Look Out Hotels: Airbnb Makes Deals With 3 Big TMCs

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Airbnb is partnering with 3 of the world’s largest travel management companies —American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel — with the aim of increasing the corporate component of its sales.

Business travellers only make up about 10% of Airbnb's business at present, but the company sees a big opportunity. The company says in a statement that biz travellers are increasingly seeking alternatives to hotels, and companies want to be able to offer employees those choices while managing costs and without compromising security and safety.

A press release from American Express Global Business Travel says the goal of the ‘referral partnership’ is to make Airbnb easily accessible to its users. The program will allow for data transfers between the companies, tracking capabilities and greater variety of choice when it comes to where users stay.

Travel managers will be able to access Airbnb's global inventory and gain better insights into costs and potential savings. Once the program has launched, GBT will refer customers to Airbnb, where they will be able to book their accommodations using a corporate e-mail address. 

On average, business travellers stay 7 nights in Airbnb accommodation, twice as long as average stays in traditional hotels, according to CWT’s research arm CWT Solutions Group. The research also found that companies can save up to 37% in some cases by using Airbnb.

Airbnb for Business gives business travellers access to more than 2 million homes around the world.

sam - July 13, 2016 @ 10:07
if I book a room through them what fee do they charge
how is their customer service--you can never find a phone number
my concern is when having to cancel a hotel or make changes how is their customer
service in making changes for you like airline tickets--I find you always run into a lot of problems with changes sometime on your own
reading that you can save up to 37percent using them- makes me wonder what kind of hotel room are you getting
need to be careful on the cancellation penalites never find this out till you start changing things
to be honest I feel hesitate to be giving a credit card to people I do not know about
I still believe the travel agent is the way to go for the customer service

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