e-Travel, online travel solutions provider and the e-commerce unit of Amadeus GTD, has announced the availability of e-Travelå® Aergo (US) 5.0, the latest release of its online travel booking tool for corporations and travel agencies.
Scott Gutz, CEO and president - e-Travel
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Aergo (US) 5.0 offers business travelers a user-friendly interface, the widest range of search options for finding just the right hotel, and access to Web-only fares from both major and low-cost airlines.
“Aergo (US) 5.0 provides a new level of hotel functionality to the corporate travel industry,” said Norm Rose, president of Travel Tech Consulting, Inc. and author of Corporate Travel: Technology Trends and Market Analysis. “To drive adoption, self-booking tools need to become easier to use and more intuitive, and e-Travel’s new release provides a rich platform to assist travelers with locating the precise hotels that meet their business objectives. Information can be sorted easily, giving travelers flexibility to manipulate content quickly and locate their preferred hotels, while enforcing corporate travel policy.”
Aergo (US) 5.0’s innovative hotel functionality lets travelers easily transition from booking airline tickets to booking hotel rooms by automatically including the correct travel dates, city, state and country for each trip so they need only click the ‘search’ button to get started.
Travelers will then be able to:
-See real-time availability and booking confirmations - for more than 60,000 worldwide properties
-Map hotels in relation to favorite venues - using dynamic mapping capabilities, travelers can locate hotels by city center, airport, address, proximity to an office location or point of interest
View detailed property information - including rates and amenities, as well as detailed information on transportation and nearby attractions
-Define personal search parameters - to include favorite hotel chains, exclude certain properties, or limit searches to hotels with preferred amenities, room type or price
-Easily repeat or modify a hotel search - original searches can be saved and modified, providing a quick and easy option for subsequent stays
-In addition to the features offered to travelers, corporate travel managers will benefit from enhanced filtering, and configurable search and display capabilities for maximum policy adherence.
With the new administrative functionality included in Aergo (US) 5.0, travel managers can:
-Manage travel policy - by enforcing policy compliance or requiring justification for policy deviations, such as not choosing the preferred, lowest or per diem rate.
-Support negotiated programs - by designating preferred rate codes and rate types, driving bookings to select properties
Control access - to hotel chains, by pre-selecting which hotels are displayed to travelers
Access or filter out special rates - including government, military or travel agency rates
Custom-build a duplicate of each booking - also known as a ‘passive segment,’ to ensure traveler compliance with tracking and reporting systems
Know where travelers are - by automatically retaining traveler itineraries for customer service and emergency contact purposes
Aergo 5.0 also includes the addition of Web fares to provide travelers access to Web-only and low-cost carrier airfares not published in the GDS. Through a strategic alliance with FareChase, announced earlier this year, travelers can now search, view and compare the full range of Web and GDS fares from a single starting point. Using the FareChase Web automation software, travel managers can control traveler access to Web fares, as well as specify search filters to ensure user compliance with travel policy. The data captured from each transaction is then available for reporting purposes to accurately reflect achieved savings and to help travel managers analyze and refine future travel policies.
, CEO and president of e-Travel, Inc. commented, “Aergo (US) 5.0 provides employees the full range of travel options within the parameters of a corporate travel program, while providing significant cost savings for travel managers. We see no reason for employees to look elsewhere when booking business travel.”
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