Egencia applies machine learning to bookings

Buying Business Travel | November 15, 2019

Egencia applies machine learning to bookings
Egencia, the business travel arm of Expedia Group, has announced the launch of machine learning-powered tools that will identify savings for its corporate customers. Savings Fare Finder for Air use machine learning technology to automatically track price variations and rebook tickets without the need for action from the traveller or booker. When the system identifies a lower rate within an average of the first seven days of booking, it automatically rebooks the reservation with the same amenities and ticket class.

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