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How Expedia Wants to Help Small Businesses Save on Travel Costs

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This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » You're reading Entrepreneur United States, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

Despite advancements in conferencing technology, 51 percent of small-business travelers say the frequency of their travel has increased over the past five years, according to a poll by Expedia. The online travel agency noted that the average small-business traveler takes eight business trips per year and stays 17 nights annually in hotels, spending an average of $987 on a round-trip flight and $288 nightly for a hotel. 

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Acting on that data, Expedia has jumped on what it sees as an opportunity: to provide the same travel-volume clout to small operators that large corporations enjoy. Thus the launch of Expedia+, a loyalty program for small-business owners.

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