Booking.com and AirPlus International partner to enable seamless payment experience for business travellers

Booking.com and AirPlus International partner to enable seamless payment experience for business travellers

New integration combines expanded choice, freedom and flexibility with a transparent, centralised payment option for corporate customers

Brussels, 29.11.2018 – Today AirPlus, a leading global provider of payment and billing solutions for business travel, and Booking.com, one of the world’s leading travel e-commerce companies, have partnered to provide a seamless booking and payment experience for corporates and their travellers through a new integration in the Booking.com for Business platform.

Using AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards, corporate customers can now generate an individual Mastercard® number for their employees to pay for accommodation via the Booking.com for Business platform. All expenses made with AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards are settled centrally and are itemized on one clearly structured collective invoice. For existing AirPlus corporate travel customers, setting up their customised Booking.com for Business account takes only a few minutes.

Extensive accommodation inventory and 24/7 support with convenient, secure payment

Through this partnership, business travellers can instantly access and book their ideal stay from Booking.com’s diverse inventory of 29 million total reported listings, including more than 5.7 million listings in homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. As a company’s AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards are automatically integrated into the Booking.com for Business platform as a preferred payment method, corporate customers instantly benefit from AirPlus’ flexible, fully-centralised payment solution with maximum security, data quality and acceptance. For any questions, Booking.com’s customer service team is available to support travellers 24/7 in over 40 languages.

With AirPlus A.I.D.A. Virtual Cards, the corporate payment and internal expense management processes are easier, more streamlined and highly efficient. Due to the transparent, centralized process design, corporates can achieve far higher rates of travel policy compliance amongst their travellers by leveraging this solution for their travel bookings and payments.

“This collaboration between AirPlus and Booking.com is promising news for travel managers that are getting aware more and more of the potential that slumbers within corporate hotel booking and payment process”, explains Michiel Verhaagen, Executive Director Global Sales & Country Management at AirPlus International. “It also brings relief for the traveller, who benefits from having less trouble with doing his expenses. We enable him to reclaim his time”.

“We are very excited about this partnership and integration with AirPlus and what it means for our corporate customers,” said Ripsy Bandourian, Senior Director of Partnerships at Booking.com. “Now even more business travellers can seamlessly find the stay that’s just right for their individual needs while using their company’s preferred payment method. With more choice and flexibility for travellers and an easier, more transparent reporting and reconciliation process for corporates, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

For more information about the AirPlus integration with Booking.com for Business and to sign up for a free account, please visit: https://business.booking.com/airplus/

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About AirPlus International:
AirPlus is a leading international provider of solutions for the day-to-day management of business travel. 51,000 corporate customers count on AirPlus for the payment and analysis of their business trip costs. Products and services are marketed worldwide under the AirPlus International brand. The AirPlus Company Account is the most successful central bill account based on UATP. More information is available at www.airplus.com.

Contact AirPlus:
Katrin Szabadics
Senior Marketing Manager                                                           

AirPlus International                                                                   
66 Boulevard de l’Impératrice
1000 Bruxelles
Belgique                                                                                                                      
Téléphone: + 32 (0) 2 550 83 08

E-mail: kszabadics@bcc.airplus.com                                             
Internet: www.airplus.com

About Booking.com:
Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com B.V. has grown from a small Dutch start-up to one of the largest travel e-commerce companies in the world. Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com now employs more than 17,000 employees in over 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide.

With a mission to empower people to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. At Booking.com, we connect travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts, tree houses and even igloos. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in 43 languages, offer 29 million total reported listings and cover more than 143,000 destinations in 230 countries and territories worldwide.

Each day, more than 1.5 million room nights are reserved on our platform. So whether traveling for business or leisure, customers can instantly book their ideal place to stay quickly and easily with Booking.com, without booking fees and backed up by our promise to price match. Via our customer experience team, customers can reach Booking.com 24/7 for assistance and support in 43 languages, any time of the day or night.

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CONTACT DETAILS:
For further information, please contact the Booking.com Press Office: mediarelations@booking.com / +31 (0)20 709 4743

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