Good for Busi­ness

Business Traveler (USA) - - TECHNOLOGY OF THINGS -

For cor­po­rate trav­el­ers, apps such as Uber, Gett, Hailo and Ad­di­son Lee of­fer the added ben­e­fit of be­ing able to cre­ate ac­counts linked to a cor­po­rate credit card, and fil­ing ex­penses is made eas­ier thanks to vir­tual billing.

“The Hailo app is used by over 90 per­cent of FTSE 100 com­pa­nies,”Jones says.“Those with a Hailo for Busi­ness ac­count also ben­e­fit from fea­tures such as on­line book­ing, ex­pense and travel pol­icy man­age­ment. In­for­ma­tion such as flight num­bers can be added, mak­ing it eas­ier for pas­sen­gers and driv­ers to man­age the com­pli­ca­tions and de­lays that are of­ten linked to air travel.You can also col­lect Avios with ev­ery qual­i­fy­ing jour­ney through part­ner­ships with Bri­tish Air­ways Ex­ec­u­tive Club and Ibe­ria Plus.”

Some are dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing them­selves from Uber’s on-de­mand model by pro­vid­ing the abil­ity to for­ward-plan, or by adding ex­tra ser­vices. Justin Peters, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kabbee, says:“Un­like Uber, ad­vance book­ing al­lows busi­ness trav­el­ers to book a jour­ney up to three months ahead and a fixed fare guar­an­tees the price, even in Lon­don traf­fic.”

Gett’s Ger­ber adds:“We have just launched a courier ser­vice through the app – and if you are in the right zone in Lon­don we will de­liver you an ice-cold bot­tle of Veuve Clic­quot and two glasses in ten min­utes for £39.”I’ll drink to that.

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