ORLANDO, FL – Concur, the world’s leading provider of expense management solutions and services, today announced a new partnership with Lufthansa to enable business travel bookings directly, while still giving travel managers all of the same benefits, tools and visibility that they get today on bookings made in Concur.
Concur expense data shows one in five air bookings are made directly with suppliers today with no control or visibility for travel managers. By leveraging the Concur TripLink solution, travel managers will be able to track, view and manage all bookings made directly on Lufthansa.com as soon as they occur.
This integration helps companies improve policy compliance and duty of care efforts. Business travelers gain the option to book their corporate negotiated rates directly on LH.com and enjoy the benefit of having their itineraries and expense reports automatically populated in Concur.
“This is a major step for us in addressing new-generation needs for modern business travel,” said Joerg Hennemann, senior vice president of automated sales, pricing & distribution at Lufthansa. “By partnering with Concur, we are giving business travelers additional and unprecedented convenience: the choice to book their flights where they would like to receive negotiated corporate discounts, and still easily fulfill expense and reporting requirements.”
Concur TripLink is a solution that addresses the growing challenges for businesses and travelers to manage travel and spend in a digital economy. Concur TripLink captures data from flights, hotels and ground transportation – no matter where travel is booked. Access to this data gives companies of all sizes insight into travel expenditures before they happen and a more complete picture of spend with specific suppliers, giving companies the information they need for better negotiations. The solution has seen strong growth over the last quarter with a 20 percent increase in customer adoption.
The product can also be offered as an element of an overall TMC corporate solution to the corporate customer. TMC Preferred Partners that are now live with Concur TripLink integrations are Adelman Travel Group, Cain Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Frosch, Gant Travel and Travel Incorporated.
“Connecting with partners around the globe to capture spend and travel booking information wherever it happens is key to our Perfect Trip vision,” said Tim MacDonald, executive vice president of Travel solutions for Concur. “Adding Lufthansa to our growing networked economy of Concur TripLink partners enables us to give our customers a transparent view of their spend, greater visibility into their travel plans and an effortless road to compliance for employees.”
Concur TripLink Partners previously announced include: Airbnb, Air Canada, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Etihad Airways, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), National Car Rental, Marriott (International), Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sixt, United Airlines and Wally Park.