WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Upside Business Travel, the first online travel service built just for the do-it-yourself (DIY) business traveler, announced today the first-ever National Business Traveler Day (NBTD), a day of recognition and appreciation for business travelers nationwide. The celebration of NBTD will kick off today with the launch of The Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes and The Greatest Business Trips in History tournament bracket, and culminate on Tuesday, April 24th with prizes, giveaways, and live activities in select airports.

“National Business Traveler Day marks a new day for business travelers. We’re thrilled to be joined by 23 leading companies across the country, including many of the largest travel companies, to celebrate April 24th as a day to honor our nation’s business travelers,” said Jay Walker, Chairman of Upside and founder of Priceline.

On par with the automobile industry, business travel accounts for 3 percent of US GDP, supporting 7.4 million jobs and generating $135 billion in federal, state, and local taxes. With almost 2 million business trips taken every workday, NBTD celebrates and recognizes the important contributions made by business travelers to America’s economy.1

The Wall Street Journal serves as NBTD’s media partner. Upside Business Travel is joined by United Airlines, XpresSpa, Hertz, Mastercard, Uber for Business, and more than a dozen other premier brands to celebrate business travelers with prizes, promotions, and special events. NBTD is also proud to announce the participation and support of 1-800-flowers.com; 24 Hour Fitness; Audible; BARK, the makers of BarkBox; Blue Bottle Coffee; Global Business Travel Association; Hudson Group, operators of Hudson and Hudson News; iHeartMedia; iPass; JetBlue; Journy; LATAM Airlines; LoungeBuddy; The Points Guy; THNKS; and UNTUCKit.

The Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes* will feature a Grand Prize of “Free First Class Upgrades For 20 Years” ($5,000 a year for 20 years to cover the cost of domestic upgrades), along with thousands of other prizes, including a First Prize of “Free First Class Upgrades for a Year” and two Round-Trip International Business Class tickets from United Airlines (valued at $7,500 each). The First Prize winner will be announced on NBTD and the Grand Prize will be awarded once the sweepstakes closes in May. Enter to win and view the complete details here.

Today also marks the unveiling of NBTD’s tournament-style bracket of the 32 Greatest Business Trips in History. Business trips come in many shapes and sizes; however, one thing that connects them all is the need to leave home to get important things done. As part of the NBTD celebration, NBTD compiled a bracket to choose the greatest “business trip” of all time. What was more important, the first trip to the moon or Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn “The British are coming?” Anyone can enter the tournament here and predict which famous trip will be declared the Greatest Business Trip of All Time. The entrant who most closely predicts the bracket outcome will win $5,000. You can play for your chance to win and view the complete details here.

On April 24th, 2018 National Business Traveler Day will feature live celebrations across the country in select airports and XpresSpa stores, thought leader events, non-profit partner tie-ins, and more. Stay tuned for details! For further information on National Business Traveler Day, please visit:

  • Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes Website: NBTDay.com
  • 32 Greatest Business Trips in History Bracket Website: GreatestBusinessTrips.com
  • Official National Business Traveler Day Hashtag: #NBTDay

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About National Business Traveler Day
National Business Traveler Day (NBTD) is an annual event held on April 24th that celebrates, honors, and recognizes the under-appreciated business traveler. More than 20 leading companies support the inaugural NBTD and will shower business travelers with prizes, giveaways, and upgrades, and participate in live events.

About Upside Business Travel
Upside Business Travel is the first online travel service built just for business travelers, particularly the “do-it-yourself” (DIY) business travelers who can’t access special pricing or quality customer service.

Upside uses big data to make buying business travel easier. By showing great prices, the best flight times, and most convenient hotels, Upside lets business travelers select what works best for them, including rental cars and ride-sharing services like Uber. Most importantly, Upside doesn’t disappear once the trip is booked. Human customer service provided by trained “Navigators” stays involved every step of the way, and is available on-demand 24×7 through mobile app, phone, or email.

Launched in January 2017, Upside is led by CEO Jay Walker, the founder of Priceline, and an executive team of travel industry inventors and entrepreneurs. The company recently received Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award as one of the Top 50 Companies to Work For in America, and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Stamford, Connecticut.

About The Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes*
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Sweepstakes ends 5/18/18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia, age 18 or older (or age of majority) who are employed by, own or are otherwise associated with a business entity and have traveled at least once on a business trip in 2017-2018. First Class Air Domestic Travel Upgrades for One Year paid as $5,000 cash. First Class Domestic Air Travel Upgrades for 20 years paid as $5,000.00 cash a year for 20 years. Visit www.NBTDay.com for Official Rules including sweepstakes periods, eligibility restrictions, prize details, conditions & limitations.  Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: The Upside Travel Company, LLC.

1 Source (all): Global Business Travel Association

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