CHICAGO, Ill. – Orbitz for Business, the corporate travel group of Orbitz Worldwide Inc., today rolled out the red carpet for companies and business travelers with Business Advantage, a new offering that gives road warriors the confidence to book hotel accommodations in advance with fully refundable rates*, discounts and complimentary amenities. Orbitz for Business Business Advantage rates and amenities are now available from hotel partners in every major U.S. market, as well as key international business destinations in Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
In exchange for refundable rates and amenities, Business Advantage gives participating hotels premium visibility and search placement with hundreds of thousands of qualified, in-market business travelers. Since the pilot launch of Business Advantage in January 2011, participating hotels have seen a 62 percent year-over-year increase in Orbitz for Business bookings (compared to a 20 percent increase for non-participating hotels).
“From the moment we launched the pilot, Business Advantage has delivered a compelling value proposition to our individual business travelers, corporate travel managers and participating hotel partners,” said Frank Petito, president, Orbitz for Business. “Given the nature of business travel – and the frequent last-minute adjustments to meeting dates, times and venues – it was important for us to work with our hotel partners in key markets to give business travelers more flexibility and savings when making their travel arrangements.”