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Orbitz For Business Named Preferred Vendor for Northwestern Travel Services
After an extensive competitive bid process, University Services and Purchasing Resource Services, with the help of a formal evaluation committee consisting of representatives from several departments and schools, have selected Orbitz for Business to replace Tower Travel as NU’s primary Preferred Vendor for Travel Services. Starting November 4, we will have access to one of the largest travel providers and one of the most familiar online booking tools in the world. This new partnership will help NU manage travel costs, reduce transaction fees, and streamline travel booking processes.
The benefits of booking travel via the NU Orbitz for Business website include:
- A robust online booking tool that provides easy access to the broadest range of low-cost offerings for airline, car and hotel arrangements
- Proven results of reducing travel costs without the need to check multiple websites
- Customized booking processes designed to help ensure compliance with NU travel policies and federal funding regulations
U.S. Cellular Discontinuing Chicagoland Service
U.S. Cellular has been one of three NU Preferred Vendors for cellular phones. U.S. Cellular recently sold its Chicago market to subsidiaries of Sprint Nextel Corporation. After the sale is final (expected to be sometime in May), customers will have 90 days to decide whether to stay with Sprint or move to a new carrier. Customers should receive letters from U.S. Cellular detailing the options and procedures. Their U.S. Cellular phones will still work during this transition period.
We encourage NU customers to move their service to one of the other two Preferred Vendors, AT&T or T-Mobile. For information on these vendors, visit the AT&T Vendor Profile or T-Mobile Vendor Profile.