Business Traveler Innovation Awards  


Innovation Award #1: Sustainable Practice
Outstanding and original environmental efforts in the travel industry.


Nominee: Avis Budget Group

Nominated For: Carbon Dioxide Emissions Calculator
The calculator converts miles driven by a customer for each car class into CO2 emissions using formulae from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Avis Budget can calculate emissions for any time period, geographical area/location, and can be reported both for corporations and for individual business units for which rate codes have been established.   

Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Electric Vehicles
Hertz electric vehicle program provides convenient, global access to a wide range of zero driving emissions cars, such as Nissan Leafs, BYDs, Chevy Volts and Teslas, through Hertz rent-a-car and Hertz On Demand car sharing. Hertz simplifies the EV driving experience by providing in-car charging station info and charging stations at many Hertz locations.

Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Green Traveler Collection

Hertz Green Traveler Collection makes it easy to find and reserve an environmentally  friendly vehicle, such as a hybrid, clean-diesel or EV. Renters can quickly narrow their search to fuel-efficient and green cars on by selecting the Green Traveler Collection, which averages over 56 MPGs.

Nominee: The Boeing Company
Nominated For: Dreamliner
Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public. As a result of innovative technologies, the airplane offers unparalleled operating economics, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.


Innovation Award #2: Traveler Comfort                                                                               

Products/services that focus on travelers’ ease and well being. 


Nominee:, Inc.
Nominated For: Rolling Luggage Desk

Nominee: ExpertFlyer
Nominated For: Seat Alerts
Seat Alerts allows travelers and agents to specify flights where they are currently sitting in an undesirable seat and ask our system to notify them when a more desirable seat becomes available.  Travelers now have an opportunity to get a better seat automatically without hoping a better seat has become available.


Nominee: Germbloc
Nominated For: Grabzz
Germbloc  - opens “Any Door Anywhere”  without having to touch the door knob or handle which may contain germs that live up to 48 hours  that can make you sick.  GermBloc will help reduce the use of hand sanitizers. 75% of travelers are concerned about exposure to germs  while travelling. Visit for more information.


Nominee: Travel Rest
Nominated For: Travelrest Pillow


Innovation Award #3: Travel Personalization

Innovation and excellence in customizing the business travel experience for the individual.


Nominee: Avis Budget Group
Nominated For: Smoke-Free Rental Car
In late 2009, in response to customer feedback, Avis Budget Group became the first rental car company to offer a 100 percent smoke-free fleet by prohibiting smoking in Avis and Budget vehicles in the United States and Canada. Since then, other car rental companies have followed suit with similar policies. 


Nominee: Business Traveler Social
Nominated For: Social Media Solutions
Business Traveler Social ( is a social networking and information resource for business travelers. BTSocial is a tool for business travelers to connect with one another, both online and in-person. BTSocial is the first business-travel-centric service featuring an interactive social application for users to share locations, comprehensive news platform, and social networking events


Nominee: Business Travel Success
Nominated For: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel with Confidence
Called “the bible for business travelers” by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Business Travel Success is the go-to guide for business travelers for living their life on the road successfully while taking care of personal relationships, health and more. Includes Ultimate Travel Resource with hundreds of valuable websites!


Nominee: Concur
Nominated For: Online Booking


Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Acceler-Rental:Express Rent™ Virtual Kiosk
Hertz lets business travelers rent a car without a reservation and  without a line through a live, face-to-face video kiosk. ExpressRent™ minimizes wait times, accepts debit or credit cards, validates a driver’s license and prints the rental agreement, while providing a full-service experience.


Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Carfirmation™
Hertz’s Mobile Gold Alerts, provides business travelers with an email/SMS text confirming a reservation and letting customers know which car they will be driving and where it is parked, the minute the car is ready.  There’s no stopping, Gold members head straight to their car, get in and go.


Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Gold Choice™
Hertz gives business travelers the power to keep the car they reserved or choose something different from the ‘Gold Choice’ area.  Whether keeping the pre-assigned car or switching, Gold members still skip the counter and head to the exit gate without wasting anytime.


