Din­ing, Shar­ing and Big Brands Top 2015 Busi­ness Travel Trends


Ex­pense man­age­ment so­lu­tions provider Cer­tify has re­leased the re­sults of its third an­nual SpendS­mart re­port for the fourth quar­ter and full year 2015. The re­port tracks busi­ness travel ex­pense spend­ing across ma­jor cat­e­gories such as food, air­lines, lodg­ing and car rental.

Among 2015 T&E bud­get cat­e­gories, meals ac­counted for 19 per­cent of spend, air­lines and mis­cel­la­neous spend­ing tied at 17 per­cent, and lodg­ing, 14 per­cent. The“mis­cel­la­neous”cat­e­gory has in­creased 5 per­cent over the three years the re­port has been com­piled, due pri­mar­ily to the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Uber, which is the num­ber one ex­pense in the mis­cel­la­neous cat­e­gory.

Uber be­came the ground trans­porta­tion leader in the fourth quar­ter post­ing 41 per­cent of the na­tional to­tal spend for ground, com­pared with 39 per­cent for car rental and 20 per­cent for taxi. Num­ber two ride-hail­ing ser­vice Lyft ac­counts for just a small part of to­tal rides, how­ever the com­pany has seen growth of over 700 per­cent in 2015 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. An anal­y­sis of more than 9 mil­lion re­ceipts and ex­penses logged by Cer­tify in the fourth quar­ter of 2015 shows the most ex­pensed and highest rated lead­ing brands for busi­ness trav­el­ers in­clude Star­bucks, McDon­ald’s and Sub­way in the din­ing cat­e­gory, Delta, Amer­i­can and United among the mos­t­ex­pensed air­lines, Mar­riott and Hamp­ton Inn in ho­tels, and Na­tional and En­ter­prise lead­ing the rental car seg­ment.

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