Meta search company Kayak as early as last year began exploring a business travel gateway to supplier sites and online travel agencies which could include negotiated corporate rates. The company last month announced a free service including a number of business travel functions, but it also revealed greater managed-travel ambitions.

After first applying certain policies and approval processes, the standard Kayak for Business service would refer users to consumer sites for ticketing and customer care. However, the company also announced plans to "add ways for travelers . . .

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