Lewis W. Diuguid

Business travelers keep costs low

Updated: 2013-10-09T23:23:34Z

By Lewis W. Diuguid

The Kansas City Star

Maybe it’s another sign of hard times. The image of business travelers indulging in expensive meals and hotels on the boss seems to be over.

The latest SpendSmart quarterly report from Certify, an expense account software management firm processing more than $4 billion in expense-account transactions a year, found that business travelers’ No. 1 spot was Starbucks, where the average amount spent was $9.51.

McDonald’s was No. 2 with an average of $7.45 spent. Subway was No. 3 but the amount was higher at $14.09.

Panera Bread was Nov. 4 with a high-end $35.35.

The most expensed hotels weren’t pricy either. They were the Marriott followed by the Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, the Hilton and the Holiday Inn.

Business travelers are deal-seekers, too.

To reach Lewis W. Diuguid, call 816-234-4723 or send email to ldiuguid@kcstar.com.

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