Nominee: Targus
Nominated For: Zip-Thru Laptop Bag


Nominee: TripLingo
Nominated For: TripLingo
TripLingo helps travelers overcome the language barrier with an award-winning mobile language platform. Our special product for business travelers offers a crash course in the local language and culture to help them communicate effectively, adjust to local norms, avoid faux pas, and establish mutual trust. Named one of the “11 Groundbreaking Inventions of 2011” by Business Insider.  


Innovation Award #4: Outstanding Apps
Applications that help business travelers organize and/or make best use of their time on the road.


Nominee: Active Network
Nominated For: Mobile Attendee

The Active Network Mobile Suite is tailored to any type, size or complexity of meeting and event. Attendees gain an engaging, interactive mobile experience to quickly and easily access content, connect with others, and engage with the event both before, during and after the event.

Nominee: Avis Budget Group
Nominated For: Avis Car Rental’s App
In addition to allowing travelers to make/modify/cancel reservations, Avis’ iPhone mobile application features a safety benefit. The mobile application connects renters to Roadside Assistance so that help can arrive more quickly should the customer run out of gas, get a flat tire, lock the keys inside the vehicle or experience a mechanical problem.  


Nominee: Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Nominated For: CWT To Go™
CWT To Go™ is the complimentary mobile app provided by trusted travel leader, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT).  Available exclusively to CWT travelers worldwide via Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone devices, CWT To Go™ provides touch-less sync of offline and online CWT bookings, flight notifications, access to relevant trip-related information, and more.


Nominee: Concur
Nominated For: TripIt Pro


Nominee: GetThere
Nominated For: GetThere mobile
Replicating a corporate travel site on a smartphone, allows travelers to shop and book new air and hotel reservations, view and share travel plans, check flight status in real-time and quickly contact their travel agency. GetThere Mobile supports corporate policy and preferred suppliers.


Nominated For: App to find places to work around you


Nominee: Sabre
Nominated For: Red App Centre


Nominee: Sabre
Nominated For: TripCase


Nominee: StarChef
Nominated For: Chef’s Pick


Nominee: Travisa
Nominated For: Visa App
With the Travisa Visa App, you can access detailed information on travel visa requirements for over 200 Countries as well as passport services directly on your iPad, iPhone or Android, even when you don’t have internet access. This is a vital tool for the busy international traveler.


Nominee: Worldmate
Nominated For: Worldmate App


Innovation Award #5: Travel Convenience & Efficiency
Services that expedite the travel process.


Nominee: Avis Budget Group
Nominated For: TripIt Service
Avis and TripIt joined forces to offer a fast, easy and more personalized way to add a rental car to trips. The Avis service extracts trip details such as flight and hotel reservations from TripIt itineraries and populates the corresponding fields on, so there’s less work required by the traveler.


Nominee: Brenthaven
Nominated For: Brenthaven Metrolite BP-XF
Brenthaven® began over 30 years ago creating products that were aimed at explorers and adventurers who needed to survive the extreme conditions of the outdoors. Fast forward to today and Brenthaven's focus is designing the most protective cases for your mobile technology.


Nominated For: is the easiest way to find, book and pay taxis, executive cars and minibuses across Europe. We offer all-inclusive flat rates and a secure credit card payment with electronic receipt. Mobile app will be launched at GBTA Boston 2012!


Nominee: CIBT
Nominated For: Visa and Passport Service
CIBT is the most-established travel documents company in the world and has offices in 11 countries.   CIBT’s assists employees of the largest corporations, customers of airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, and TMC’s in securing required documents.


Nominee: Hotel Cairns
Nominated For: Free Smart Cars


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Nominee: Southwest Airlines
Nominated For: Fly By Priority Lanes
Southwest Airlines Fly By® Priority Lanes allow all A-List Members and Business Select™ Customers the opportunity to “fly” to the front of the line at select ticket counters and TSA Security Checkpoints. Just another example of Southwest Airlines working to make the travel experience as smooth as possible.


