announced the expansion of its longtime relationship with the La Quinta Corporation.
Pegasus is processing commissions for all travel agent bookings made at Baymont Inns & Suites beginning September 3, 2004. Pegasus’ recent implementation marks the first time that Baymont hotels are using consolidated commission processing services, reinforcing La Quinta’s commitment to the timely payment of commissions to travel agents.
The Pegasus service handles the centralized processing and consolidated payment of commissions to Pegasus member travel agencies worldwide on behalf of all hotels in the La Quinta family. In addition to the Baymont Inns & Suites, seven Woodfield Suites and one Budgetel hotel acquired in the Baymont deal are also using Pegasus commission processing.
“Pegasus’ proven commission processing services have enhanced La Quinta’s relationship with the travel agency community since 1992,” said Jackie Burke, vice president of reservation services for La Quinta. “Pegasus’ ability to quickly implement the Baymont properties was a critical part of our integration plan, and we’re pleased to inform agents that they can count on getting Baymont commissions in the same consistent manner that they’ve received La Quinta commissions.”
Eight of the world’s top 10 hotel companies participate in the Pegasus commission processing service. In total, more than 35,000 hotels worldwide participate in the Pegasus commission processing service, enabling the efficient payment of hotel commissions to Pegasus’ member travel agencies. Pegasus counts the majority of the world’s travel agencies in more than 200 countries among its subscribing members.
Using checkout data extracted from La Quinta’s and Baymont’s property management system, Pegasus consolidates monthly guest-stay information related to bookings made by travel agencies. Through this service, Pegasus drastically reduces manual work by back-office staff to make commission payments.
Pegasus consolidates La Quinta hotel information and commission payments with similar information and payments from other participating hotels. Pegasus then sends detailed reports and a consolidated commission payment to agencies in their choice of currency.
“La Quinta values its relationships with travel agents that drive bookings, and we’re pleased to support those relationships with our commission processing services,” said Bob Boles, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Pegasus Solutions. “The expedient implementation of Baymont Inns & Suites is a testament to the high level of communication, planning and execution by both Pegasus and La Quinta staff. We look forward to the continued growth of our relationship with this longtime client.”