For B2B payments, the pandemic may be the final nail in the coffin of the paper check — and the plastic commercial card, too.
When traveling for business in this new era for travel, the last thing a corporate traveler wants is to think about how to pay for the trip or hotel stay. It needs to be easy and automated rather than a stressful experience.
This is why Amadeus, Booking.com and Conferma Pay, have partnered together to allow business travelers to simplify the checkout payment process.
Bolstered by the new simplified payment system, the existing partnership between Amadeus and Booking.com continues to grow. The number of Booking.com properties available to be paid with Amadeus Hotel Billback has now increased from 20% to 80%. This allows business travelers to access the vast majority of the more than one million Booking.com properties available on the Amadeus platform, curated specifically to meet the needs of their corporate travel clients. These properties are able to directly invoice the business traveler’s employer through billback or the employer’s travel agent, via the use of virtual cards.
When business travel is arranged through Amadeus’ solutions (such as Amadeus Selling Platform Connect, Amadeus Web Services, and Amadeus cytric Travel & Expense), Conferma Pay automatically generates a virtual card number, which Booking.com then sends on to the property. At checkout, the property charges the booking to the virtual card, and the booking and payment data is then reconciled. Amadeus facilitates and enables the communication between Conferma Pay and Booking.com, who is now able to contact each property directly and provide the payment information.
Amadeus Hotel Billback which can also be combined with Amadeus B2B Wallet, is a global solution that removes the need for an employee to incur expenses on personal cards. It also provides companies with complete visibility over hotel stays. Virtual cards are easy for travel agents to reconcile, they come with less risk of fraud, and help companies track expenses.
Commenting on the strengthened relationship with Amadeus, Michael Miller, Global Director, Business Travel, Booking.com said, “Partnering with Amadeus has helped us bring more than a million properties from around the globe to the Amadeus Travel Platform. This breadth of choice, combined with the introduction of the simplified payment process through the Amadeus Hotel Billback system, really does keep the business traveler front and centre of all of our efforts, improving the overall travel experience.”
The addition of Booking.com content in Amadeus Hotel Billback powered by Conferma Pay gives TMCs and their corporate customers a new opportunity to use virtual payment for all their hotel reservations. Both the traveler and the agent can benefit from automated reconciliation, minimize the risk of fraud, and experience a simple, secure, frictionless process from purchase to payment” said Kelly Cleeton, Director, Global Business Development, Conferma Pay.
“Thanks to these upgrades between Amadeus, Booking.com and Conferma, travel agents will be able to offer hotel billback as an additional advantage that travelers can receive when choosing Booking.com properties. It will allow agents to quickly reconcile any bookings they have paid on behalf of clients, and reduce the manual effort involved in booking and paying for hotels on behalf of corporate customers,” said Katja Bohnet, Director of Hotel Distribution, Hospitality, Amadeus.
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About Conferma Pay
Conferma Pay is a global financial technology company. We design and integrate virtual payment systems that provides a more efficient, seamless and secure way to pay for for businesses.
Travel Meets Payment
Conferma Pay was born in Manchester in 2005. Since then we have connected over 700 TMCs, and directly integrate with all the major GDSs and OBTs. Our roots lie in corporate travel payment integration.
We enable our payment providers to flow virtual cards into the preferred purchasing process of any business travel buyer. Crucial to this is our network of banking partners, who have issued virtual cards in over 200 countries, in 40 currencies with over 45 commercial banking partners via all major card networks.
Our ecosystem continues to expand to meet the growing requirements of our global customer base.