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NEWS ARCHIVES - 2004

Airfare Discounts - Management Conference
Date: 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.

That’s 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 and dates.

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 calling—after all, they are the most familiar with the customs and the language.

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 fare.

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 at www.ctdahome.org/mc/2004/register.

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, July 19th.

For more Management Conference details, visit www.ctdahome.org/mc




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