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Payment and billing solutions provider Airplus International has teamed up with travel e-commerce site Booking.com to provide a booking and payment solution for corporates and business travellers.
The new integration on the Booking.com for Business platform will utilise Airplus AIDA Virtual Cards, enabling corporate customers to generate an individual Mastercard number for their employees to pay for accommodation.
All expenses made with the virtual cards are settled centrally and itemised on one collective invoice, according to Airplus.
Booking.com offers an inventory of 29 million reported accommodation listings, including more than 5.7 million homes, apartments and other unique options. Airplus says the integration of its AIDA Virtual Cards provides corporates with a centralised payment solution with maximum security, data quality and acceptance, as well as 24/7 support from the Booking.com team.
Michiel Verhaagen, executive director of global sales and country management at Airplus International, said: “This collaboration between Airplus and Booking.com is promising news for travel managers that are getting aware more and more of the potential that slumbers within the corporate hotel booking and payment process. It also brings relief for the traveller, who benefits from having less trouble with doing his expenses. We enable him to reclaim his time.”
Ripsy Bandourian, senior director of partnerships at Booking.com, added: “We are very excited about this partnership and integration with Airplus and what it means for our corporate customers. Now even more business travellers can seamlessly find the stay that’s just right for their individual needs while using their company’s preferred payment method. With more choice and flexibility for travellers and an easier, more transparent reporting and reconciliation process for corporates, it’s a win-win for everyone.”