Understand the cheap business traveler

Harleyfxdx1

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A lot of business travelers have generous travel expenses budgets usually set on an annual basis. The goal is to never not use up your budget, because it might be reduced the following year. These people will generally use black cars instead of Uber or taxis.

Another group of business travelers (including government employees) mutual travel on " per diem" allowance. The per diem allowance for meals and incidental expenses is usually less than $75.00 per day. The "incedential" would include cab fare.
So it easy to understand why this person loves X cars. $10 - $12 trip downtown. Rather than pay $40. Cab fare. Means they will have extra cash to spend on better meals, a few adult beverages, and perhaps some extra to chase the ladies. If two or three travel together and use the same X car it's even better. Don't ever expect this guy to tip ... hell he barely tips the bartender.
So go for it guys ... que up at the airport and wait an hour or so to get some of these "bottom feeder pax" SMH
 

Steve2008

Member
Yes! The latter is a lot more abundant! I've probably driven more Coca Cola consultants than any other "group" of people and have yet to be tipped by any of them. Luckily a lot of them ride select given the similar fares to a taxi.

I've been tempted but hanging out at the airport is just not something I can do. I have a hard time wrestling with the fact that I'm sitting in any place alongside my competitors...
 

UberHoax

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Yes! The latter is a lot more abundant! I've probably driven more Coca Cola consultants than any other "group" of people and have yet to be tipped by any of them. Luckily a lot of them ride select given the similar fares to a taxi.

I've been tempted but hanging out at the airport is just not something I can do. I have a hard time wrestling with the fact that I'm sitting in any place alongside my competitors...
There is no demand for xl or select FROM the airport. You would be waiting hours with no luck
 

UberHoax

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A lot of business travelers have generous travel expenses budgets usually set on an annual basis. The goal is to never not use up your budget, because it might be reduced the following year. These people will generally use black cars instead of Uber or taxis.

Another group of business travelers (including government employees) mutual travel on " per diem" allowance. The per diem allowance for meals and incidental expenses is usually less than $75.00 per day. The "incedential" would include cab fare.
So it easy to understand why this person loves X cars. $10 - $12 trip downtown. Rather than pay $40. Cab fare. Means they will have extra cash to spend on better meals, a few adult beverages, and perhaps some extra to chase the ladies. If two or three travel together and use the same X car it's even better. Don't ever expect this guy to tip ... hell he barely tips the bartender.
So go for it guys ... que up at the airport and wait an hour or so to get some of these "bottom feeder pax" SMH
Exactly what I was saying in a different post. it didn't make sense these passengers take x when company is paying ... unless they are using the extra cash for more luxurious meals and hotels.

The expense budget is set up differently at the companies, but the bottom line is they are saving money on travel so they can use it in other areas. That's why they take x from the airport .. no surge guarantee.
 
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Steve2008

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There is no demand for xl or select FROM the airport. You would be waiting hours with no luck
Gotcha! I can see for select but it would make sense for XL to be in demand wouldn't it? Doesn't matter since I'm select with a compact sedan anyway lol but thanks
 

PTCGUY

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I have a hard time wrestling with the fact that I'm sitting in any place alongside my competitors...
...and they are everywhere by the airport. This morning I dropped a pax at the airport and I went to racetrack for a coffee. I turned on my rider app and there were at least 8 drivers sitting in their parking lot. I was curious so I went to Virginia Ave and there were at least 8 drivers at McDonalds, 8 drivers in the parking lot behind Landmark Diner, 8 drivers in the vacant lot next to Malone's, 8 drivers in the parking lot of Ruby Tuesday's and not to mention the cell phone lot. This does not include the lone wolf drivers sitting on the other side of 85 on Virginia Ave. None of these drivers were out and talking to each other, just sitting in their cars like no other drivers were there. I had to laugh. BTW the queue time showed 17-27 minutes. I bet they sat there a lot longer than that. As we all know, there were probably more than that at each location but the rider app only shows 8 cars at a time. Competition? What competition? Lol
 

dolllarchaser

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//snip//... Don't ever expect this guy to tip ... hell he barely tips the bartender.
So go for it guys ... que up at the airport and wait an hour or so to get some of these "bottom feeder pax" SMH
My experience says that very few business travelers will cash tip as they typically need a receipt to get reimbursed for any thing over $25. While they will not tip that much at any one time, frequent smaller cash tips raise a flag for the frequent traveler. Acct'g depts. may view this as padding their expense reports so, the traveler says I don't need the hassle and don't tip.
 

Steve2008

Member
...and they are everywhere by the airport. This morning I dropped a pax at the airport and I went to racetrack for a coffee. I turned on my rider app and there were at least 8 drivers sitting in their parking lot. I was curious so I went to Virginia Ave and there were at least 8 drivers at McDonalds, 8 drivers in the parking lot behind Landmark Diner, 8 drivers in the vacant lot next to Malone's, 8 drivers in the parking lot of Ruby Tuesday's and not to mention the cell phone lot. This does not include the lone wolf drivers sitting on the other side of 85 on Virginia Ave. None of these drivers were out and talking to each other, just sitting in their cars like no other drivers were there. I had to laugh. BTW the queue time showed 17-27 minutes. I bet they sat there a lot longer than that. As we all know, there were probably more than that at each location but the rider app only shows 8 cars at a time. Competition? What competition? Lol
Makes a lot of sense! Yeah I do not want to waste my time nor run the risk of getting ticketed and/or towed...
 

Steve2008

Member
My experience says that very few business travelers will cash tip as they typically need a receipt to get reimbursed for any thing over $25. While they will not tip that much at any one time, frequent smaller cash tips raise a flag for the frequent traveler. Acct'g depts. may view this as padding their expense reports so, the traveler says I don't need the hassle and don't tip.
Thanks for clarifying! This provides logic.
 
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