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Expedia’s business travel division Egencia has confirmed a global partnership with Concur to enable corporates to merge booking and expense management processes.
The deal means Egencia clients can book, oversee trips and now also manage expenses with Concur Open Booking.
Through Concur’s system, trips booked and managed by Egencia are automatically added to Concur Expense and details will automatically pre-populate the expense report. In addition, itinerary details, e-receipts and credit card charges are all matched, which the two companies say will make completing expense reports easier for employees.
Egencia UK managing director Graham Kingsmill (pictured) said the two companies had forged a global agreement “for at least two years”. Initial trials will take place in the US and Canada with other countries adopting it by the end of the year. Egencia has 10,000 business travel customers in almost 60 countries.
Kingsmill said the Concur system would be offered globally. “It does not change things on a local level,” he added.
Egencia customers need to purchase the Concur API feed to access Open Booking, but there is no charge from Egencia itself.