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Travel bookings come online

AN advanced online corporate travel reservations system has been recently introduced by American Express.

With American Express Inter-active (AXI Travel), business travellers in Australia will have direct access to airfare inform-ation and availability and be able to make reservations from their personal computers via the Internet.

It is the most advanced global online reservation system developed to date for corporate travel, and will be available in Australia in October this year.

AXI Travel has a strong reputation for providing closely

controlled business travel management and has proven its success within many Fortune 500 companies in the US.

Use of the system will attract savings through better compliance with travel policy, enhanced employee productivity and reduced transaction costs.

The AXI Travel product incorporates a company’s negotiated rates with hotels, airlines and car rental companies – which can be 10 per cent to 35 per cent lower than published rates.

It also encourages travel compliance by flagging reservations that are out of policy and directing travellers to preferred suppliers.

According to American Express research, business travel is the third largest controllable expense for most companies, following salaries and information technology.

Automation via systems such as AXI Travel can reduce the amount of time spent booking trips by 75 per cent.

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