British Airways Launches Corporate Travel Program With UATP

13th Mar 2001

Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc. (UATP) announced today the launch of British Airways’ Business Account System, BASYS.
Designed for corporations, BASYS is an efficient and direct payment program for management of air travel costs. The secure cardless system may be used to pay for travel on British Airways and through UATP, virtually every other airline in the world. The BASYS program is provided at no cost to corporations and offers up to 60 days free interest on a secure lodged account.
Corporations subscribing to BASYS will have access to a sophisticated management information system, whereby the most detailed air travel data is available for manipulation into customized reports. These reports may be used for budget analysis and forecasting and may be accessed by the corporation via their dedicated British Airways extranet or over the Internet. BASYS can also combine travel agent service fees and air travel expenses into a seamless single billing, allowing corporations to continue booking through their preferred travel agent. And business travelers purchasing air travel through their corporate BASYS account will be provided travel insurance free of charge. BASYS is currently available in the UK marketplace only.
Kieron Gavan, British Airways General Manager Global Distribution, said, “The new payment system is fully automated and will encourage process efficiencies for both corporations and travel agents. And within the next four months, we will provide access to British Airways flown data, allowing companies to track whether tickets purchased have been used. This added benefit will speed up the refund process and allow corporate travel managers to monitor travel spend on a daily basis.” Richard Crum, UATP President and Chairman, said, “As one of the world’s premier airlines for business travelers, British Airways and their BASYS program lends credible support to UATP’s global initiative. UATP provides the framework for airlines to improve loyalty relationships with corporate clients, via access to the most detailed data in the industry and a globally accepted brand.”



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