18 NOVEMBER 2019

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Article from BTNews 18 NOVEMBER 2019

Kayak turns to business travel

A new free platform for business travellers is being introduced by the travel search site Kayak designed to help staff to plan and manage corporate journeys by providing a streamlined approval process.

The company says the new portal, called Kayak for Business, gives those organising travel access to corporate fares and helps to ensure bookings are within policy. A spokesman said: “Our team needed a better way to plan business travel, so we built one.”

Early users are predicted to be small- to mid-sized businesses, but Kayak noted there was “nothing structural that would stop a larger company using the service as well”.

A spokesman said the new service would operate like Kayak, showing users a comprehensive picture of their travel options in one place, but would have added features for business travellers.

Kayak for Business is following the path of similar travel management start-ups including Lola, whose co-founder and chief technology officer Paul English was the co-founder of Kayak.

More information about the new venture is due to be released by Kayak before the planned launch date later this month, but the company is meanwhile compiling a waitlist of interested companies seeking early access.

www.kayak.com

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