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The Best Way to Take a Corporate Outing to a Yankee Game

July 17, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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Taking a corporate outing to a MLB game is great way to reward employees and help with team building. For the many baseball fans out there in the corporate world, I can think of no better way to enjoy an afternoon than watching your favorite team at the ballpark!

When undertaking an event like this, you want to make sure you arrange for reliable transportation in order for things to go smoothly.

For nothing could ruin the day quicker than having your whole team waiting for a late bus to arrive or for the driver to get lost on the way! If you’re in New York, or any other city in the Northeast, chances are you have plenty of different local transportation providers you could choose from.

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The Best Way to Watch The World Cup While Traveling to/from Los Angeles

July 13, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’d know that the sporting world has reached fevered pitch with the World Cup going on in Brazil right now. Starting in mid-June with 31 teams, we are now down to the final two holdouts in the beginning of July.

Germany and Argentina, both former World Cup champions, will face each other once again. This is the third time that Germany and Argentina have faced each in a World Cup Final, with more high level match ups than any other two teams in soccer history. So there is a lot on the line between these two teams, as a victory by either one could bolster their claim to be the finest soccer country in the world, Brazil and Italy notwithstanding.

So for all the soccer and sports fans out there, it is understandable that having to miss the World Cup Final because you are traveling by car might be more than a bit upsetting. For those who can’t postpone their travel plans and have to be on the road on Sunday, July 13, what can one do?

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Topics: Luxury Transportation

The Best Way to Watch the World Cup While Traveling to/from NYC

July 11, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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In case you haven’t noticed, World Cup Fever is currently gripping the globe and enthusiastic crowds are following their team in locations throughout the world! It’s a great time to throw any themed private or corporate events surrounding futbol mania, or even if your event is not sports related, enjoying a game with a crowd can be a great way to entertain a group and bond together.

With the final game  coming up on Sunday July 13 between the powerhouse teams of Germany and Argentina, all eyes will be on the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to see who will emerge victorious.

In some cases, people may already have their travel plans set on this day. Perhaps they’re going to a company event, or attending a wedding or even coming back from the Hamptons to New York City. For these people, and for the soccer fans among them, there could be anxiety raised about having to miss the big final, just because they have to be on the road.

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Topics: Luxury Transportation

Six Reasons Limo Companies Fail at Corporate Transportation

July 10, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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Corporate ground transportation is an essential vendor provided service for any busy company. Busy executives have meetings to attend to, sales calls, factory and clients visits to make; all of these needs have to be taken care of, often on a weekly basis.

Yet while corporate transportation may not get top-of-mind share very often, it’s when things don’t go right that the category usually gets the most attention. Which is kind of a shame because when it’s done right, good corporate transportation can really enhance the working lives and schedules of your executive staff, as well as project a positive and powerful image for your company.

Despite the fact this area offers great opportunities for both client and vendor, it’s surprising that all too often, the local quality of these services vary widely. It just goes to show the importance of carefully selecting a capable vendor to take care of your transportation needs.

Speaking generally, there are a couple of areas where corporate transportation vendors sometimes fall down on the job. In order to help you avoid these pitfalls, let’s explore this topic a bit further so you can be forewarned and forearmed with some good advice when it comes time to order these services.

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Topics: Corporate Transportation

How to Make Fewer Corporate Transportation Mistakes

July 03, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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When it comes to corporate affairs, sometimes people think of corporate transportation as a backwater, but it’s actually a very important part of the functioning of a business. After all, if executives have a hard time traveling or getting to their meetings on time, it could cast doubt on much bigger issues at your company.

The name of the game in transportation is efficiency, consistency and reliability. It takes a good transportation partner to make those things happen. If  a company is saddled with an inadequate transportation partner, then it’s going to create more problems down the line and the company in question would be well advised to start looking for a better partner.

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Topics: Corporate Transportation

Three Transportation Tips Every Corporate Travel Planner Needs to Know

June 23, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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When booking corporate transportation, travel planners like to work with vendors who are reliable and flexible. They simply want to get the job done and get it done right. But what they may not have considered is instead of merely filling  a transportation request, is how an executive ground transportation company can enhance their company’s mission on the road.

Beyond arranging the standard black car executive transportation that executives often use to get the airport, corporate travel planners need to know that they can find a specialist executive transportation company that can really elevate their game. We can do this by offering our clients a unique fleet of luxury vans, vehicles which have capabilities that other standard chauffeured vehicles don’t offer. In addition, we also offer legendary customer service, so that travel with our company is more akin to staying in a 5 star hotel than just using a sedan or SUV to go somewhere.

