Save on Business Travel with Access GlobalMay 13, 2013
I’m going to Los Angeles in a month on business and thought I would do a price comparison between Access Global and Expedia, using the same flights and staying in the same hotel for the same days. I picked direct flights on airlines that I have loyalty programs with so I could collect points and had the best fares, along with a schedule that made sense. I picked the Hilton LA Airport to stay in, since I just joined their HHonors program – it’s central and has regular airport shuttle service.
Here’s what I found on both Expedia and Access Global for travel between May 31 and June 4 (4 nights).
Expedia Access Global
Flights UA 8459 and AK 703 (return) $428.73 Cdn $376.27 US
Hilton LA Airport, standard double $522.12 Cdn $448.00 US
Total $950.85 Cdn $824.27 US
In Cdn $ at $1.032 $950.85 Cdn $850.64 Cdn
I did this search on May 10 at 930 am, and since prices for both air and hotels change frequently, you may end up with different results on your search. Note that when you look at Expedia, you don’t see the final price including taxes until you book, which Access Global incorporates right up front. Don’t be fooled.
In addition to the price savings with Access Global, you also receive Club Credits for the purchases you make. As a member, I receive 5 credits for every $1 spent (not including taxes), so for this trip I would receive over 3,000 credits to keep in my account for future travel. These are worth about $175 in savings on future trips that I’m saving up for a cruise.
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