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American Buisness Airways at the Pure Michigan MLTA Conference

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Company pilot Tony Wright and I just returned from the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association’s (MLTA) conference hosted by the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  All I can say is WOW!  We met some of the nicest people in the industry and everyone we met was truly interested in the industry and the State of Michigan.

Being born and raised in Michigan, I have a special love of the state and our resources.  That is one of the reasons I would love to do more scheduled charters “Up North” to places like Traverse City, Mackinac, Munising and Marquette.  I hope with everyone’s help — customers, Resorts and my partners, that we can put something together to get people spending money again in the state.  After traveling all over the country and the world, I find that Michigan has  a little bit of every thing you can see in the other states.  Along the Pictured Rocks I am reminded of the Pali coast in Kauai, In Copper Harbor I am reminded of the North East coast.  From the top of Mackinac Island, the multi-colored waters of the straits remind me of the Caribbean.

I also wanted to thank the MLTA for putting on such a great and informative conference and  opening it up to non-members.  I hope to join as a service member soon.  Every company that is in any way involved with the tourism industry should be a member,  without the MLTA funding the Pure Michigan campaign would have be cut to ineffective levels.

Reduce your Air Charter Costs to Traverse City and Mackinac Island

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

American Business Airways has a program to reduce your travel costs by pooling your flight with other customers wanting to travel to the same areas.   Assume you are considering a flight to Traverse City with your family of 3.  Although the round trip cost for this with an overnight stay would come to about $2500 with taxes and overnight fees, (about $833 per person) you would like to reduce this cost further.  Call us and we will gather names of other customers also wanting to fly to the same general area  (Northern Lower Michigan) and put together a shared flight.  With 3 more passengers, this can reduce the cost to $416 per person.

We are also planning on operating a scheduled charter to the Traverse City and Mackinac Island airports over the weekends.  This will only operate if we can get enough passengers to sign up.  This is a special and not a regular charter, and the prices will be $300 to Traverse City and $350 to Mackinac Island.  We will need a minimum of 4 passengers.  The flights will leave Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. This then is a variation on the shared ride concept.

So if you are interested in sharing a ride anywhere or in our scheduled charter flights “up north”. call us and get on the list.

Also call us for specialized business charter flights.  Many times we can beat the airlines on total travel and employee costs.

Check our blog report on justifying air travel.

Can’t Believe Charter Is Cheaper? Here’s Proof!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Posted April 6, 2009 by Michael J. Ryan

It’s Monday morning, April 6 at your office in Pontiac, MI. You just found out that three of you need to be in Canton, Ohio Wednesday April 8 for an important sales meeting. The client wants to meet at 2:00 PM and told you to expect to be there until 5:00. Here are your choices:

Driving: MapQuest shows it takes four hours to drive 233 miles each way. You’ll need to start at 9:00 AM to allow for a rest stop and a lunch break. The return trip will start at 5:00 PM when the meeting ends. You’ll get back to Pontiac at 10 PM. Total travel time 10 hours. This saves the most money but wastes the most time for all three travelers.

Airlines: It’s a good thing you checked Travelocity right away, because there were only a few non-stop airline seats left! Unfortunately, you’re buying the tickets at the last minute and pay full fare coach. You leave the office at 10:00 AM to drive to Detroit Metro, park, check in, go through airport security, and hike out to your gate. Your flight departs at 11:58 AM and arrives at 12:53 PM. You’ll need to kill an hour in Canton waiting for your meeting to start, so you might as well have lunch. When the meeting’s over, you can go out to dinner, because the return flight isn’t until 7:02 PM. The tickets cost a total of $1,713.60 for the three of you.

Charter: You drive over to Oakland County Airport for your charter flight on American Business Airways at 12:30 PM. All three of you had productive mornings in the office or calling on local clients. You’ll find a box lunch on board to eat on your one hour flight to the Canton-Akron Airport. Arriving at 1:30, your rental car pulls right up to the plane. You drive out of the airport five minutes after landing and head over to the client’s office. When the meeting ends, you head back to the plane and take off about 5:30 PM for the one hour flight to Oakland County. You’ll enjoy some light snacks and a cold beer on the flight home, discussing in complete privacy everyone’s comments from the successful sales meeting where you closed the biggest sale so far this quarter. Landing at 6:30, everyone heads home for a late dinner with their families. The cost was $1,524. Really!

Comparison

·    Driving wasted 15 business hours and 15 personal hours, and was the lowest cost.

·    Airlines wasted 9 business hours outbound and 9 personal hours on the return, and cost the most because you bought your tickets at the last minute, paying full fare coach. The combined airfare was $ 1,713.60.

·    Charter didn’t waste any time at all. And best of all, you saved $189.60 by flying privately on American Business Airways.

Does It Always Work Like That?

No, it does not. But anytime you find yourself paying full-fare coach, and two or more of you are going to the same place, give American Business Airways a call at 248.444.5202 for a price comparison…and don’t forget to compare the time savings, too!

(Ryan is president of AirPSG, LLC and can be reached at mike.ryan@airpsg.com, 800.769.6082 or www.airpsg.com )