ONE of the biggest concerns among business travelers is the lack of integration between travel platforms, often resulting in multiple bookings and expenses nightmares.
But Upside allows you to book your flights, hotel, rental car, or ride-hailing service on one site as a bundle booking. These packages let you save between five to 10 percent on your total expenses.
On top of that, travelers are entitled to rewards every time they book a package on Upside, and some of these include gifts from retail brands such as Nordstorm, Amazon.com, and Target.
To pick your flight, your choices appear based on ease and flexibility, just as they would on any other price comparison site. And to cater to the unpredictability of business travel, customer service staff are available 24/7 if you need to make any last-minute changes or cancellations.
Upside recently partnered up with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and subscribers of the publication will receive additional perks and deals through its WSJ+ loyalty program. Unlike the news site, the travel booking platform won’t operate behind a paywall.
Upside founder Jay Walker told Skift, “Basically, The Wall Street Journal is being an online travel agency, and we’re just enabling it. If you buy with them, we have a common infrastructure. We’ll know exactly who you are.”
Chief marketing officer for WSJ Suzi Watford said many of the newspaper’s readers were frequent business travelers who book their own trips.
“Based on their feedback, we also know that many find the experience time-consuming and frustrating,” she said.
“With the Wall Street Journal Business Travel Service, we are very pleased to offer a service that eases the stress, giving our members more time to get on with business.”