Conferma has announced deals with Concur and American Express and data management is suddenly looking easier for travel managers, Business Travel IQ

Conferma has announced deals with Concur and American Express and data management is suddenly looking easier for travel managers

Conferma is the pioneer of virtual cards in corporate travel. And what it does, other industry players follow. It has always worked on the basis of partnerships, with issuing banks, suppliers, travel management companies, corporate clients.

But its deals with Concur and American Express this summer, both of whom were already existing partners, point to where travel management is going, not where it has been.

The arrangement with American Express allows virtual card transactions to appear on the BTA – Business Travel Account. The BTA previously did like all lodge cards and carried traditional air transactions while hotel and low-cost air would have been on a separate statement. The ability now to use a Conferma virtual card on any transaction which could also happen via a corporate card needing a CVV means in practice that all transactions can appear on the BTA and, effectively, be on one statement, not two.

The Concur deal similarly integrates the virtual card into the travel and expense platform and business travellers will be able to use Conferma for payments – another step in integration.

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