Trondent Development, a global travel industry software developer, has teamed up with GetThere, provider of online corporate travel technology, to provide its corporate clients with a web-based pre-trip authorization capability. The pre-trip solution work

Published: 14 Apr 2005

Trondent Development, a global travel industry software developer, has teamed up with GetThere, provider of online corporate travel technology, to provide its corporate clients with a web-based pre-trip authorization capability. The pre-trip solution work

This automated, pre-trip approval process addresses a philosophical change occurring within many companies that have avoided the authorization process in the past.

By incorporating Trondent’s AirWEB Authorizer technology into GetThere’s online booking system, corporate travel managers and designated travel authorizers now have the ability to approve, decline, or request changes to various components of a traveller’s itinerary prior to ticketing.

“Corporate Travel Managers are demanding automated solutions to manage the cumbersome and often inefficient process associated with reviewing and approving employee travel,” says Dave Wood, Trondent’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “AirWEB Authorizer gives managers the tool they need to better control T & E expenses, while maximizing the returns associated with adhering to preferred supplier agreements.”

The organisations contend that the true value of the pre-trip authorization system is in the simplicity and flexibility of the process. Prior to a trip being ticketed, the authorizing manager receives an e-mail notification, linking the manager to a secure, easy-to-use web-based application listing all upcoming trips. If the trip is approved, it is immediately processed, but if it is declined, it is submitted for cancellation and a written explanation is provided to the traveller. Alternatively, the authorizer can request the traveller to modify his or her travel plans.

“Corporations continue implementing processes to help minimize travel costs,” comments Bev Heinritz, General Manager of GetThere. “We’ve always offered companies the checks and balances to influence travel policy compliance, and we’ve seen an increase in the number of companies looking to implement a more stringent pre-trip approval process, and this solution addresses that need.”

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