Sabre has expanded the range of travel products that corporate bookers can pay for using its Sabre Virtual Payments system.
Up until now, virtual payment cards have been primarily used for hotel bookings, but Sabre customers now have the ability to pay for air tickets, ancillary services, credit card fees and rail services using the system.
This has been achieved by the launch of Sabre Virtual Payments Ticketer, a software application that charges the same virtual card used for the air ticket when customers buy associated products, such as preferred seats and baggage, or add incremental credit card fees. Additionally the product integrates Sabre Virtual Payments with air carriers that require immediate ticketing.
The expansion into the rail sector currently applies to Amtrak reservations, but Sabre said it plans to offer Sabre Virtual Payments for European rail bookings later this year.
“We have invested significantly in a virtual payments solution that can be integrated in the Sabre Red Workspace,” said Clinton Anderson, Sabre Travel Network’s senior vice president of traveler experience. “We’re now focused on further integrating this growing technology with GetThere, our online booking solution, and TripCase, the travellers’ itinerary management app.
“We are excited about the efficiencies it will bring agents and corporate travel managers, as well as the value this will bring to a business traveller’s overall experience,” he added.
Sabre noted that in the last 12 months alone, the number of virtual cards issued through Sabre Virtual Payments has grown 150%. Virtual cards are aimed at reducing exposure to fraud, helping corporate travel compliance and saving time during the reconciliation process.