Redmond, Wash., August 24, 2009 – Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), the world’s leading provider of on-demand Employee Spend Management services, today announced that it has signed a content agreement with Southwest Airlines, which gives Concur® Travel & Expense client direct access to Southwest Airlines fares and schedules.
This agreement provides Concur clients with direct access to the best Southwest inventory options available – access unrivaled by any other corporate booking tool in the market today. Business travelers currently using Concur’s travel booking technology will continue to access the SWABIZ fares they are accustomed to purchasing, while Southwest and Concur work together to deliver an even more streamlined booking experience and seamless connection through Concur’s industry-leading corporate travel and expense technology.
This agreement provides Concur clients with direct access to content from Southwest, including:
-- Integrated display with enhanced functionality such as live availability and last seat inventory
-- Pricing functionality that will support all pricing rules, fare rules and return of ticket number
-- Support for low fare searches that return the lowest fares available
-- Booking and ticketing that supports the Loyalty/Rapid Rewards member number
-- A wide range of additional functional benefits, including deferred ticketing, cancel reservation, retrieve reservation and exchange funds towards the purchase of new itineraries
“Through our innovative Concur Connect program, Concur is committed to providing our clients with direct access to the complete inventory from the providers they use most,” said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. ”This direct content agreement with Southwest enables Concur to deliver even greater value to our clients. By delivering direct access through their preferred corporate travel booking and expense reporting environment, Concur helps clients increase policy compliance and visibility into corporate travel spend while driving down costs.”
"We often hear from our business Customers that they want access to Southwest's low fares through their preferred corporate booking tool,” said Brad Newcomb, Senior Director of Sales & Distribution for Southwest Airlines. “We are excited about this new direct content agreement with Concur, and the ability to meet the content and ticketing goals of our top travel manager partners."
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 – Southwest 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.