Preferred Suppliers

The Columbia Travel Procurement Team has established preferred partnerships and negotiated contracts with preferred travel suppliers. The preferred supplier program is designed to deliver the best overall value to the University through competitive pricing, value, and quality of service.

Contracts that have been awarded to preferred suppliers are the result of strategic sourcing initiatives and preferred supplier rates. Negotiated rates are available for use by all departments and schools.  

In addition, WTI has established preferred partnerships with multiple, airline, hotel chain, and car rental suppliers, offering competitive pricing to Columbia travelers. Columbia and WTI preferred suppliers will be identified as ‘Preferred’ when booking via Concur Travel.

The use of preferred suppliers is strongly encouraged, as consolidation of usage drives up volume, providing a continued incentive for suppliers to offer the best possible value resulting in cost savings.  

The following accordion is a list of Columbia preferred travel suppliers by category.

The following are the University's preferred airlines:

  • Delta
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • KLM
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia

Some of the benefits of our partnerships with our preferred airlines when tickets are booked via Concur Travel or over the phone with a World Travel, Inc. (WTI) Counselor include:

  • Fare discounts on most fare levels
  • Name Change offering for name changes on wholly unused nonrefundable tickets for a fee
  • Access to Preferred Seats, i.e. aisle, exit row or window near the front of the plane at no extra cost
  • Priority Boarding for SkyMiles® Members for early boarding

Preferred Hotels for New York City

  • The Edge*
  • The Arthouse*
  • The Warwick New York*
  • The Beacon
  • The Lucerne**
  • The Aloft Harlem

*These hotels include complimentary breakfast in Columbia negotiated rates.

**Please note: The Lucerne is temporarily closed until December 1, 2020.

Preferred Hotels  - Domestic & International

Through World Travel, Inc.’s Global Hotel Program partnerships, travelers will gain immediate access to competitive rates at over 44,000 hotel properties across the globe, from boutique hotels to major chains. Partnership rates at participating hotels will automatically display in Concur as “Radius” rates under “Room Options” and may also be booked over the phone with a World Travel Counselor.

Hertz is the University's preferred car rental company.

Benefits of our partnerships with Hertz when rentals are booked via Concur Travel or over the phone with a WTI Travel Counselor include:

  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) included in the rates for rentals in the Continental U.S. only
  • Liability insurance included in the rates for rentals in the Continental U.S. only

Still have questions?

Routine travel questions may be emailed to World Travel, Inc.

For all other questions, visit our Finance Service Center.