American Express Global Business Travel tie up with Airbnb

Published on : Wednesday, July 13, 2016

American Express GBTA commercial agreement has been announced between American Express Global Business Travel and Airbnb. Airbnb is the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company.

 

The partnership will make Airbnb more accessible to GBT customers and allow the company to book accommodation on Airbnb for business travellers.

 

GBT and its customers can book directly on Airbnb.com, in the first phase of the agreement.

 

Approximately 10 per cent of all travellers on Airbnb for Business are business travellers. This trend is largely driven by those seeking accommodation that allows them to experience cities and neighbourhoods they visit.

 

To ease the process for the customers GBT and Airbnb will integrate Airbnb booking information into GBT’s reporting platform. Once the integration is complete, the reservation details for each business trip will automatically be shared with GBT. In addition to corporate itineraries and mobile devices travellers can access booking information through GBT’s corporate reporting and duty of care platforms.

 

Wes Bergstrom, GBT’s Vice President, Global Supplier Relations said that, business travellers want the freedom to choose accommodation that aligns with their personal and professional tastes. GBT is also giving priority to traveller safety and security. As the first travel management company (TMC) to partner with Airbnb, the customers can evolve their travel policies to offer travellers the ability to book preferred accommodation.

 

The first phase of this partnership will go live in the United States in the next few weeks, and expand to additional countries, including the UK, France and Germany, later this year. Additional phases will continue to develop between Airbnb and GBT to enable greater integration throughout the booking process.

 

Lex Bayer, Head of Global Payments and Business Travel at Airbnb said that, they are excited to be working with one of the leaders in the travel management space, and look forward to helping business travellers feel more at home while travelling on the road.

 

Airbnb for Business gives business travellers access to more than two million homes around the world, and the ability to explore a city like a local, even if it’s just for one night.

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