Orbitz for Business Named Preferred Vendor for Northwestern Travel Services
Program Rollout Planned for November 4, 2013
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 (OFB) 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
Orbitz Training Sessions
NU's Orbitz online training session was recorded and can be accessed via Dropbox. Please note that the clip displayed is a preview. To view the entire video, download it to your computer.
If you have students or part-time employees who need access to Orbitz for Business, please fill out columns A-P of this Excel spreadsheet. The completed form should be sent to Jeff Levin at email@example.com. Please note that you can put more than one student/temp employee on the form and access rights can be assigned for as long as three years. Do not move or delete columns on the spreadsheet. After the form is reviewed it will be loaded into Orbitz. Please call Jeff at 1-5993 if you have any questions.
Travel 100 Group and Intra World Travel Customers
Travel 100 Group and Intra World Travel will continue to be included in the travel program as agent-assist options for departments and schools. Only Tower Travel/Compass will be replaced by Orbitz for Business.
Tower Travel Customers
Tower Travel is no longer an NU Preferred Vendor and Compass, its online booking system, is not available for NU travelers. If you have an existing reservation, Tower Travel will continue to be your travel provider until the completion of your trip. Tower Travel will also continue to handle the redemption of any unused tickets you may have with them and be able to bill your chart string through December 25, 2013. After that you will need to use a personal credit card.