KAYAK for Business has launched its Enterprise platform designed to simplify corporate travel.
Building upon the success of its free corporate travel platform for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), KAYAK for Business now also offers a comprehensive solution that caters to the needs of larger corporations, the company said in a Tuesday (Sept. 12) press release.
The new Enterprise platform combines the features of KAYAK with the specific requirements of business travelers, according to the release. With a focus on simplifying the travel planning process, this new solution offers a range of benefits to enhance the overall experience.
One of the key features is the ability to access all supplier fares from U.S. airlines in one place, enabling users to compare and book directly with the airline of their choice, the release said.
In addition, the KAYAK app allows users to make changes to their reservations, reducing the reliance on expensive corporate travel agents, per the release. With 24/7 customer care available, if travelers do need assistance, it is just a call away.
The platform also introduces direct payment options, eliminating expense reporting for flights and ensuring travelers don’t have to use their personal cards, according to the press release.
It also empowers employees to take advantage of loyalty perks, shows loyalty point breakdowns to facilitate optimizing rewards, and provides a Price Forecast that helps companies plan their travel around the cheapest and most expensive travel dates, the release said.
The timing of the launch of KAYAK for Business’s Enterprise platform comes at a time when the concept of “bleisure” travel, combining business and leisure, is gaining popularity, per the release. After a slow recovery from the pandemic, attitudes towards business travel have shifted, with employees seeking to make the most of their trips.
“This is where KAYAK comes in to make planning those trips easier — and more fun,” the company said in the release.
KAYAK’s parent company, Booking Holdings, reported on Aug. 3 that it saw strong results in the second quarter, driven by robust leisure travel demand. Asia drove much of the growth in the second quarter, followed by the rest of the world and Europe. The United States was down slightly from a strong second quarter a year earlier.