TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Amadeus Partners with Star Alliance to make Travel more Touchless

Amadeus | December 17, 2020

Amadeus and Star Alliance framed an partnership that will give travelers biometric identity verification at a developing number of airports, with the point of making a more touchless travel experience.

Travelers enrolled Star Alliance Biometrics, which was dispatched in November, or Amadeus Traveler ID, will have the option to take advantage of identity verification services at various airports.

Star Alliance Biometric enables travelers to navigate through check-in kiosks, bag-drops and boarding gates with facial recognition technology.

For its part, Amadeus Traveler ID interfaces traveler’s digital IDs to online and biometric portals.

Spotlight

The world of business travel expenses can be a minefield: keeping track of all those invoices and receipts, especially if they come in at different times from different suppliers, some by email, some printed, and some even written out by hand, can be a challenging and time consuming process. In order to sort through the paperwork and ensure your accounts add up, you need to not only keep organised, but have clear guidelines in place for to what you can and cannot expense, as well as any budget limits.

Spotlight

The world of business travel expenses can be a minefield: keeping track of all those invoices and receipts, especially if they come in at different times from different suppliers, some by email, some printed, and some even written out by hand, can be a challenging and time consuming process. In order to sort through the paperwork and ensure your accounts add up, you need to not only keep organised, but have clear guidelines in place for to what you can and cannot expense, as well as any budget limits.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

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