BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Expedia® Corporate Travel today launched a new era in online corporate travel management with a redesigned website and a market-leading set of new, on-demand searching and booking tools. These features bring business travelers additional speed when planning and comfort when taking business trips, allowing travel managers and companies the opportunity to achieve more rigorous travel management and cost-savings through higher policy compliance.
The website contains a full array of innovative and intuitive new tools to efficiently guide business travelers through the booking process and reduce the need for outside assistance. After conducting extensive traveler lab research and customer polling, Expedia® Corporate Travel redesigned its site to reflect the evolving tastes and preferences of business travelers, enabling them to make smarter, easier and faster travel decisions for themselves and their company. The site now includes:
-- Trip Central, a single home page that welcomes users with a convenient dashboard that includes their relevant and customized travel information -- Complete details for a pending trip are highlighted on Trip Central for individual business travelers, allowing them to see and make online itinerary changes such as additions, cancellations and voids -- The ability for travelers to see and exchange unused airline tickets while online, so there is no need to involve an agent at any point. Ticket credits are proactively highlighted and easy-to-see when travelers are on their customized Trip Central page, making the transaction quick and convenient -- Automatic links to online airline check-ins, which help business travelers save time and reduce stress by obtaining their boarding passes before arriving at the airport -- Search enhancements that go beyond the narrow schedule and price searches offered by other online travel management companies, giving travelers a broad and deep view of all relevant flight options. These enhancements provide additional flights in each search that bookers may have missed in standard searches, such as sold out flights, and also gives them the ability to see how many seats are left for a flight before booking -- Premium economy class bookings on select airlines, which offer a more comfortable seat than coach at a more economical price than business class. Travelers can see and book premium class options when searching within relevant flight paths -- Advanced autocomplete, which automatically fills in cities and airports as travelers are filling in their plans
Expedia® Corporate Travel is also continuing to develop and create additional tools that are built on its powerful EPower™ service platform, giving its customers an advantage over other industry booking tools and solutions. These new features can automate a company’s manual internal travel processes and highlight important travel information to help Expedia® Corporate Travel customers achieve higher standards with their business travel experience. The tools, which are part of the freshly designed website, include:
-- A data download center that gives flexible reporting access to non- administrators within a company, so they can simply and easily pull large amounts of data for analysis and reporting. Reporting time periods are also greatly expanded so authorized users can obtain summary reports that span a year-over-year period, and more detailed reports that cover one year -- Online broadcast messages that are targeted to business travelers and based on their travel type, so they can see relevant and timely details on company travel policies, bonus miles and loyalty programs, and anything else that is affecting their current and pending trips -- Designation and management of a traveler's own arranger relationships, so there is less responsibility and set-up activity for travel managers
“Today’s launch of the fully redesigned Expedia Corporate Travel website is a significant enhancement over what is typically offered and expected in the online travel management market, and sets us apart as the leader of next- generation business travel management,” said Cheryl Rosner, president of Expedia® Corporate Travel. “In just three years, we’ve created more than 500 product features to help the business traveler have a great travel experience and travel managers run their program efficiently. When travelers are using these intuitive, on-demand tools that simplify policy-compliant bookings, it leads to impressive company savings and tighter travel management.”
For more information on Expedia® Corporate Travel, please visit http://corporate.expedia.com/ or call 1-866-328-0110. To view a demo of the new, on-demand tools being announced today, please visit http://www.expediacorporate.com/seewhatsnew .
About Expedia® Corporate Travel
Expedia Corporate Travel is the No. 1 on-demand, full-service travel agency based on the total number of customer bookings through a single source including online and agent assisted. As part of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), one of the world’s leading travel services companies and the third largest travel agency in the United States, Expedia® Corporate Travel brings together the best of technology and corporate support in a single-source solution that drives down costs. Business travelers have access to specialized tools that also allow companies to take advantage of rich management and reporting features.
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