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New York City, San Francisco, Boston. No, this article is NOT about those destinations, which are among the most expensive cities for business travel. Sending an employee to those cities for work can cost more than $500 a day. Not surprisingly then, demand is growing for conferences and business meetings to be held in less expensive cities.

That’s our focus for this article: the cheapest cities for business travel, as ranked in Business Travel News’ 2017 Corporate Travel Index. The publication considered average hotel and car rental costs, along with the average cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner. With that data, it ranked 100 cities.

So, if you want to save your company and clients some money, consider Norfolk instead of New York, Biloxi instead of Boston, and Corpus Christi instead of San Francisco. These are among the 20 cities on the bottom of Business Travel News’ list.

Top 10 Cheapest Cities for Business Travel

Windmills outside Bakersfield, California – ranked the cheapest city for business travel.

The numbers cited are per-day costs.

1. Bakersfield, California

Hotel: $121.48

Rental car: $42.62

Food: $77.55

Total: $241.65

2. Biloxi, Mississippi

Hotel: $124.01

Rental car: $43.43

Food: $82.56

Total: $250.00

3. Shreveport, Louisiana

Hotel: $116.59

Rental car: $44.25

Food: $90.34

Total: $251.18

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hot air balloons soar above Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hot air balloons soar above Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hotel: $121.58

Rental car: $45.13

Food: $86.21

Total: $252.92

5. Tucson, Arizona

Hotel: $123.31

Rental car: $45.19

Food: $87.82

Total: $256.32

6. Lexington, Kentucky

Hotel: $132.23

Rental car: $49.13

Food: $78.94

Total: $260.30

7. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Hotel: $132.54

Rental car: $41.20

Food: $88.21

Total: $261.95

8. Wichita, Kansas

Hotel: $139.43

Rental car: $45.31

Food: $79.15

Total: $263.89

9. Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hotel: $122.67

Rental car: $44.27

Food: $97.43

Total: $264.37

10. Norfolk, Virginia

Hotel: $122.08

Rental car: $59.11

Food: $84.22

Total: $265.41

Next 10 Cheapest Cities, Total Per Diem

Akron, Ohio

Akron, Ohio, ranked among the 20 cheapest cities for business travel.

11. Akron, Ohio

Total: $269.18

12. Rochester, New York

Total: $271.16

13. Roanoke, Virginia

Total: $271.68

14. Tallahassee, Florida

Total: $272.56

15. Jacksonville, Florida

Total: $272.81

16. Allentown, Pennsylvania

Total: $273.05

17. Corpus Christi, Texas

Total: $273.29

18. Dayton, Ohio

Total: $274.25

19. Little Rock, Arkansas

Total: $274.28

20. Mobile, Alabama

Total: $275.16

If you’re traveling to any of these cities for business or pleasure for a week or more, consider corporate housing instead of a hotel. Though corporate housing usually leases by the week or month, the average daily rate for short-term rentals is often less than hotels in the market.

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About Mark Edelen:

Welcome. I'm Mark, the organic SEO analyst for CorporateHousing.com, After55.com and ForRentUniversity.com. I'm here to share tips for business travelers from our partners at ForRent.com. You'll find me on Twitter, tweeting about search and digital media trends, @MarkEdelen.

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