WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- UATP announced today that it has joined with Expedia.com, one of the world's leading full-service online travel brands, to accept UATP for airline ticket payments purchased in the U.S. along with Travelocity and Orbitz.
"Corporate travel is booming in the U.S.; GBTA predicts that travel spending will reach over $296 billion in 2017.1 This includes unmanaged travel that doesn't go through travel management companies such as Egencia. Accepting UATP for payment will give us a competitive advantage to capture a portion of that unmanaged corporate travel market," Falk Richter, Vice President, Expedia Global Payments.
UATP's Corporate Subscribers now have the option of purchasing airfare directly through Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, giving Subscribers in the U.S. more point of sale options when using UATP as their form of payment. All airfare purchased through Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity follow the same process flow as a ticket purchased directly from an airline, and travel managers receive the same detailed UATP statement with itinerary level data.
"Expedia is one of the largest travel companies in the world; it only made sense to work with them to provide corporate travelers access to the form of payment that many of their companies require when booking airfare," said Ralph Kaiser, President and CEO, UATP. "Through this collaboration, corporate travelers using Expedia, Travelocity or Orbitz can choose flexible routes to meet their needs for booking flights on any airline."
Now that Expedia is accepting UATP for airline ticket sales, Subscribers that don't have access to a travel management company such as Egencia have the opportunity to personally book their own airfare with company-approved payment methods.
ABOUT UATP UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world's airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail and travel agency payments. UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally. UATP offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream℠ and DataMine℠, which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for accurate travel management.
Accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®; UATP accounts are issued by: Aeromexico; Air Canada (TSE:AC) Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK); Air Niugini; American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL); APG Airlines; Austrian Airlines; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA); Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL); EL AL Israel Airlines; Etihad Airways; Frontier Airlines; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4); Hahn Air; Japan Airlines (9201:JP); JetBlue Airways; Malaysia Airlines; Qantas Airways (QUBSF.PK); Shandong Airlines; Sichuan Airlines; Southwest Airlines; Transavia Airlines; TUIfly GmbH; Turkish Airlines (ISE:THYAO); United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and WestJet.
AirPlus International issues the UATP-based Company Account for: Lufthansa German Airlines.
About Expedia.com Expedia.com® is one of the world's largest full service travel sites, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (https://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of top vacation destinations, affordable airfare, hotel deals, car rentals, destination weddings, cruise deals and in-destination activities, attractions, services and travel apps.