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Topics: Corporate Transportation

7 Ways Brilliant Transportation Will Make You a Better Travel Agent

June 18, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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As a luxury travel agent, you’re reputation is often in the hands of people you don’t directly control. Your clients come to you expecting the very best, and you do your best to provide the best. However, if a cruise line, hotel chain, or transportation company gives them a less-than-stellar experience, your clients’ opinion of you will suffer.

That’s why the really great travel agents are fiercely loyal to the companies that reliably deliver premium experiences. As a relative newcomer to the luxury chauffeured transportation space, we launched in 2010, we’ve definitely experienced the angst of travel agents unsure if they want to trust their clients with a new, untested company.

The great thing about Brilliant is that, we understand that. We’re not offended when our pitches to top-tier travel agents is met with skepticism. We realize when you’re in an industry that is set in it’s ways, and you want to do things completely different, you have to put your money where your mouth is.

Every single chauffeured transportation company lauds their service over their competitors. We do it too. Every company wants the reputation of doing something different. Yet, most of the uniqueness stops after the marketing message as transportation companies across the globe have become carbon copies of each other. It’s a mold that’s hard to both break out of and convince those who haven’t experienced Brilliant before that we’re actually different all the way down to the tires.

Richard Fertig, our founder and president, recently wrote an article about his exchange with one of the top travel agents in the world. He recounts this exact scenario when he’s trying to convey all the things Brilliant does differently to a travel agent who’s heard it all before. However, when actual real-life examples came up, the travel agent was actually impressed.

With this article, we’re going to explain the seven ways Brilliant can make you a better travel agent. Not in offering all the platitudes of excellence while delivering sub-par service. But in offering reliable, every-single-trip, wow factors for your clients. At this level, of course, its just an article. We could be lying. We could be sharing platitudes and making promises we can’t keep.

But if you look beyond the salesmanship and make a call to our office, you’ll be greeted by top-tier executives from the hospitality industry, not the transportation industry. You’ll be introduced to a new way to travel, a new form of transportation where transportation is actually a by-product of a focus on serving our clients, your clients.

Read this article then do yourself, and your clients, a favor. Give us a call and learn all the things we’ve done in real-life to serve and impress each and every client.

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Topics: Luxury Travel, Travel Agents

The Seven Traits of a Successful Travel Agent

June 17, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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In our business, high end ground transportation, it’s fairly common for our clients to book through a travel agent or agency. These folks are busy jetting around the world doing their business, so it’s more efficient for them to have someone take care of these details. Of course, it’s not necessary to use a travel agent to book with us, anybody can simply pick up the phone.

And sometimes new clients have approached us about using travel agents and if we have any recommendations. While we try to stay neutral in these affairs, based on your individual circumstance, sometimes we are able to make a recommendation. However, for the general public, finding a travel agent can be a hit or miss situation. Many travel agents do a good enough job at what they do, but when you’re a frequent luxury traveler, you’re going to want to use someone good; someone who can get to know you well and your preferences and help make a real difference in your travel planning.

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Topics: Luxury Travel, Travel Agents

5 Things Really Great Travel Agents Refuse To Do

June 16, 2014

- Posted by Stephen Chapek

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With the proliferation of travel and booking websites, the trend in the travel industry is definitely headed towards self-service and do it yourself. There are pros and cons to this situation.

It does make it easy for people to book their own trips which can be simpler, more convenient and cheaper for simple and basic trips. For more complicated itineraries however, it does leave the more inexperienced or infrequent travelers out in the cold, trying to figure out what’s best when there can be hundreds of competing options. This isn’t really good, because there are A LOT of ins and outs in the travel business.

For important and complex travel schedules, it is best to have an experienced hand at the wheel, guiding you through the travel maze. Yet the debate persists over the necessity and value of using travel agents.

Perhaps one reason for this is that not every trip requires a travel agent or expert advice, and certainly, some travel agents are better than others. Some add tons of value, whereas others, maybe not so much. On the lower end of scale, you might find dishonest agents who try to push overly expensive or below par trips on unsuspecting travelers. Like any purchase of services, the buyer should use some caution and some common sense. One way around this problem is to go with an agency that comes highly recommended.

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Topics: Luxury Travel, Travel Agents