Oh man, the travel. If I book it myself, I go online, login (all information prefilled) pick the flights, pay, and I'm done. If I ask my assistant:
Hey can you book a flight to this place on this day?
Sure, give me your ID info
Here it is
You want to fly out of this airport or this airport?
Ok, do you want to leave at x y z times?
And come back at l m n o p?
Make it p.
You want me to shoot you in the head or you want to do it yourself?
Oh travel booking! Here is an example for you from administrative assistant side! ))
There are such managers who (by plain matter of coincidence, I guess) constantly change already arranged bookings and make them so complicated that it hurts!
So he asked me to book a trip for example to Chicago. And then from Chicago I booked to Boston with hotels etc. Then Boston meeting either cancelled or something else has happened and I needed to cancel and instead book trip to New York. With hotels.
I book and then something else happens and I need to cancel and find him tickets back home from airport that is not Kennedy airport but LaGuardia exactly on Friday for him to be back with his kids for the weekend!
Then I am left with some airline credits over $800 that I need to use against future bookings and not forget about it. But the trick is that you can not use credit if airfare is below that credit. Geez, what a pain!
The person travels a lot (does a great job though) and every single booking is like that. I just crack my brain and become nervous every time he approaches with travel request. LOL