Women Business Travelers Plan Ahead, Saving Their Companies Money on Airfare By booking farther in advance, women business travelers save nearly $20 per plane ticket.

By Carly Okyle

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


"The early bird gets the worm," as the saying goes. If the worm is cheaper airline tickets, then the early bird is a female.

Findings in a new report titled "Gender Differences in Booking Business Travel" from travel consultant firm CWT Solutions Group found that female business travelers spend, on average, $17.30 less for airfare than their male counterparts. That's an estimated 2 percent off the average ticket price.

Related: Women Write Better Code Than Men, Study Suggests

Lower prices for tickets seem to be connected to booking farther in advance. CWT found that women tend to book flights almost two days, or 1.9 to be exact, farther in advance than men. Women between the ages of 25 and 30 booked 20 days in advance, whereas men in the same age group only booked 18 days in advance. Interestingly, the older the traveler, the farther ahead of time he or she books a ticket. Women and men who fell into the 65 to 70 age demographic booked 25 and 23 days in advance, respectively.

It's also worth noting that those who travel less often book farther in advance than those who travel frequently.

Though the difference is less than $20 per ticket, it adds up quickly for businesses. For instance, if a company has 1,000 traveling employees and 70 percent of them are males who take on average four work trips each year, that company could save more than $48,000 a year if men had the same booking patterns as women.

Related: Business Travel Growth Lagging Due to Global Concerns

The results are based on 6.4 million air-booking transactions from 1.8 million travelers who went through CWT in 2014. The gender breakdown for the travelers was 30 percent women and 70 percent male.

Carly Okyle

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content

Carly Okyle is an assistant editor for contributed content at Entrepreneur.com.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics


The CEO of Catholic Prayer and Meditation App Hallow Says Founders Need to Be Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves

On this episode of "The CEO Series," learn about the soulful journey of Hallow's CEO and founder Alex Jones.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Business Solutions

Get More Done with ChatGPT for Just $20

This ChatGPT course can help you streamline your business.

Growing a Business

Lifetime Access to Business Advice with This AI-Powered Service is Just $29.99

With Consultio Pro, you'll find expertise on topics like data analysis, financial analysis, innovation management, and so much more.

Thought Leaders

10 Simple, Productive Activities You Can Do When You Aren't Motivated to Work

Quick note: This article is birthed out of the urge to do something productive when I am not in a working mood. It can also inspire you on simple yet productive things to do when you're not motivated to work.