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Cost is Not Always the Most Important Factor but Changing Suppliers is a Reality for Corporate Travel Managers Today.

AirPlus International Releases Monthly Survey Results

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- AirPlus International, a global provider of corporate travel payment solutions, releases the July edition of The WireOfrom AirPlus. This month, corporate travel professionals were asked to weigh cost versus other criteria in the selection of preferred suppliers. Over two-thirds (76%) found that cost and savings criteria gained importance over the last six months. Not surprisingly, cost ranked highest in importance with the selection of airline, hotel and rental car supplier. However, cost ranked much lower in importance for selecting travel management companies (TMCs) and payment solutions, where data reporting was valued as most important. For more details, including a complimentary PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format.  of the results, please visit the AirPlus Community.

"The survey illustrates that change is a reality in today's economic climate; with 77% making changes to hotel suppliers, 55% airline suppliers, 36% rental car suppliers and 29% changing their TMC's as a result," said Richard Crum, President of AirPlus International, Inc. "However, the payment supplier category changed the least, with only 26% of those surveyed making changes. At AirPlus, we are pleased that corporate travel managers recognize that their payment solution should not be judged by cost alone. Data and reporting functionality are truly valuable and at AirPlus, we are the best in the business. Our ability to combine multiple data sources into one robust, yet simple data and analysis tool, the AirPlus Information Manager, truly sets us apart."

The WireOfrom AirPlus is a monthly report on the pulse of the industry and its relevant topics. Results of this edition are based on a survey of 147 travel management professionals in North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  and Europe in June/July 2009.

AirPlus International provides savings to over 32,000 customers worldwide through a suite of business travel payment solutions which include central bill accounts, corporate cards and online management tools. AirPlus is travel agency neutral, the leading issuer of UATP UATP Universal Air Travel Plan (corporate chargecard system for purchase of air and rail transportation)
UATP User Acceptance Test Plan (Sprint) 
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Date:Jul 28, 2009
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