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Spring 2009 Release Preview
Empowering travelers and travel managers with better decision-making tools
Egencia strives to champion purposeful innovation through the development of superior self-service online tools that:
Welcome to our release preview focusing on the latest solutions for your travel program, including
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Egencia’s new hotel design and enhancements offer greater ease-of-use, creating an enhanced hotel shopping path that delivers increased efficiency through powerful tools and resources, including Google Maps.
The Hotel Search Wizard looks the same on the Egencia homepage, hotels tab and Change search pop-up.
Change search pop-up
City / Airport or Address Radio Buttons
The wizard always displays the two search type radio buttons: City, Airport or Address
Find hotels near a city or neighborhood Search Field
We now have improved visibility of address searches! Users can use the same field to input:
Custom Destinations Drop-down Menu
For companies where one or more custom hotel destinations are defined, the custom, Company destinations drop down menu will display.
The Check-in and Check-out date controls have a new location, but their user interface and functionality are the same.
The Guests drop-down menu is not shown when more than one traveler is being arranged (Group shopping does not support more than one traveler per room)
When the form is initially loaded, the Hotel name, hotel class link is displayed.
Egencia’s Hotel Search has some great improvements:
Enhanced hotel sorting for address based searches respects both company negotiated and preferred hotel relationships and distance sort criteria, by defaulting to city vs. vicinity view.
The Sort by drop down menu lets the traveler sort the hotel results by the item most important to them.
The filter by amenities interface is updated, but the filtering behavior remains unchanged,
The site will perform a new search based on the new selections, and will display those hotels that match all of your search filter criteria.Hotel Search Result Page
The Standard Google controls allow
Travelers and Arrangers to zoom, drag, or
switch from map to hybrid or terrain view.Search Results Interactive Map Features
Map pin indicators provide a visual location of the current hotels included on the search results page.
The color of the pins on the map provide additional visibility into the hotel rate type:
Green – Company preferred or negotiated rate
Gold – Egencia preferred rate
Blue – Expedia special rate
Grey - GDS only rate
The Interactive Google map pinpoints the search address or landmark with a green arrow, helping speed the process of finding the right hotel in the right location
When the traveler drags or zooms the map, the “Update hotels on map” button appears.
Clicking on the button kicks off a geo-centered search.
Travelers and Arrangers can drag the map to dynamically update hotels displayed on the map and in search results
The Scroll bar allows for ease of use when viewing hotel search results without displacing the map
Clicking on Views Rates or Hide Rates expands or contracts the rate display.
The Search results will display up to 5 rates for each rate type – Egencia Preferred Rates, Expedia Special Rates, & Published Rates
Egencia Preferred Rates include the bird icon
The negotiated rate includes the Company name (Hotel Demo) and the handshake icon.
The hotel Photos, Features & Amenities, Location links have not changed.
The special rate info pop-up appears when the cursor hovers over the “Flexible” rate type description or clicks on “more info”Hotel Rate Display Features
The “No payment required” and “No cancellation fees” have been added for awareness of rate flexibility.
Amenities are pointed out, including loyalty points, free breakfast, etc.Hotel Rate Display Features
When a discounted rate is available, the original average rate per night will be shown with strike out pricing.Hotel Policy & Discounted Rates
The site now displays negotiated, published and Egencia Preferred Rates (EPRs) and Expedia Special Rates (ESRs) on the search results page rather than the hotel information site Rooms & Rates page.
Rate transparency – Rooms & Rates page
Terms are clearly visible, and no longer accessed through a link
The language has been updated to improve clarity and comprehension of the rules and restrictions
For example: Cancellations and changes must be made before 11:00PM local hotel time versus the old message of 12:00AM
When a discounted rate is available, the original average rate per night will be shown with strike out pricing.Hotel Information
The Hotel Information section pops up over the search results enabling quick access to additional hotel information without losing track of where they were in the hotel shopping process,
Everything else has stayed the same in the section.
A hotel booking reminder page has been added to the post booking confirmation flow, pre-trip email and confirmation email when a traveler’s itinerary does not contain a hotel.
The hotel recommendations included in the module are within company policy and based on the traveler’s destination.
For example: “Need a hotel in San Francisco” displays 3 in policy hotels
If the traveler’s destination is not known a generic module appears without specific hotel recommendations. Instead, it provides a Find a Hotel button to search for hotels.
Egencia now incorporates hotel brand and hotel chain reporting in selected reports
Two new reports:
Additions to current reports:
Hotel Brand and Chain information will be added to two current reports
Enhancements to current reports
Hotel Shopping Path Enhancements
New Hotel Design & Enhancements
We’re excited to bring you great new hotel tools that include:
Other features for Spring 2009 Release: