Coffee to go? North American business travellers expensed trips with ride-sharing company Uber more than any other single company, according to data from the expense tracking firm Certify.
The Certify SpendSmart report for the third quarter of 2018 found that 11 per cent of all submitted expenses were for Uber, followed by Starbucks and Amazon, each with about 4 per cent.
Uber accounted for 73 per cent of all rides taken by business travellers, according to Certify. Uber Eats added to the company’s dominance of traveller expenses, with a 300 per cent increase in the number of reports since the third quarter of 2017.
This was the first time that Amazon has appeared among the top three most expensed items, according to Certify; the company sells a broad range of products of use to business travellers, including office supplies, cloud computing services, entertainment, and food delivery.
Other companies that frequently appeared on expense reports included Lyft, which made its debut on Certify’s top ten list in the third quarter, and accounts for 10 percent of rides by business travellers, as well as Delta, American Airlines, United, Walmart, Shell, and McDonald’s.
National Car Rental was the most-expensed rental-car firm, while Hampton Inn was the most-expensed hotel.