Entrepreneurs, whose travel expenses usually come from their own wallets and not from some deep corporate kitty, travel differently than average business travelers. Unlike expense-account-backed corporate travelers who concern themselves with frequent-flier miles, upgrades and the contents of the hotel minibar, small-business owners zero in on costs. Unfortunately, those costs keep creeping up.
But even in times of rising travel prices, there are still ways to keep things affordable--especially if you use suppliers that consistantly offer an affordable option to overpriced travel. Our seventh annual Business Travel Awards isn't intended to be an official ranking or formal survey, but rather a source of information for travelers who want both quality and value at reasonable prices. Also included are this year's innovations in business travel. So, without any further ado . . .
Christopher McGinnis, a CNN and The Weather Channel commentator, is the author of The Unofficial Business Travelers Pocket Guide (McGraw-Hill) and manages his own Web site at http://www.travelskills.com.
Christopher Elliot is Entrepreneur magazine's monthly "Travel" columnist.