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What a Trip!

Looking to minimize surprises and maximize perks while on the road? Our picks for the best deals in business travel can help you on your way.

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This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Travel suppliers have finally discovered the "unmanaged business traveler," a traveler typically from a small company without a corporate travel department to depend on to negotiate discounts, set a travel policy or keep that expense account nice and fat. An unmanaged traveler is a free agent--making decisions on the go, frequently paying out of his or her own pocket, and always seeking real value where he or she can find it. Sound familiar?

With business travel prices expected to increase over the next year, finding value for each dollar your company spends on business trips is more important than ever. With our 2006 Business Travel Awards, we aim to help you choose the travel suppliers that offer the most value--those that offer the best products or services at affordable prices. Remember, this is not a formal or scientific survey, it's a subjective selection of suppliers that we believe offer the most to value-driven business travelers.

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