It’s been a pretty solid week thus far for Concur.
Business travelers who take rides using Uber can now automatically send their expense reports for every Uber trip to their Concur account.
It’s part of a new initiative from Bay Area-based Uber, which also today announced Uber for Business. The platform allows businesses to create accounts that allow their employees to easily bill Uber trips directly to their company. Uber for Business also provides a centralized dashboard for companies to see every ride that has been expensed by employees.
Uber’s focus on business travelers is similar to a program Airbnb debuted on Monday called Business Travel on Airbnb, which helps pinpoint home and apartment rooms that appeal to travelers. Airbnb is already working with 30 companies, like Salesforce and Evernote, to help with business travel-related bookings.
It’s all good news for Concur, which has seen huge increases in both Airbnb-related transactions (27x from last year) and Uber rides (5x from last year) captured in Concur expense reports. The new partnerships should only increase those numbers.
“This new generation of platform partners reflects the transformation taking place for today’s business customer,” Tim MacDonald, executive vice president at Concur, said in a statement today. “By partnering with these innovative companies, we are building a connected platform that radically improves the experience for the business traveler.”
Concur has now inked three big partnerships in the past month alone. Earlier this month, the company partnered with United Airlines to enable direct corporate travel bookings on United.com and United apps.
In April, Concur reported better than expected earnings for the first quarter of 2014, with revenues of of $169.5 million. That financial performance earned high praise from “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, who called out the company’s relative lack of competition as a reason why he feels optimistic about its chances.