Comdata creates hotel network for fleets, drivers

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Updated Dec 23, 2015

comdataComdata, a provider of electronic payment systems, has launched the Comdata Hotel Network in the transportation market.

The Comdata Hotel Network, powered by CLC Lodging, allows trucking carriers and drivers to manage and reduce the costs related to hotel stays.  The program is designed to help over-the-road drivers quickly find lodging options when needed –  such as for rest periods, maintenance events, or training – by offering access to a network of 12,000 participating lodging locations across North America.

Check-in and payment is expedited by presenting a Comdata card, which secures a room and guarantees discounts of 20 percent or more off the lowest published rate for each stay.

The Comdata Hotel Network includes a mobile app that allows drivers to identify locations in route, review the nightly rate and savings offered by each property and screen for on-site truck parking.  By using a Comdata card, drivers do not need to carry cash or pay with personal credit cards.

For the fleet, the Comdata program reduces the need to manage reimbursements while offering the same level of visibility, reporting and controls they use to manage fuel and other driver expenditures.

“Our research shows that 85 percent of carriers have no negotiated rates for hotels stays, but a majority them acknowledge regular use.  In fact, the average driver spends nearly $2,000 on hotel rooms per year,” said Greg Secord, president of North American Trucking at Comdata.

Schuster Trucking Company, a refrigerated carrier based in Le Mars, Iowa, is among the first carriers to begin using the Comdata Hotel Network. “We are excited to implement this program with our drivers, as it will make it easy for them to manage stays when they are on the road or when new drivers are training at our headquarters,” said Jeff Arens, vice president at Schuster. “Since the program uses our existing Comdata cards, we can take advantage of the savings immediately without changing processes for our team or the drivers.  And we can maintain control and insight over the spending to ensure it conforms to our policy guidelines.”