On the Road

Luke Bra­ham trav­els some 50,000 miles a year in his role as IT Man­ager at an SAP re­cruit­ment com­pany

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DE­TAILS

Name: Luke Bra­ham. Po­si­tion & com­pany: IT Man­ager at Red, an SAP re­cruit­ment com­pany. Based in: Lon­don. Busi­ness trips per year: Around ten. Es­ti­mated an­nual mileage: I'd es­ti­mate it's around 50,000 miles.

Reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tions: New York. Most re­cent trip: Mu­nich. Next trip: New York.

GOOD & BAD

Best busi­ness travel ex­pe­ri­ence: A two-week trip to Cu­ritiba, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It's a truly in­cred­i­ble coun­try. Worst busi­ness travel ex­pe­ri­ence: Fly­ing from Frank­furt to Lon­don City re­cently. We were 90% of the way back to Lon­don but had an is­sue with the plane that meant we had to re­turn to Frank­furt. I’m still not sure what the logic was be­hind it!

SUP­PLI­ERS

Pre­ferred air­line or ho­tel: Our TMC, Cor­po­rate Trav­eller, is great at keep­ing us in the loop with our air­line/ho­tel spend and on­line adop­tion. My pre­ferred air­line is Vir­gin At­lantic (they of­fer an in­cred­i­ble amount of food!).

Lido Palace in Lake Garda is a favourite ho­tel – it’s ef­fec­tively six-star stan­dard. Loy­alty points – ob­ses­sive col­lec­tor or not both­ered? Fairly ob­sessed! It’s the key to cheap or even free travel in the fu­ture and your up­grade chances are bet­ter. Favourite loy­alty scheme: Bri­tish Air­ways and Avios pri­mar­ily, but Ac­cor and Vir­gin are rack­ing up too.

STEP­PING ON­BOARD

Flights: work, rest or play? Play! I tend to watch films and eat and drink as much as I can! On­board con­nec­tiv­ity: take it or leave it? Wifi con­nec­tiv­ity should be stan­dard on ev­ery plane. On­board habits: Eat­ing too much on­board just be­cause you can is a bad habit of mine.

DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Happy never to go back to: Pen­zance. It's a long way west! Send me back to: Rio de Janeiro Top over­seas land­mark: Iguazu Falls in Brazil. Stun­ning.

ROOM FOR IM­PROVE­MENT

One thing that would im­prove busi­ness travel: Air­ports, planes and ho­tels that are out of bounds to in­fre­quent trav­ellers. Big­gest busi­ness travel ir­ri­ta­tion: Peo­ple who don’t travel on a reg­u­lar ba­sis sim­ply be­cause they are so slow at se­cu­rity! Pack light or go pre­pared? I take as lit­tle as pos­si­ble away with me. Never leave home with­out: Travel adap­tors, lap­top, phone.

TRAVEL POL­ICY

Stick to the travel pol­icy or a bit of a mav­er­ick? I have a ten­dency to be a bit of a mav­er­ick, but our ac­count man­agers at Cor­po­rate Trav­eller keep me on track and al­ways makes me aware if I’m book­ing out of pol­icy. If you could change one thing about your travel pol­icy: Stay at set ho­tels in each des­ti­na­tion, re­gard­less of the cost.

• Red is a client of Cor­po­rate Trav­eller

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