Six of the best... Busi­ness travel hacks

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GET FREE CO-WORK­ING SPACE

Airbnb has teamed up with co-work­ing gi­ant Wework to of­fer peo­ple who book an apart­ment through the Airbnb for Busi­ness por­tal a free day at any nearby Wework space in cities such as Lon­don, LA, Chicago and New York. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude free wifi, cof­fee, tea, beer and hot desks.

STAY FOR A DAY

Book ho­tel rooms for short blocks dur­ing the day, ei­ther for meet­ings, a power nap or a quick shower. They cost up to 75% less than an overnight stay and, so far, dayuse.com fea­tures 4,000 ho­tels across 20 coun­tries.

FIND EMPTY SEATS

Lo­cate empty seats on crowded trains by click­ing on the Jour­ney Tracker tab in the Busy Bot ser­vice launched by Train­line last year. The app uses real-time feed­back from pas­sen­gers to iden­tify less crowded coaches.

NO FRILLS LUX­URY

A new breed of ‘af­ford­able lux­ury’ ho­tels of­fer stylish in­te­rior de­sign, trendy com­mu­nal spaces and great din­ing, but no swim­ming pools, gyms or room ser­vice that bumps up the price. Ex­am­ples in­clude Mar­riott’s Moxy, Mo­tel 1, Cit­i­zen M and Ace Ho­tels’ forth­com­ing Sis­ter City.

COM­PARE TRANS­PORT

Flee­ton­de­mand’s Mo­billeo helps users com­pare the best ways of com­plet­ing end-to-end jour­neys us­ing mul­ti­ple modes of trans­port (taxi and train ver­sus taxi plus plane, for ex­am­ple). You can book and pay in line with your travel pol­icy, and even add ho­tels, park­ing and restau­rants.

PRE­PAID CARDS

There are a num­ber of new pre­paid cards and mo­bile-only banks out there that don’t charge for­eign trans­ac­tions, ATM with­drawals or ex­change fees when you travel abroad. Try Monzo (cur­rent ac­counts only from April 2018), Revo­lut, Curve or Glint, which also al­lows you to buy gold.

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