you’re taking a swim in the sea. (SafeBee)

50.  22% keeping their New Year Resolutions
Being on-the-go on the road can take a toll on the corporate road warrior. While 85% of hotels offer a fitness room of some kind, only 22% are using them. (WashintonPost)

How does your corporate travel policy stack up?

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