American Express Business Travel launches Pre-Trip Auditor in Canada



    
    - Tool gives companies more control over their travel policy and
    expenses -
    

    MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - American Express today launched Pre-Trip
Auditor, a new automation process that can provide improved control of travel
policies and expenses by allowing companies to review business travel prior to
ticketing.
    "In this economic climate, our clients are increasingly focused on
preventing costs at the point of sale. They are looking for end-to-end
solutions that will help give them control over their travel and drive cost
savings," said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President and General Manager, Business
Travel Canada, American Express. "Pre-Trip Auditor is a superior tool in the
Canadian market that automates the approval process and can reduce risk while
also making the travel booking experience more efficient and cost effective.
This is a win for the traveller and for corporate travel managers."
    Pre-Trip Auditor is one part of a total compliance solution designed to
assist companies to gain control over expenses by requiring employees to book
travel within the guidelines of the corporate travel policy. The tool enables
authorized employees to easily review and approve or decline trips.
    The application allows for review of all travel categories, including but
not limited to air, hotel, total trip cost, form of payment, preferred vendor,
and security risk. This American Express tool allows customers to choose a
soft approach with only an e-mail notification to the traveller and designated
reviewer, or a stronger approach that requires travel be approved before
ticketing.
    Pre-Trip Auditor was launched to US customers in 2007. Clients have seen
the benefits of replacing cumbersome, manual processes with automation, and
enforcing corporate travel policies.
    The key corporate benefits of Pre-Trip Auditor include:
    
    -   audits of all online and offline bookings for policy compliance
    -   identification of out-of-policy bookings, which can increase
        preferred supplier usage and drive cost savings
    -   reduction in errors, delays, and potential fraud
    -   support of traveller security initiatives
    -   automation of manual travel authorization processes
    -   detailed reporting to analyze compliance by company, division and
        individual
    

    For more information on Pre-Trip Auditor, and other Business Travel
products and services visit www.americanexpress.ca/businesstravel.

    About American Express in Canada

    American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex
Canada Inc. Both are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the New York based American
Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of
the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American
Express Cards in Canada. Amex Canada Inc. operates the Corporate Travel,
Travel Services Network and Travellers Cheques divisions in Canada.
American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853 and
now employs 3,700 Canadians coast-to-coast.




For further information:

For further information: Jolene Price, American Express Canada, (905)
474-8746, jolene.price@aexp.com

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