Delta Most Expensed Airline in U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 16 January 2014
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Delta aircraft at JFK

Delta aircraft at JFK

Delta Air Lines topped the list of airlines expensed by business travelers in 2013, although the average Delta expenditure last year dropped 18% from the previous year.

Other vendors which were tops on their respective categories included Starbucks, Avis, and Marriott.

In 2013, the average expense reimbursement for travelers buying a ticket with Delta was $390.72, a far smaller amount than the $474.25 average in 2012.

The report, issued by Certify, a company that makes software tools that help companies track expense accounts, found that Dunkin’ Donuts, US Airways, and American Airlines were the biggest gainers for expensed items in the last quarter of 2013.  Dunkin’ moved from sixth-most expensed restaurant to fifth, US Airways moved from fourth-most expensed airline to third, and American moved from fifth to fourth.  Southwest dropped from third to fifth place in the same period, and Chicago-based United Airlines stayed in the number two spot.

The percentage of companies’ travel and entertainment budgets spent on airfare, 15.7%, was only outdistanced by meals at 22.5%.  Miscellaneous expenses came in at number three, followed by hotel and fuel.  Car rental expenses amounted to 5.24% while taxi fares came in at 3.16%.

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