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ARC, Egencia Study Gives Insight into Value of Advance Purchase


Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) in collaboration with Egencia®,
the leading full-service digital travel management company, today
released new analysis that reveals how much money a company can save by
implementing an advance purchase policy for air travel. The analysis,
which is based on analysis of ARC's database of more than 2,000 U.S. and
4,000 EU travel management companies, may also help business travelers
understand how to arrange travel and stay within policy.

"Saving by planning travel farther out is not new news, but this study
gives much deeper insight into the amount of savings that is available,"
said Chuck Thackston, ARC managing director of data science and
research. "This is vital information for travel managers trying to
balance the needs of travelers with the need to get the most for their
travel spend."

The average ticket price for U.S. domestic economy flights was $454 with
a 22-day advance purchase versus $541 if booked 8-14 days before
departure. Travelers who wait until three days before departure paid an
average of $733, or 61% more than the 22-day advance ticket.

Travelers who booked 22 days in advance for U.S. domestic premium
airfare paid an average of $1,260 compared to $1,486 if booked 8-14 days
before departure. The average ticket price for domestic premium booked
three days before departure was $1,703, a 37 percent increase compared
to the 22-day advanced purchase.

For premium travel from the U.S. to Asia, the average ticket price 22
days before departure was $6,494 compared to $6,944 if booked 8-14 days
before departure. Tickets purchased three days prior to departure were
an average of 15 percent more than the 22-day fare.

"Businesses of all sizes can benefit from working with a travel
management company, putting an advance purchase policy in place, and
using the right tools to enforce the policy at the time of booking,"
Tristan Smith, Egencia brand vice president of global transport supply. "Egencia
shows that the probability of someone booking a U.S. domestic
flight within 7 days of the departure date is more than 15% lower if
there is an advance purchase policy in place. For international travel,
the likelihood is nearly 20% lower."

More information is available online.

About ARC:

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC
settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines
and travel agencies, representing more than 265 million passenger trips.
ARC also provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology
and access to the world's most comprehensive air ticket transaction
data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive.
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About Egencia:

Egencia makes every business trip count for travelers and travel
managers. The digital travel management company's industry-leading
technology platform simplifies the process of planning, booking and
managing business travel. Relying on timely, data-driven insights from
Egencia, businesses stay one step ahead by making choices that align
with traveler preference and corporate policy. A dedicated team of
travel consultants is ready to assist every step of the way, whenever
and wherever needed. Egencia serves small, mid-cap and multi-national
companies in more than 65 countries. To connect with Egencia, visit
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