Business Travel Jargon: Explained

At Review Travel, we know that your priority is securing the best value business travel as efficiently as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to common travel jargon, so you can spend more time prepping for your business trip, rather than Googling perplexing terms…


GDS stands for Global Distribution System. This is a network or platform that enables travel agents to access travel data such as connecting flights, shop for and compare reservations and book travel. Through a GDS platform, we can access scheduling and inventory of hotels, airlines, car rental, railway and bus reservations in real time. This means that we can search for the best available travel and accommodation rates for our clients.


‘Leakage’ refers to business travel bookings made outside of the process set out by your organisation’s business travel policy or company guidelines. Your company should have a clear policy in place to ensure that all online bookings are made in the same place using the same process, minimising leakage and unnecessary costs.


The term bleisure is a recently created portmanteau for the increasingly popular trend of incorporating business travel with leisure travel. Instead of jetting straight in and out for a business meeting, employees are taking the opportunity to explore and experience their destination. It doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, but plenty of tour operators, corporations and media alike are now referencing it in policies and news pieces alike.

Base fare

A base fare is the price of a ticket before costs such as fees, taxes and surcharges are added. A business traveller’s base fare will usually be lower than the final ticket price. If your booking is for an international flight, then this can add significant taxes to the base fare, so is worth bearing in mind.


VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. This is a connection method used to add an extra layer of security and privacy to private and public Wi-Fi networks. Privacy is increased with a VPN because the user’s initial IP address is replaced with one from the Virtual Private Network provider. We recommend setting up a VPN when travelling on business to access sensitive company data on your device.

Have any more questions about travel jargon or just looking for assistance with your corporate travel management? Contact our team on 01625 446 277 today or visit our enquiry page.

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