The Stanford Travel Program has introduced another tool for booking work-related trips for campus community members. The Controller's Office, which runs the travel program, described the service as a "full-service online agency" that can be used anytime - on or off campus - to reserve flights, lodging and rental cars.

Travelport for Business by Orbitz, first launched in November, is intended for faculty, staff, students and visitors. For the new resource, the university has negotiated discounts with United Airlines, local hotels and AVIS Rent-a-Car, according to Sherry Murphy, who handles disbursements for the Controller's Office.

Online booking fees are $6 for an airline ticket purchase, or if assisted by an agent, $15 per domestic flight and $30 per international flight.

Travelers can set up profiles and book for themselves or designate someone to make arrangements for them. Travel arrangers can book and manage travel for one or more travelers and their guests. All trips are saved under the traveler's profile for easy retrieval of information for reporting purposes.

The system can send alerts about flight changes and departure gates to the cell phone, e-mail address or personal digital assistant of the traveler. Alerts also can be sent to travel arrangers or family members. Travelport also allows for ticket cancellation within 24 hours after booking online.

Users can access training information on the Travelport home page once they have registered and signed in with an e-mail address and password. In the lower right corner of the home page, the "Message from Travelport" section has customer advisories and links to training information.