I am curious what everyones reason codes are when an employee books a flight that is out of policy and has to choose which reason the out of policy booking was for. We currently dont like the ones that we have, so I'm curious if there is a default or if anyone has a helpful suggestion.
This is a great topic for discussion! I will be interested to hear what other SAP Concur clients are doing.
The list of reasons is completely configurable which means you can customize it to your exact needs. When you are decided on your new reason codes, be sure to work with your fulfillment travel agency before making any changes. When you update the list, there are two different values. The first is the violation description, which is what shows to the user. For example: declined due to carrier preference. The second is the violation code, which is used on the back end by the travel agency, like XX. The TMC usually has operations around the reasons codes so it is important to involve them in this process so they can coordinate.
Hope this helps!
In addition to the standard drop down reasons, we have a freeform box that allows the traveler to provide specific detail; however, I am unable to find a report that includes that freeform information. Could you provide me the name of a report, field or resource where I might find that information? Thank you.
This is a good question. One of our solution consultants @KevinD might be able to share some insights on how to find this info or report. I would also suggest you check out the User Admin Group as a resource. There you can learn from your fellow admins in the admin only space.
Hope this helps!
Hi Kyle - I'll share.
Declined - lower fare due to Connections or stops
Declined - lower fare due to Paying to Upgrade to Prem-Econ/Business/First
Declined - lower fare due to Traveling with Client/Other Employee
Declined - lower fare due to Carrier Preference
Preferred higher booking class - Prem Econ/Business (which will be sent to approver to approve booked class)
Just to clarify before I answer - are you looking for reasons why travellers did not book with your TMC or did not select the Lowest Practical Fare of day?
We use the below:
-Travel with Client/Colleague/VIP
We have seen a reason 'I am a Diva' being used. 🙂
But seriously, the most important thing is working with the TMC to configure the rule we call 'apples to apples'. This rule is what the airfare violation will trigger when the 'lowest logical fare' is not selected. The important piece is to define what is a comparable fare (apples to apples :)).
I have seen people add a value to lay over/connection times. For example:
Direct Flights ok if next 1-stop flight option price difference is not more than $xxx, and connection is adding no more than XX hrs to the total journey.
Direct Flight: 3 hours in the morning $300
One-Stop Flight: 5 hours, arriving early afternoon $200.
If you consider average hourly cost of $50, the direct flight is the same price as one-stop (2 hr @ $50 = $100).
It is important to set the parameters of times ie: no more than 3 hours added to journey etc.
Companies get side tracked with ticket cost, and forget cost of productivity of traveler 🙂
Conclusion: I would add a reason called 'lower overall productivity cost between chosen flight and Lowest logical fare'.