American Express Global Business Travel signs Lyft partnership

American Express Global Business Travel signs Lyft partnership

American Express Global Business Travel and Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the US, have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership.

The deal fully integrates Lyft’s platform, data and insights for GBT client travel programmes.

Together, they will make it easier for business travellers to use Lyft for ground transportation, through a fully integrated travel programme and/or booking system.

The collaboration creates an innovative offering for Amex clients, making it easier for travellers to book ground transportation, and for corporations to measure the benefits of reporting, cost savings and duty of care.

“We are thrilled to pioneer a truly integrated and differentiated ridesharing programme for GBT clients with a partner like Lyft that is driving innovation in ground transportation,” said Michael Qualantone, executive vice president of global supplier relations for American Express Global Business Travel.

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“This integration is unique from previous reseller models in the ridesharing space in that it goes beyond existing agreements and truly integrates Lyft ridesharing content into our client’s travel policies as a compliant option.

“This is the first in a series of key milestones for our overall ground strategy that will be announced in 2018.”

Benefits of the Lyft partnership integration for GBT clients include possible cost savings, data visibility, and risk management.

“Partnering with American Express GBT to introduce this unique fully integrated ridesharing programme for business travellers is an integral next step in our efforts to streamline the corporate travel experience - ultimately increasing cost savings, visibility, and efficiencies,” said David Baga, chief business officer, Lyft.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the leading global corporate travel management company to provide a seamless solution for a wide range of corporate travel needs, through innovative insights and booking tools that have never before been offered in this industry.”