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Thursday March 17, 2016  |  Archived News

Three Ways to Be a Travel Winner

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For every flight booked on Stanford Travel's Orbitz for Business site between February 15 and April 30, both the traveler and travel arranger will be entered to win one of the following prizes:

  1. One airline ticket to any Delta Airlines destination in the continental U.S.
  2. A $50 Southwest Airlines voucher
  3. One weekend night at the Homewood Suites Palo Alto

Photo of Anna Balmori, February winner
Congratulations to Anna Balmori of SLAC, who won two tickets on Delta Airlines in the Frebruary Valentine's Sweetheart promotion.

Take Care of
Your Guests

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Need to book air travel for recruits, visiting professors or other guests? Stanford Travel can simplify the process for you and your guest.

Here's a recent example: Every spring, more than 300 students are invited to Stanford for Biosciences interviews. This year, all the students booked their flights on Orbitz for Business, saving the School of Medicine $7,500 in booking fees over the previous year, when another travel agency handled the arrangements. John Bray, Student Services Officer in SoM, said the experience with Stanford Travel was the easiest process he'd used.

Need lodging for your guests? Stanford has negotiated rates for local hotels, which can be booked in Orbitz for Business. Rates start as low as $189 per night, and average 10 percent off standard rates. More information on Guest Travel can be found at Fingate Travel Resources; or contact

Stanford Travel
Helps You Save

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The average traveler visits 3.5 websites to book one travel journey. You'll save time by going directly to Stanford Travel's Orbitz for Business site, which aggregates inventory from multiple sources and offers a Low Fare Guarantee. You can save up to 20 percent on selected fares. The greatest savings can be realized for bookings made 21 days in advance.

Stanford Travel helps you to save time, too. Several hundred Stanford Travelers have participated in Global Entry on-campus interviews arranged by Stanford Travel. Now they can clear airport security without taking off their shoes, jackets or removing their laptops. To set up a Global Entry date for your department, contact Stanford Travel.

Here's another time-saver: It's been 10 years since passports were required for travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. This means more than 17 million Americans are expected to apply or renew their passports in 2016, up from 14 million in 2015. You can expedite your passport with Visa Central, which offers assistance and special Stanford rates on passport and visa services through CIBT, the world's largest passport and travel visa company.

Save the Planet, Too: If you are interested in offsetting your carbon footprint, Stanford Travel can provide sustainability reporting for trips booked through Stanford Travel. Contact Stanford Travel.

Coming in June:
Stanford Travel Steps Up

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You may have heard the news that Orbitz has been bought by Expedia. We anticipate that this change will bring about a much-improved user experience in Stanford Travel, when its travel provider switches to Egencia, the business travel branch of Expedia.

The transition to Egencia will take place in mid-June. We anticipate that the switch will be seamless, and that your experience using Stanford Travel will be better than ever.

We'll have much more information about this enhancement in the coming weeks and months, so please keep reading Stanford Travel News for updates.

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