Nominee: TRX
Nominated For: Traveltrax
TRAVELTRAX helps manage travel program costs more effectively through improved access to your consolidated corporate travel data. Dashboards ease the tracking of travelers, controlling budgets and reducing travel expenses. Consolidated data from multiple sources help improve the quality of information, simplify travel program management and provide insightful reporting.


Nominee: WeDriveU
Nominated For: Avis Chauffeur Drive 
Enjoy Avis Chauffeur Drive by WeDriveU, the most reliable, convenient and cost-effective ground transportation. Book your Avis rental vehicle and add a professional WeDriveU chauffeur to drive to your meetings and appointments. Your chauffeur can pick-up and return your Avis vehicle. Popular for VIPs and groups at meetings and events.


Innovation Award #6: Travel Management


Nominee: Avis Budget Group
Nominated For: Avis Interactive
Avis Interactive is the car rental industry’s first Internet-based reporting system for corporate accounts to access their car rental program information whenever they need it. The self-service tool provides detailed reports to track travelers’ behavior/compliance with travel program regulations identify avoidable travel expenses and cost savings.


Nominee: ProcureApp
Nominated For: ProcureApp
ProcureApp provides Managed Open Procurement & Compliance solutions. ProcureApp enables contract compliance to purchasing policies on supplier websites, discount utilization, policy messaging and 1 click receipt integration to expense management systems. Employees experience a seamless workflow while enabling procurement to achieve higher contract compliance, and robust, "Level 5" Data Reporting.


Nominee: Sabre Travel Network
Nominated For: Sabre Virtual Meetings
A global reservation system for booking and scheduling public and corporate-owned high-definition video conferencing rooms. The system allows users to view conference room availability in real-time, review rates and features, and book meetings across geographic regions.


Nominee: Short’s Travel
Nominated For: BookIt
64% of travelers search flights outside corporate booking tools before booking with their TMC. Bookit by Short’s Travel empowers travelers and makes it easy to search on consumer websites, then email flights to us to check policy, apply corporate discounts, and book directly with the TMC right from their email.


Nominee: YAPTA
Nominated For: FarelQ
FareIQ price tracking services ensure that you get the best prices on your air travel spend. We continually watch for price variations on your booked airfare and send instant alerts when savings are significant enough to warrant rebooking. Your travelers keep the same flight, seating class and preferences—and you keep the savings from the lower price. 


Innovation Award #7: Traveler Productivity
Solutions that keep mobile executives productive.


Nominee: Concur
Nominated For: Concur Travel and Expense


Nominee: GetThere
Nominated For: GetThere Experience
A streamlined and user-friendly business travel booking experience. Allows users to book air, hotel, ground, rail, meetings and virtual meetings easy and efficiently, while also giving travel managers powerful messaging abilities to push policy compliance, preferred suppliers and savings.


Nominee: GetThere
Nominated For: GetThere Express
Streamlines the checkout process by providing a single-page view to book a business trip. Four pages of traveler, billing, policy and review information is now collapsed to just a single page.


Nominee: GoGo LLC
Nominated For: In-flight Wi-fi


Nominee: Hertz®
Nominated For: Hertz NeverLost® Online Trip Planning
Hertz NeverLost makes business travel SIMPLE, with custom corporate trip planning websites, pre-loaded with corporate locations and preferred hotels. Create trips online at and save to a USB or a unique download code. Insert the USB into the NeverLost, or ENTER the download code, and you’re on your way!


Nominee: RIM
Nominated For: BlackBerry


Nominee: TRX
Nominated For: Travelinx
TRAVELINX is a virtual travel companion for the business traveler, converting key travel information such as airline, car rental, and hotel booking details into a mobile itinerary that can be accessed anytime. TRAVELINX enables the business traveler to manage their entire itinerary on the road simply and securely.


Nominee: Airport Life
Nominated For: Airport Life app