Expedia’s New Travel Search Technology

    January 4, 2005

Expedia has unveiled unique technology that allows, within a single flight search, business travelers to search multiple airports, beyond just airports that are naturally in the same metropolitan area.

Business travelers can view a list of additional alternative airports and can easily select up to four options, per leg, that they wish to consider in their search results.

To search alternative airports on the Expedia Corporate Travel site, a customer’s individual business traveler can select the “Also Search Nearby Airports” check box. The traveler is then presented with the distance from the airport originally selected, as well as a full comparison pricing grid of search results.

In addition to being available for corporate customers, alternative airport searching is also available to Expedia Business Advantage customers.

“Expedia Corporate Travel continues to focus on simplifying our solutions for business travelers and delivering new technology-advanced and easy-to-use features that ultimately result in time and cost-savings,” said Simon Tam, vice president of product development at Expedia Corporate Travel. “Business travelers who consider alternative airports can uncover significant hidden savings; sometimes even hundreds of dollars for their companies.”

The Relizon Company, a North American leader in document management and customer communication solutions based in Dayton, Ohio, is one Expedia Corporate Travel customer that uses intelligent and easy-to-use alternative airport searching.

“There are multiple airports in other major cities within relatively close driving distance from Dayton, including Cincinnati and Columbus,” said Amee Sherman of Relizon. “Being able to see the flights departing from and arriving to these multiple airports in one online search gives our travelers the simple ability to see which flight scenario renders the most savings and convenience for their trip.”

The individual business travelers are not the only ones who benefit from Expedia Corporate Travel’s new alternative airport features. Travel managers can set specific policies and require business travelers to review alternative airport options in key markets. They can apply alternative airport policy controls with varying levels of policy enforcement by specifying default alternative airports to be displayed in individual traveler’s searches. In addition, the alternative airport reports generated by Expedia Corporate Travel, give travel managers the data they need to easily measure and quantify the cost-savings value.

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