NEWS ARCHIVES - 2004
Discounts - Management Conference
July 15, 2004
During the first six months of 2003, TOPAZ International
(airfare auditing, benchmarking, and statistical information
firm) compared over 15,000 agency-booked itineraries
with various internet travel sites including Orbitz,
Expedia, Travelocity and carrier-specific sties. TOPAZ
found that itineraries booked through a designated corporate
travel agency average $60 less than the same itineraries
booked on the public internet travel sites, saving corporations
an additional 10% in airfare expenses.
In fact, 78% of the internet fares booked were higher
than corporate travel agency managed fares!
Add to that other factors that will impact your travel:
cancelled flights, last minute changes, ability to access
24/7 emergency service anywhere worldwide, and booking
your own airfare becomes a time-consuming task.
Thats why we have partnered with Uniglobe Preferred
Travel to provide you with the most efficient, cost
effective way to travel. Not only did Uniglobe negotiate
an agreement with American Airlines to offer CTDA Management
Conference attendees up to 15% off any published fare,
but they have designed a system that you can use for
your corporate or personal travel year round.
Here are just a few of the benefits:
One-Stop Comparison: Simultaneous search of
all channels (internet, airline, consolidators, and
travel agency) for lower fares. Simultaneous search
of all possible carriers, routes, alternate airports
Lost luggage control service: we follow-up for
you so you can continue your trip.
24/7 Rescue line: Accessible via phone, email
or fax 24/7/365. Toll free from anywhere in North America,
United Kingdom, and 45 international countries. Especially
helpful is talking with an agent who actually resides
in the country from which you are callingafter
all, they are the most familiar with the customs and
Visa and passport service
Fare and Upgrade Tracker: automatically checks
for lower fares until flight time. When a lower fare
becomes available, we reissue the ticket at the lower
Seat Tracker: automatically checks for preferred
seating up until time of departure.
Management of Voids, Exchanges and Refunds: Management
and use of all unused nonrefundable tickets.
This system is available via our convention website
Look under "Airfare Discounts". You can start
using it today, but the American Airlines rates will
not be visible on the internet site until Monday,
For more Management Conference details, visit www.ctdahome.org/mc