Supplier Data Share Typically, airlines, hotels and car rental companies provide corporates with quarterly or yearly PDFs or PowerPoint reports that may come with face-to-face meetings, depending on the size of the corporation.Pros & Cons: Travel managers can reconcile supplier data with data sets from other sources, such as expense, to manage contracts. There can be discrepancies between suppliers’ and buyers’ data. Suppliers classify and account for value in different ways. This makes it difficult to find consistency and derive true spend. The value of the data also depends on the corporation’s spend volume with that supplier.Access/Format: Aside from standard reports, buyers should demand raw data from suppliers, which may require some negotiating or come with a fee.Air: Airline data may include values for soft and hard savings and services. Pay close attention to whether those include items retail consumers would receive via status and irrespective of negotiated contracts, such as free checked bags. The data may not always separate ancillaries, and the data is not always timely. Delta has introduced Delta Edge, an airline analytics tool specifically for corporate customers.Hotel: Travel managers can get visibility into year-over-year spend, average daily rate and whether their company is getting the contracted rates. Corporations covet folio data, which includes guest name, total spend, nightly rate and dates of the stay, but it’s challenging to get. Most companies rely on expense reports for this detail, but travelers’ manual entry into expense reports makes it inconsistent. Hotel identifiers pose a challenge, as well, in that property names change frequently or are not mapped consistently to all systems.Car Rental: Car data tends to be richer than other supplier types, particularly for ancillary fees and services. Some car rental suppliers provide data analytics portals to view spend.