Cost is Not Always the Most Important Factor but Changing Suppliers is a Reality for Corporate Travel Managers Today

Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:10am EDT

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AirPlus International Releases Monthly Survey Results
ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(Business Wire)--
AirPlus International, a global provider of corporate travel payment solutions,
releases the July edition of TheWire…from AirPlus. This month, corporate travel
professionals were asked to weigh cost versus other criteria in the selection of
preferred suppliers. Over two-thirds (76%) found that cost and savings criteria
gained importance over the last six months. Not surprisingly, cost ranked
highest in importance with the selection of airline, hotel and rental car
supplier. However, cost ranked much lower in importance for selecting travel
management companies (TMCs) and payment solutions, where data reporting was
valued as most important. For more details, including a complimentary PDF of the
results, please visit the AirPlus Community. 

"The survey illustrates that change is a reality in today`s economic climate;
with 77% making changes to hotel suppliers, 55% airline suppliers, 36% rental
car suppliers and 29% changing their TMC`s as a result," said Richard Crum,
President of AirPlus International, Inc. "However, the payment supplier category
changed the least, with only 26% of those surveyed making changes. At AirPlus,
we are pleased that corporate travel managers recognize that their payment
solution should not be judged by cost alone. Data and reporting functionality
are truly valuable and at AirPlus, we are the best in the business. Our ability
to combine multiple data sources into one robust, yet simple data and analysis
tool, the AirPlus Information Manager, truly sets us apart." 

The Wire…from AirPlus is a monthly report on the pulse of the industry and its
relevant topics. Results of this edition are based on a survey of 147 travel
management professionals in North America and Europe in June/July 2009. 

AirPlus International provides savings to over 32,000 customers worldwide
through a suite of business travel payment solutions which include central bill
accounts, corporate cards and online management tools. AirPlus is travel agency
neutral, the leading issuer of UATP worldwide and the preferred partner of
various airlines such as Air China, British Airways (NYSE:BAB), Continental
Airlines (NYSE:CAL), Luxair, Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Swiss
International Air Lines, TAP Portugal and Singapore Airlines. For more
information, please visit www.airplus.com, contribute to our blog at
www.airpluscommunity.com, become a fan at www.facebook.com/airplusinternational
and follow us at www.twitter.com/AirPlus. 



AirPlus International
Rana Walker, Marketing and Communications
+1 (703) 373-0947
rwalker@airplus.com

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