Companies that do not audit hotel rates and availability are leaving piles of cash on front desks, according to BCD Travel analysis of client data.

Without standard rate audits, a firm spending about $20 million annually on hotels overpays them by $490,000, the travel management company found. The same client would save about $900,000 per year using both rate and availability audits.

Extrapolating the findings, BCD Travel estimated that if its top 50 clients did not correct for hotel rate errors, they would pay up to $30 million more than if they implemented a "standard GDS rate audit . . .

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