Travel and Entertainment: An Airline Cost Comparison Update

The Procurement team has been periodically pulling data to compare Concur’s prices with those of other travel sites. They’ve found that in every case, prices for hotels and flights available through Concur are equal to, or cheaper than, rates for those same hotels and flights. Here’s the latest Airline Price Comparison:

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Background on Travel & Entertainment

The Travel initiative sought to streamline processes relating to travel booking and expense submission. The initiative paved the way for standardizing processes campus-wide by implementing one travel policy and one travel process for the entire University. A new electronic booking and expense tool, Concur, has reduced travel processing time significantly across campus and is also being used for all monthly p-card reconciliation.

  • Paved the way for all of the OE2C initiatives to follow
  • Engaged more than 20 vendors to make the Concur and Christopherson/Anthony selections
  • More than 150 individuals engaged for vendor demonstrations and feedback
  • Studied travel policies from more than 10 universities to understand best practices and re-write the SMU policy
  • Countless hours spent testing the Concur system to prepare it for end users