Chicago, March 15, 2023 – In response to the growing demand for sustainability in the corporate travel industry, Advito, a leading global travel consultancy, has partnered with travel technology platform, and SAP Concur App Center Partner, Tripkicks to develop a solution that provides accurate air emissions calculations at the point of sale. The partnership leverages Tripkicks’ integration with the SAP Concur online booking tool (OBT) to display Advito’s GATE4 carbon emissions figures on the air travel search results page. This groundbreaking solution finally provides accurate, pre-trip emissions data, enabling travel managers to educate travelers and influence their booking behavior in real-time, while also empowering employees to make informed and sustainable choices.
Both Tripkicks and Advito are experts in educating travelers and influencing behavior. They achieve this by providing actionable insights within the OBT that support travel program goals and enhance the traveler experience. Until now, travel managers were only able to rely on post-trip emissions data to identify the best options for reducing their carbon footprint. However, with this partnership, they can now integrate this information directly into the booking path.
The carbon emissions calculations displayed in the search results are powered by Advito’s ISO-certified GATE4 methodology. GATE4 is the most robust emissions calculation methodology available to travel managers today. It accounts for several key factors that have a significant impact on emissions, such as aircraft type and radiative forcing. Through this partnership with Tripkicks, the consultancy brings its methodology directly into SAP Concur’s OBT for the first time, displaying the most accurate carbon emission data available to travelers at the exact moment of decision-making.
“We’re excited to join forces with Tripkicks and bring our sustainability approach to more businesses,” said Julien Etchanchu, Senior Director of Advito’s Sustainable Collaboration Practice.
With the solution enabled, a traveler who searches in Concur Travel will see GATE4 emissions figures for each flight in the search results, along with a green leaf icon to highlight the most sustainable options. There will also be messaging explaining how the most sustainable choices compare to the rest of the results, allowing travelers to truly understand how much of an impact they are making by selecting the most sustainable flight.
The addition of the carbon emissions data in the display does not impact the sort order of the search results. The solution is fully compliant with the corporate travel policy and existing preferred supplier set up in the OBT. It is available today for businesses of all sizes and will enable travel managers, arrangers, and travelers themselves, to make informed decisions that align with organizational sustainability goals. The next iteration of the solution, expected in Q3 of this year, will include GATE4 emissions figures on the hotel and rail search results
Advito is the consulting arm of BCD Travel specializing in transforming corporate travel programs. Its intelligence-driven framework manages supplier spend and traveler behavior dynamically, ensuring travel programs run smoothly and efficiently, while meeting the needs of all stakeholders. With smart analytics, unique supplier strategies, and integrated traveler engagement, Advito elevates travel programs to new heights of sustainability, savings, and satisfaction. Advito is proud to be the first travel consultancy to develop its own ISO certified carbon reporting methodology, GATE4, and to create a dedicated practice area for sustainable business travel. Visit www.advito.com to learn more.
Tripkicks is a business travel technology powerhouse, equipping companies across the world with the tools to achieve their travel program goals and enhance the experience of their travelers. As a simple add-on to corporate travel programs, Tripkicks enables travel managers to influence booking decisions by providing travelers with actionable insights and practical guidance. With Tripkicks, travelers are empowered with the information and tips they need to discover the best options and achieve a successful trip. Tripkicks is based in New York City and works with global enterprise clients.
Tripkicks is a BCD Marketplace partner. BCD Marketplace allows customers to partner with the leading industry technology providers to create customized travel programs.