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October 4, 2016

Sabre Launches Big New Mobile App for Business Travelers

Companies looking to move people to your events have a new option from Sabre. At the Sabre Connect conference in Dallas, the company has announced the new The Traveler Experience travel management mobile app. 

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The app combines multiple functions from Sabre's travel management solutions into a single platform, including homeland air booking from GetThere, itinerary management and messaging features from TripCase and e-payments from Sabre Virtual Payments. Additionally, the app incorporates the SafePoint risk management solution, which helps travelers check in with their employer via a GPS location and request assistance in the event of an emergency. 

Available to travelers through their employer’s travel program, the platform provides a single mobile application for travelers to manage their trips and expenses. The platform automatically adheres to corporate policies when booking or rebooking trips, and also automatically captures and stores expenses, auto-filing an expense report when the trip is complete. 

Sabre said it developed the app in response to what its research indicates are some of the biggest challenges facing business travel programs: corporate travel managers searching for a flexible platform, travelers looking for a seamless experience and corporations striving for a positive return on investment. Other Sabre research from the company's Digital Traveler Survey has indicated that, despite traveler interest, most companies do not require or recommend travel apps, leaving travelers to figure it out themselves. In North America, only 18 percent of travelers say their organization “has specific apps they require for business travel” while 47 percent say their “organization does not recommend any travel apps.” The most common reasons cited for using a travel app are flight check-in or flight status, generating an airline boarding pass, and booking hotels and flights. Approximately 24 percent of business travelers in North America use apps to request an Uber, Lyft, or taxi, and nearly 60 percent of North American business travelers are likely or very likely to use alternative forms of payment, including virtual payments and e-wallet, if they had the option within the travel program.

Sabre said it plans to add more features to The Traveler Experience platform as it introduces new solutions. 

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