Egencia Improves Business Traveler Productivity With User-Friendly Technology Allowing Companies to Easily Track and Control

Egencia Improves Business Traveler Productivity With User-Friendly Technology 
Allowing Companies to Easily Track and Control Spend 
BELLEVUE, WA  -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/13 --   Egencia®, the
business travel division of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), continues
on its mission to revolutionize corporate travel by launching
consumer-friendly products that bring easy, non-intrusive control to
managed travel programs and improve business traveler productivity.  
New feature releases in the second quarter of 2013 include Egencia
Autobook, an online solution to streamline the trip 'approval to
purchasing' process for travelers, and Southwest Flight Exchange,
giving travelers the option to exchange Southwest Airline tickets
online and via mobile devices -- a complement to Egencia's Mobile
Flight Exchange feature that launched in March. 
Streamlining the Trip "Approval to Purchasing" Process for Business
Travelers, Reducing Costs 
Launching June 28 in the United States and Canada, Egencia Autobook
makes planning and managing business travel easier and more
productive. Using Egencia's online booking tool, ticketing and
reservations will automatically occur for a traveler or travel
arranger following approval, reducing the risk of price increases as
well as the loss of available seats, cars or rooms. 
Autobook was piloted by more than 40 Egencia customers including
Gambro, a global medical technology company and a leader in
developing, manufacturing and supplying products and therapies for
kidney and liver dialysis, Myeloma Kidney Therapy, and other
extracorporeal therapies for chronic and acute patients, and Micro
Focus, an international software products company that provides
innovative software to allow companies to dramatically improve the
business value of their enterprise applications. 
"We were pleased to participate in the pilot of Egencia Autobook --
and immediately realized a savings," says Kobie Whisenant, travel
manager at Gambro. "The transition for Gambro travelers was smooth;
they saved time and our travel program saved money as we avoided
price increases that can occur if tickets are not booked in a timely
manner." 
Steve Anderson, manager of facilities and administration at Micro
Focus, adds that ability to have trips automatically booked is a big
convenience for employees. "Some of our travel approvers are based in
the United Kingdom while many of our travelers are based in the
United States. Often, it is an added inconvenience for our travelers
to go back online to finish their travel booking, especially when
they are already on the road. Egencia's online Autobook feature can
save time that Micro Focus employees can use to be more productive."
In the long-run, Egencia has committed that Autobook will bring
cost-savings to Micro Focus' travel program too, says Anderson. 
More Corporate Travel Options with Southwest Airlines 
As of April 26, customers that subscribe to Egencia's Southwest Suite
option not only benefit from fully-integrated access to Southwest
Airlines inventory and fares (Wanna Get Away, Anytime, Business
Select, and negotiated), but also from online and mobile ticket
exchanges. Both Gambro and Micro Focus subscribe to Egencia's
Southwest Suite and report that their travelers are delighted. 
With Egencia, business travelers can accumulate Southwest points and
benefits using their Rapid Reward member numbers and now can exchange
Southwest Airline tickets via Egencia's online booking tool and
mobile app. Companies benefit with important travel management
functionality including Egencia's TripControllerâ„¢, an on-demand trip
approval and auditing solution, and reporting which is applied
directly to Southwest bookings. 
Travel managers gain actionable intelligence into travel spend,
compliance and missed savings over lowest logical fare using
Egencia's Dataminder, an intuitive user-friendly solution that helps
companies meet their travel performance goals. Customers can
proactively track their travel program's performance including online
adoption and can set up instant notifications and specify relevant
parameters for air, hotel and car. 
This new Southwest Flight Exchange feature is easily accessible from
an Egencia Itinerary page that includes a Southwest flight. If a
traveler wants to cancel or void a Southwest flight, s/he will need
to contact Egencia Customer Service for assistance. 
Exchanging Flights from Mobile Devices, Easier for Business Travelers 
Launched on March 14 in the United States, Egencia's Mobile Flight
Exchange gives business travelers the ability to quickly exchange
flights, pay and go. Today, it features 27 airline partners -- with
the addition of Southwest Airlines in April. Travelers can easily
exchange flights directly from smartphones and tablets. 
With Egencia Mobile Flight Exchange, travelers can exchange their
tickets prior to check-in from a mobile device of choice by simply
clicking on the flight exchange icon, selecting a flight to change,
and performing a search based on several options: departing from,
date of departure, or destination. Additionally, Mobile Flight
Exchange has the same features and functions as Egencia's Online
Flight Exchange so there is nothing new to learn. 
Egencia customer Laurie Miyake, travel administrator for Amada
America, Inc., says, "Amada America's service engineers are on the
road traveling from one customer to the next, 5 days a week, and they
regularly book hotel accommodations at the last minute -- sometimes
from the parking lot of a hotel." 
Egencia's mobile solutions have assisted Amada's travelers by saving
them time. "Our service engineers no longer have to look for and log
into a WiFi network -- it's one less thing to worry about," adds
Miyake. "They can concentrate on the job at hand and not where they
will put their heads at night. Egencia has been a very positive
upgrade for us and saved Amada money because engineers can make their
own reservations without calling into an agent." 
Egencia Mobile Flight Exchange is accessible from Egencia apps on the
iOS and Android platform as well as via mobile web for all devices.  
Driving Global Technology Innovation, Karnati Promoted to CTO 
Egencia also announces the promotion of Sravana Kumar Karnati from
vice president worldwide technology and development to Chief
Technology Officer, Egencia Worldwide today. Karnati has been driving
technology innovation at Egencia since 2011 leveraging 20 years of
experience and his agile software development expertise, which relies
on iterative development, rapid and flexible response to change, and
collaboration between cross-functional teams. 
"Sravana is a natural leader and his technology vision is
awe-inspiring for all of us," says Rob Greyber, president of Egencia.
"Sravana's ability to build strong worldwide teams that deliver
innovative and beautiful consumer-centric products is exactly what
the corporate travel industry requires in order to modernize the
business travel experience and make it more productive for people
around the world." 
Prior to Egencia, Karnati held senior technology roles at Oracle,
Amazon and Disney Interactive Media. 
Karnati earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State
University, specializing in Artificial Intelligence applications. He
holds a Master in Chemical Engineering, with specialization in
Computer Aided Design, from Indian Institute of Technology
(IIT-Chennai) and a Bachelor degree from Anna University in India. 
About Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. company 
Egencia is a leading full-service travel management com
pany
delivering innovative corporate travel solutions and expert local
service to more than 10,000 clients in nearly 60 countries around the
world. As part of Expedia, Inc., the world's largest travel company,
Egencia provides forward-looking companies with the ability to drive
compliance and cost savings in their travel programs, while meeting
the needs and requirements of the modern business traveler. For more
information, please visit www.egencia.com or follow us on Twitter
@Egencia. 
Egencia and the Egencia logo are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013
Egencia, LLC. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-50; CST #
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