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American Express Global Business Travel Cultivates Connections And Communication With New Tools And Services For Corporate Travelers And Travel Managers

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American Express Global Business Travel (“GBT”) today announced new servicing and technology tools and platforms that foster stronger connections and enable smarter communications with travelers and travel managers. Central to these solutions is GBT’s focus on interacting with business travelers when and how they want to be reached, and ensuring a seamless experience from trip planning and booking to traveler care in the case of a disruption. The solutions announced today include the launch of First from American Express Global Business Travel and major enhancements to GBT’s existing A X CONNECT product and TripCase integration.

“There is no question that global commerce is at an important nexus, with strong groundswells of consumerization and globalization shaping the demands of our customers and changing the way all businesses do business,” said Bill Glenn, President and CEO of American Express Global Business Travel. “Technology and innovation that address these trends are at the heart of our strategies for growth as we continue our transformation at GBT.”

Mr. Glenn added, “We understand that ease and efficiency are as paramount to business travelers as are consistency, control, and transparency to the companies that send their employees out on the road. The solutions we’ve announced today demonstrate our commitment to investing in technology that meets both of these needs. Moreover, they enable communications that are succinct, highly relevant, proactive and immediately accessible – crucial aspects of on-the-go interaction with today’s connected business traveler.”

New Premium Service Platform

First from American Express Global Business Travel is a new solution for road warriors and executive travelers that provides them the end-to-end experience they deserve – from personalized business trip planning, to continuous monitoring and anticipation of traveler needs, to proactive care while on the road. The bedrock of First is the elite team of expert travel counselors and the next-generation technology behind them. These travel experts go above and beyond simply selecting the right airline seat or meal preference. They are virtually alongside the traveler, 24/7. First travel counselors are empowered to advocate and immediately resolve issues on the traveler’s behalf, utilizing strong supplier relationships and the latest travel disruption notification technology to help ensure a comfortable, productive, and safe trip. They are committed to finding solutions that remove travel obstacles and ensure a traveler can maximize productivity while on the road.

Through First, travelers get to experience:

  • A thorough welcome interview during which the First team gains a deep understanding of the traveler’s habits, priorities and preferences.
  • Access to a single, dedicated team of deeply experienced travel specialists who are available any day, any time, no matter where the traveler is located, and who can take all those unique traveler preferences into account without ever having to ask the same question twice.
  • Advanced technology that immediately identifies a caller by any of his or her phone numbers and ensures the travel expert has all relevant information and preferences necessary to anticipate and address the traveler’s needs.
  • Proactive disruption management through A X CONNECT, GBT’s traveler care solution, enabling First travel experts to proactively alert travelers to potential problems and secure alternative travel arrangements via SMS, email or by using a dedicated mobile app.

In addition to providing peace of mind to the traveler, the level of support provided by First eases a company travel manager’s already considerable workload, especially in times of significant travel disruption. First from American Express Global Business Travel is available to GBT customers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia.

New “Card Swipe” Functionality for AX CONNECT

In a crisis, incomplete itinerary information and spotty cellular and data connections can thwart travel managers’ attempts to locate and provide care to their employees. Through its unique relationship and continued close ties to the American Express Company, GBT has developed new “card swipe” functionality for its A X CONNECT product. This functionality allows travel managers or company security teams to view an integrated representation of a traveler’s itinerary information and recent American Express® Corporate Card transactions to help pinpoint their location during an emergency situation. Knowing where and when employees have used their corporate card empowers businesses to locate and assist their travelers in times of need with greater accuracy and speed.

Once they have located their travelers, A X CONNECT’s intuitive user interface enables travel managers to push crucial information to them via SMS, email, or a mobile app, and prioritize aid to those travelers with the greatest need.

Personalized Travel Benefits Delivered through TripCase

Furthering its aims to proactively provide travelers with relevant information that improves their travel experience when they most want it, GBT has extended its integration with TripCase, Sabre’s leading itinerary management app, to display trip-relevant supplier benefits such as free in-room Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast options. This information is customized to the individual traveler and his or her itinerary and is displayed through the TripCase application on the traveler’s mobile device.

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