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New Full-Service Travel Agency Added to Travel Web Portal: Egencia, Powered by Expedia

August 19, 2010 - University and Small Academic Support Services

Keywords: travel, Travel Portal, Egencia

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We are pleased to announce that we have expanded the travel booking options available to you through the Cornell Travel Portal by contracting with Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. company, which offers both online and agent-assisted booking.

By booking online, you can save over two-thirds in transaction fees compared to booking with an agent’s assistance. Other benefits of Egencia include…

  • Familiar, easy-to-use online booking tool: Egencia leverages the same intuitive look and feel of sister company Expedia.com with travel options and tools designed specifically for the business traveler.
  • Simplified expense reports: All of your travel expense data is saved in the Egencia site along with printable booking receipts, making reimbursement easy.
  • Business traveler tools: store your frequent flyer numbers and travel preferences, manage your travel from your work calendar, easily leverage unused tickets, or plan a group trip with colleagues.
  • The right travel choices at the right price: Egencia provides you with access to substantial air, hotel, and car savings. Egencia leverages Expedia's air, hotel, and car inventory, including Hotels.com (another Expedia-owned company).
  • Travel with ease while saving money: Booking online with Egencia saves two-thirds the cost in fees compared to booking with an agent’s assistance, without sacrificing convenience.

Why Use the Travel Portal?

As new contracts are signed with travel agencies, online booking tools, hotel chains, and car rental companies, they will be added to the portal so that, as you navigate to them, you will be taken directly to pages that will recognize you as a Cornell business traveler. Using the Travel Portal is the best way to ensure that you will receive discounts whenever you are making airfare, hotel, or rental-car arrangements. When you use the Portal, you are also helping Cornell with future negotiations by providing us with aggregated transaction data.

In addition, the agencies in the portal are the only ones who help ensure proper stewardship of Cornell’s assets by offering automatic enrollment in International SOS (for medical or security assistance in the event of an emergency during an international trip); 24/7 travel service; complying with the Fly America Act and accounting requirements for Sponsored Programs; and much more.

You can also use the Travel Portal to help visitors identify lodging close to Cornell’s Ithaca and New York City campuses. See the buttons for “Ithaca Accommodations” and “NYC Accommodations.”

Visit the Travel Portal

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