Concur has confirmed Airbnb and Uber as the latest partners to join its growing platform to improve business travel and streamline expenses.
With this partnership, the benefits of collaborative consumption are now available to the business world.
Business travellers are given easier ways to book their trips, and complete their expenses, while finance and travel managers maintain greater accuracy, visibility and manageability.
“This new generation of platform partners reflects the transformation taking place for today’s business customer,” said Tim MacDonald, executive vice president at Concur.
“By partnering with these innovative companies, we are building a connected platform that radically improves the experience for the business traveller.
“With Airbnb and Uber, we are enabling, in business travel, what consumers already enjoy about collaborative consumption in their leisure.
“Capturing this spend then gives companies greater real-time transparency into traveller expenditure and itineraries.”
The partnerships with Airbnb and Uber signal increasing momentum for the expanding list of partners joining the Concur platform like United, Marriott, IHG and Avis to bring seamless connections to their customers for direct bookings and spend management.
More and more business travellers are booking Airbnb properties, with 27 times more transactions for Airbnb captured in Concur expense reports this year over last year.
In order to accommodate the increasing number of business travellers seeking cost-effective non-traditional accommodations, later this year, Airbnb will release an integration through Concur TripLink, enabling employers to gain full visibility into each booking to ensure Duty of Care requirements are met.
Business travellers are also increasingly adopting Uber for ground transportation wih five times year-over-year growth in Uber ridership captured in Concur expense reports.
Uber’s integration with the Concur platform will provide a connected and effortless experience for all Concur business travellers that use Uber.
These travellers will be able to request, ride, pay, and automatically expense – all from their mobile phone.
The integration between Uber and the Concur platform will enhance and expand customer visibility into ground transportation spend.