Register for Upcoming Connexxus Travel Webinars

Posted to ZotPortal on Sept. 15, 2016

The University of California’s Office of the President (UCOP) is offering a series of webinars to help UC employees become Connexxus experts. The webinars are open to all UC employees. Dates and information for all classes are listed below.

Open House: Don't miss the Connexxus Open House on Oct. 25. Details are to the right.

Connexxus Webinars for 2016

To participate in any webinar, click the Register Now link next to the title and sign up through ReadyTalk.

Date and Time Title Description

Thursday,

September 22

10:30 a.m.

Intro to Connexxus

(Register Now)

New to UC? New to Connexxus? Join us and explore the benefits of UC's managed travel program and how to get the most out of the Connexxus portal.

Thursday,

September 22

11 a.m.

Connexxus Preferred Agencies: Who are they and what do they offer?

(Register Now)

What does it mean to “book with Connexxus”? Who are the UC agencies and what do you get with them that is not available with public sites or non-UC agencies?

Thursday,

September 29

10:30 a.m.

Connexxus Airfare Pricing: is Connexxus really more expensive?

(Register Now)

Demystify long-standing Connexxus myth that airfare is more expensive and flight options are hidden within the program. Discover how airlines achieve maximum sales by managing every seat on every flight through a single distribution system.

Thursday,

September 29

11 a.m.

Variances in Economy Airfare Rates: basic v. premium v. flat fares

(Register Now)

How do you make sure that the airfare you choose is right for you or your traveler? Also explore special fare offerings from Jet Blue and Virgin America exclusive to the Connexxus program.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

October 6

10:30 a.m.

Booking Online vs. Live Agent: how to decide

(Register Now)

Breakdown the advantages of having access to a full-service agency that offers both experienced travel agents and an online tool. Explore the reasons why a traveler may choose to call an agent rather than use the online tools.

Thursday,

October 6

11 a.m.

Airfare Reservations: change or cancel airfare using Connexxus online tools

(Register Now)

Quick, easy way to manage changes to your travel plans by accessing your trip online. How to know if your ticket can be voided, refunded, or held to use for a future trip.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

October 13

10:30 a.m.

Southwest Booking Options: SWABIZ v. Agency

(Register Now)

Explore the various booking options for Southwest airfare and how to determine the right, affordable method to book tickets on this popular airline.

Thursday,

October 13

11 a.m.

Booking UC Rates outside Connexxus: is it possible and how

(Register Now)

Discover an independent method of booking travel outside Connexxus, while still easily receiving UC rates and benefits – using Short's Travel and their propriety online tool, called FindIt.

Thursday,

October 20

10:30 a.m.

Intro to Connexxus

(Register Now)

New to UC? New to Connexxus? Join us and explore the benefits of UC's managed travel program and how to get the most out of the Connexxus portal.

Thursday,

October 20

11 a.m.

Travel Loyalty Benefits offered by UC Preferred Suppliers

(Register Now)


Beyond discounts, our suppliers offer UC travelers plenty of advantages if they book within the system such as: priority boarding on Delta; accessible seat maps on British Airways (before they open to the public); upgraded status or status match opportunities; and much more. Join us and learn more.

Thursday,

October 27

10:30 a.m.

Mixed Flights: why does Connexxus not allow it?

(Register Now)

Understand inter-airline agreements (or lack thereof) and resulting guidelines offered by the airlines themselves. Explore challenges (and sometimes hefty airline fees) encountered by travelers who ignore suggested alternatives.

Thursday,

October 27

11 a.m.

Rapid Changes in Airfare Pricing: should you cancel or rebook the ticket?

(Register Now)

Are you a super shopper for travel arrangements? Things to be careful of if you shop/hold airline tickets with multiple suppliers.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

November 3

10:30 a.m.

Connexxus Car Rentals: why are rates outside the system cheaper?

(Register Now)

Learn what you get by renting with Connexxus, from competitive rates that includes insurance to opportunities for upgrades and free rentals. Explore why UC has negotiated rates with Hertz, National, Enterprise, Dollar and Thrifty and why paying extra for insurance outside the system is not reimbursable by the campus.

Thursday,

November 3

11 a.m.

Car Rentals: book and manage changes using online tools

(Register Now)

Learn how to easily reserve a car with the UC-negotiated rates and benefits. Plans change, so we will also show the steps to change or cancel a car that was booked through the same online tools.NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

November 17

10:30 a.m.

Connexxus Hotel Prices: authorized at any rate?

(Register Now)

Find out how to apply UC Policy when searching for hotels within Connexxus. Explore how the program offers access to all hotels and rates, UC discounts with Marriott, Starwood and Club Quarters, and why users should pay attention to rate rules during the booking process.

Thursday,

November 17

11 a.m.

Hotel Reservations: book and manage rooms using online tools

(Register Now)

Explore the varying rates offered by hotels and determine which options are best for your trip, while understanding how to seek UC-negotiated rates. Review cancellation policies, deposits, non-refundable rates, and how to identify when nightly rates change in the midst of your trip.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

December 1

10:30 a.m.

Booking Online vs. Live Agent: how to decide

(Register Now)

Breakdown the advantages of having access to a full-service agency that offers both experienced travel agents and an online tool. Explore the reasons why a traveler may choose to call an agent rather than use the online tools.

Thursday,

December 1

11 a.m.

Airfare Credits: how to monitor and use them

(Register Now)

Business travel plans often change.  Learn how to view credits that you have on file, why you may not see your unused credit, and explore some of the most common airline rules and fees for using your credit.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Thursday,

December 8

10:30 a.m.

Intro to Connexxus

(Register Now)

New to UC? New to Connexxus? Join us and explore the benefits of UC's managed travel program and how to get the most out of the Connexxus portal.

Thursday,

December 8

11 a.m.

Connexxus Airfare Pricing: is Connexxus really more expensive?

(Register Now)

Demystify long-standing Connexxus myth that airfare is more expensive and flight options are hidden within the program. Discover how airlines achieve maximum sales by managing every seat on every flight through a single distribution system.

Thursday,

December 15

10:30 a.m.

Southwest Booking Options: SWABIZ v. Agency

(Register Now)

Explore the various booking options for Southwest airfare and how to determine the right, affordable method to book tickets on this popular airline.

Thursday,

December 15

11 a.m.

Variances in Economy Airfare Rates: basic v. premium v. flat fares

(Register Now)

How do you make sure that the airfare you choose is right for you or your traveler? Also explore special fare offerings from Jet Blue and Virgin America exclusive to the Connexxus program.

NOTE: This session will only showcase online tools for BCD Travel and Balboa Travel.

Connexxus Open House on October 25!

  • October 25
  • Humanities Gateway 1030

In addition to the webinars, employees are also invited to a Connexxus Open House on Oct. 25. Details about the exact schedule are forthcoming.

The open house will be held at Humanities Gateway 1030 and is is an opportunity to stop by with any questions/issues you may have during a meet-and-greet hour.

There will also be a separate, informal “Travel Questions Answered” hour and (if time allows) a full “Overview” session for all who are interested.