Integrated display makes comparison of rail and air options easy
REDMOND, Wash., July 22, 2010 -- Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), the world's leading provider of on-demand Employee Spend Management services, and Amtrak, America's railroad, today announced that Concur® Travel & Expense and Concur® Cliqbook Travel clients now have direct access to book travel on any Amtrak route nationwide. Concur clients may now view, hold, reserve and purchase Amtrak rail travel – and compare rail and air travel options – all on one screen.
With this new direct connection to Amtrak's reservations system, Concur clients will easily be able to add rail to their travel plans in the same way they already book air, car, or hotel reservations, and enjoy all of these additional benefits:
- Expanded route map to include all key Amtrak business travel corridors
- Mixed rail and air display to allow for comparison of travel options
- Direct passage of Amtrak Guest Rewards number into the Concur system
- Full support for Amtrak special rates
- Ability to book multi-segment trips
- Ability to cancel or put rail trips on hold
- Payment and ticketing with no agency intervention
- Support of all passenger type codes
“The direct connection between Amtrak's reservations system and the Concur Connect program will not only provide easier access for Amtrak passengers booking rail travel, it will also provide a side-by-side comparison of a client's rail and air travel options," said Craig White senior director of travel industry sales. "This comparison will show Concur clients that rail travel is a very attractive and viable option, particularly along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC, New York and Boston."
"The Concur Connect program continues to provide our clients with direct access to an ever-increasing inventory from key travel providers," said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. "Our latest agreement provides Concur clients with direct access to Amtrak rail inventory, while enabling their travelers to compare air and rail options during the booking process – all on the same screen. We're committed to continuing to deliver the innovations that help our clients support their travelers needs while also enabling them to better manage their corporate travel spend and drive down costs."
Through Concur® Connect – the global program that connects suppliers from around the world and provides clients exclusive access to services otherwise unavailable though traditional travel programs – Amtrak joins a growing list of travel suppliers that not only feed complete electronic folio data in the form of e-receipts directly into Concur Travel & Expense, but also provide Concur clients with broad access to travel inventory.