BEST WESTERN® ADDS TRIPIT INTEGRATION TO ITS POPULAR MOBILE APPLICATION, “BEST WESTERN TO GO!”
Hotel Brand Also Offers TripIt Pro Membership to Members
of its Business Advantage Program
PHOENIX (March 1, 2012) – As part of Best Western International’s continued dedication to providing travelers with the tools they need while on the go, today the chain announced a partnership with TripIt , the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (Nasdaq CNQR). Through this partnership, Best Western is the first hotel partner to integrate TripIt into its mobile application, “BEST WESTERN TO GO!” Best Western’s popular mobile application for Android, iPhone and iPad allows users to book hotels, access itineraries and keep all their trip details in one place on their mobile device.
BEST WESTERN TO GO! features now include:
• Hotel Locator: Find and book Best Western hotels worldwide
• Organize travel: Connect to TripIt to instantly access trip plans
• Photo and Description Capabilities: Add pictures and additional information to help remember and share details about locations you visited or plan to visit on your next trip
• Mapping: Input addresses of attractions and restaurants and use a GPS-enabled map to navigate through an area
“As more and more travelers are managing their trips while on the go and from their mobile phones, Best Western is committed to updating its mobile application, BEST WESTERN TO GO!, to meet the changing needs of the technology savvy traveler,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “We’re pleased to have partnered with TripIt to offer our guests this extra benefit to help keep them organized while on the road.”
“Businesses are hungry for tools that help them succeed, so bringing TripIt and Best Western together was a no-brainer,” said Mike Koetting, executive vice president of advertising and supplier management for TripIt. “The partnership brings technology and hotel rewards together for better travel experience, virtually anywhere in the world.”
In addition to TripIt’s integration into the BEST WESTERN TO GO! mobile app, as part of the partnership, members of Best Western’s Business Advantageprogram will automatically receive a complimentary one-year subscription to TripIt Pro after they register and stay one night with Best Western Rewards® Spring Promotion TripIt Pro is an ideal service for business travelers as the personal travel assistant tool compiles itineraries, notifies travelers of gate changes and alternate flights, tracks traveler loyalty points and more. Best Western Business Advantage is the brand’s incentive program for small and medium sized enterprises that provides business owners and their employees with preferred rates, elite status, and points bonuses tied to their travel.
Best Western Resources:
• For bookings: www.bestwestern.com
• For rewards: www.bestwesternrewards.com
• For Best Western’s mobile offerings: http://www.bestwestern.com/mobileapps/
• For Best Western Business Advantage: http://www.bestwestern.com/programs/businessadvantage/
• Like Best Western on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BestWestern
• Read the Best Western blog: www.youmustbetrippin.com
• Follow Best Western on Twitter: twitter.com/thebestwestern
ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,100* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 66 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 14 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, racecar driver Michael Waltrip, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western in 2011 was named AAA’s and CAA’s Hotel Partner of the Year and bestwestern.com was named the 2011 Compuware Best of the Web Gold award winner. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.
*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.
TripIt ®, the leading mobile travel organizer from Concur® (Nasdaq: CNQR), makes it easy for millions of travelers to organize and share their trips. Simply forward confirmation emails from anywhere you book to firstname.lastname@example.org and TripIt automagically creates one simple, smart itinerary to access on a smartphone, calendar, or anywhere online. For even greater peace of mind while traveling, TripIt Pro acts like a personal travel assistant that keeps travelers in the know regarding flight status, alternate flights, and more; tracks all frequent traveler points in one place; and monitors eligible flights for fare refunds. TripIt for Business is an easier way for companies to organize office travel; keep track of who’s traveling when and where, and whether travel dollars are being spent wisely. For more information, please visit www.tripit.com and follow @TripIt at http://twitter.com/tripit.
Concur® is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur’s easy-to-use web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time. Learn more at www.concur.com .