Concur, Lyft and Hotel Tonight bring you perfect trips and expense reports that write themselves
Today at the GBTA Conference 2015 in Orlando, Florida, Concur announced its newest partnerships with Lyft and HotelTonight. These new partnerships expand business travelers’ options for booking on-the-go and last-minute travel. At the same time, the partnerships give finance and travel managers greater visibility and manageability into business expenses that are booked out of channel.
The Perfect Trip is just around the corner with these partnerships. Travelers will simply link Concur to their Lyft and HotelTonight profiles, enabling direct mobile bookings and maintaining compliance with corporate travel and expense policies. Data from Lyft and HotelTonight will flow back to Concur to automatically populate travel and expense reports.
Following booking trends to meet travelers where they are
These new partnerships allow Concur customers to comply with corporate travel policy while offering the flexibility of booking wherever, whenever they want – which is something they’re already doing.
“Our data shows half of business trips are booked less than two weeks out, which fuels the need for on-demand travel apps,” said Tim MacDonald, executive vice president of travel at Concur. By partnering with companies like Lyft and HotelTonight, we’re advancing our commitment to innovation and extending the instantaneous benefits of on-demand services to business travelers, all while making that spend visible to travel managers wherever it happens.”
Even more data points to the importance of the partnerships. A 2015 survey of travel managers found that 50% say the booming on-demand and sharing economies are a top trend impacting travel programs. Supporting this observation, Concur saw a 7x increase in amount of spend by Concur customers expensing Lyft. Also, data from HotelTonight shows that more than 40 percent of people who book with the app have used it for business travel.
"Business travelers flock to anything that makes their lives easier, which is why Lyft's affordable rides within minutes have quickly become a go-to ground transportation option for many companies," said Amit Patel, director of enterprise at Lyft. “By partnering with Concur we are giving business travelers who choose Lyft even more convenience and efficiency."
“Our business is built to meet the needs of the last-minute traveler,” said Sam Shank, co-founder and CEO, HotelTonight. “Integration with Concur will further our ability to serve this audience and provide our business customers a streamlined booking and reporting experience, the process of finding a hotel from seven days out up to the eleventh hour.”
No matter where or when the travel booking takes place, Concur is bring The Perfect Trip to life with these new partnerships for both travelers and travel managers alike.
Concur customers can access the HotelTonight app today in the Concur App Center.
1 Source: Carlson Wagonlit 2 Based on Concur data from January – May of 2014 and 2015