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Emerging T&E Payment: Virtual Card & Mobile Payment


Corporate cards, ghost or lodge cards, procurement cards—even ACH and checks in certain situations corporations use a diverse collection of payment options to cover travel and entertainment expenses.

The preferred payment option can be influenced by several factors that often include the size of the company, the regulatory environments in the markets where the company does business, whether travelers qualify for credit, the type of travel being planned (e.g. transient or meetings) and the company’s tolerance for risks associated with different forms of payment.

  • “Use cases over the last two years have evolved dramatically for virtual cards in the travel space. Mobile and virtual forms of payment represent more secure transactions.”

    David Disque Managing Director, CSI


Overall, however, every corporate payment program needs to balance usability concerns with the company’s need for control over how the form of payment is used by travelers, the type of data that can be returned, and the assurance that the payment form is secure against traditional fraudulent use as well as broader hacking schemes that have become a pernicious issue for the payment industry and retailers.

As new forms of T&E payment emerge, they must be evaluated with these needs in mind. This paper, from The BTN Group and CSI, explores these issues as associated with Virtual Cards and Mobile Payment technologies, both of which have drawn significant attention in the managed payment marketplace but are still largely in the learning and research phases for most T&E program managers.

Virtual cards have been in the marketplace for about a decade, but have only garnered attention for managed payment programs in the last five years.

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Benefits of the CSI accounts payable system

No Cost

Our small admin fee is offset by the revenue you’ll earn, resulting in a no-cost enterprise solution.


Single-use virtual card numbers become invalid once the transaction is complete, eliminating the risk of stolen card numbers or lost checks.

New Revenue

Earn monthly cash back rewards based on virtual card spend, generating new revenue just by paying your bills.

Greater Efficiency

CSI Paysystems automates payments, mirroring existing workflow processes while eliminating the risk of manual errors.


Easily integrates with existing ERP or accounting system to simplify reconciliation and save staff time.

Fully Supported

CSI handles 100% of the initial vendor enrollment and will fully train and support your team with our award-winning customer service.

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