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There’s something of a growing development out there called “bleisure” that’s used to describe people who travel for business, but end up sticking around a little longer for vacation. With over 94 percent of companies in a Barclaycard survey saying they allow business travelers to put vacation time into play while in a destination, it’s easy to see why Barclaycard is looking to pursue this market.

Getting the bleisure traveler’s business requires something of a new way to make payments. One of the biggest problems is in expense reporting; with deductible business expenses mixing in with non-deductible personal expenses, it becomes even more difficult than normal to compile these expenses for tax purposes.

What’s more, this is also causing some trouble on the mobile wallet front. Travel managers report a 29 percent increase in requests to pay by mobile wallets, and 25 percent saw an increase in the number of businesses looking to book travel via a mobile app, much in the same way they’d book a family vacation. Virtual card use is on the rise, but physical card use has likewise increased.

Barclaycard’s Maria Parpou, director of commercial payments, noted “As this trend evolves, corporations and suppliers alike need to look at how they make and take payments. The good news is that there are already solutions available that will help businesses meet their changing needs. By taking advantage of digital payment methods, such as mobile wallets and virtual cards which are rich with data, payments can become the thread that ties each booking — no matter where or how it was made — into a complete trip.”

The idea of combining business and personal travel isn’t out of line; with Americans, among others, increasingly unwilling to take vacations—they’re considered a sign of weakness in some corporate cultures—the notion of taking them while being away for business is a reasonable response. After all, people are away anyway, and often on a paid-for flight out. Why not stick around extra days and get some down time in?

Such a plan is noteworthy for its users, but requires a whole new approach to payments. With the bring your own device phenomenon as a guide, though, setting up systems to accommodate this notion may not be so difficult.

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