Rearden Commerce Secures Access to Southwest ContentSouthwest Content Delivered Directly to Corporations through the Rearden Commerce™ Platform
Rearden Commerce, developer of a next-generation commerce platform, today announced that Southwest Airlines fares and schedule information will be available directly from the Rearden Personal Assistant™. Beginning late 2010, Rearden Commerce customers that partner with Southwest Airlines will have direct access to Southwest fares and schedules, simplifying the reservation process for travelers and consolidating reporting efforts for travel and procurement executives.
"We're always looking to add new services to the Rearden Commerce Platform or to add depth and breadth to those services that we have in place, and this partnership adds a valuable component to our air shopping service," said Tony D'Astolfo, vice president of sales, Rearden Commerce. "The addition of Southwest's content further extends the value of the Rearden Personal Assistant by making their content accessible to our mutual clients. Rearden Commerce is dedicated to partnering with the best content providers to ensure the widest selection and the most relevant information so individuals can make informed decisions without leaving their preferred travel solution."
When a traveler books a Southwest flight, they will go through the same Rearden Personal Assistant experience to which they are accustomed, including the ability to: 1) automatically populate their Outlook® or Lotus Notes® calendars' with Southwest bookings, 2) receive timely and up to the minute flight and gate status to their devices of choice 3) supplement a Southwest itinerary with the full range of offerings from Rearden Commerce including airport parking, car services or dining reservations and 4) track and apply unused funds.
Through this new agreement, Rearden Commerce customers will be able to seamlessly integrate the following features into their platform:
- Booking and ticketing that supports the loyalty/Rapid Rewards membership number at the time of booking
- Integrated display with enhanced functionality such as live availability and last seat inventory
- Support for low fare searches that return the lowest fare available
- A wide range of additional functional benefits such as deferred ticketing, cancel reservation, retrieve reservation and exchange funds towards the purchase of new itineraries.
"Southwest Airlines is excited to partner with Rearden Commerce, and provide corporate customers with the seamless functionality, and booking/ticketing convenience that they have been requesting for years," said Brad Newcomb, Senior Director of Distribution & Online Solutions for Southwest Airlines. "Adding the Rearden Personal Assistant to our multi-channel distribution portfolio is another example of how Southwest Airlines listens to its customers, and implements solutions that enable them to meet their business travel goals and needs."
After 39 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers – offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, now serving 69 cities in 35 states. Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit southwest.com/cares to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.
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