The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty.

Sharing-economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process, they’re forcing many businesses to reevaluate travel policies and conventions that are pillars of the current system.

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Can’t happen soon enough. Business travel is a weird thing. While I did find that as a business traveler I could get a cheaper nightly rate on a hotel I never, not once, received a special perk at an airline. Or a restaurant. Or frankly anything else.

And in return the business traveler gets a terrible booking site; it frequently feels 10 years behind what is available elsewhere. Of course we will hear the refrain of the badly run enterprise solutions: security, safety, reliability. Security is a joke, I’ve been in plenty of hotels that were questionable. Reliability? How about having a decent mobile site so I can rebook when a flight is canceled.