ETA’s Business Travel App Impresses In Beta

It’s hard not to gush over the new business travel app from ETA Inc., a startup that enjoyed investment from the International Air Transport Association’s NDC Innovation Fund. With travel distribution legend Jeff Katz and other Orbitz vets among its investors and advisors, ETA has produced a slick app. No two ways about it. The app remains… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel Redesigns Midmarket Offering

American Express Global Business Travel last month started offering a bundled platform for new U.S. clients spending less than $20 million annually on air travel. In partnership with Jigsaw Research and design consultancy Livework Studio, GBT crafted the program based on several guiding principles for the client experience: personalization, proactive servicing, consistency, value, local expertise and ease… Read More »

Fox World Travel Teams With Professor Brad Seitz For New School

Topaz International CEO Brad Seitz is leaving the travel auditing company he led since 2003 to build resources for corporate travel pros. The idea is to do some consulting, create a buyer community, conduct research and, along with Fox World Travel, formulate an education curriculum. The last part would address both newbies and those looking… Read More »

Still Looking For The All-In-One Business Travel App? What’s That?

Corporations are looking for an all-in-one business travel app that doesn’t, and won’t, exist. Developers think messaging, natural language and “deep linking” between apps bring the notion as close to reality as possible. A single mobile app that does everything sounds great. Why? Simplicity. It’s natural for procurement pros to seek fewer suppliers. It’s easiest… Read More »

Teleconference 9: Payment

Payment May 11, 2017, at 12 pm EDT Payments underpin travel management. Ease-of-use for travelers and data for employers are vital. Join us for a live, multi-part discussion about the latest in corporate travel payment. We’ll talk one-on-one with Citi managing director Gonca Latif-Schmitt, head of the bank’s commercial card business in North America. Next we’ll examine… Read More »

Air Canada Moves To Blunt Rising Commissions

Air Canada reduced travel agency compensation on certain fares, effective April 1. The change followed increases in the airline’s sales and distribution costs as a percentage of passenger revenue in each of the past three years. A spokesperson confirmed that the carrier reduced commissions paid on some international airfare types, including interline and business-class fares.… Read More »

TripLingo Translates Roaming Plans For Additional Travel Management Value

As with areas like expense, meetings, payment and risk, mobile phones and plans don’t fall within the typical travel manager’s bailiwick. Building on its language and Wi-Fi dialing capabilities, TripLingo is looking to challenge that norm. Its latest service helps companies that do not have a centralized mobile phone program to manage excess charges. From one country or region… Read More »

United States Requires Virtual Cards In Next Federal Payment Program

The largest charge card program in the world is getting with the times, or maybe ahead of them. Bidders for the third generation of the U.S. General Services Administration’s SmartPay must include virtual cards. Until now, they have been an optional component in the governmentwide program. SmartPay2 runs through November 2018. SmartPay3 will pick up… Read More »

Privacy Shield Alive For Now As Europe, U.S. Set Annual Review

A European Union commissioner said Friday that the first annual review of the Privacy Shield data protection framework would take place in September, supporting optimism for the scheme’s prospects. Uncertainty had been brewing as the European Commission threatened it would dismantle the program without reassurances by the Trump administration. The review “will be an important… Read More »

‘Laptop Ban’ Prompts Review Of Travel, IT Policies

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Emirates cited revised U.S. government policies for its decision to reduce flight frequencies on five U.S. routes. In May the airline will begin reducing to five weekly from daily the flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. In June, it will trim twice-daily Boston and Seattle services to one per day. The… Read More »

Today In Chatbots: Concur’s Hipmunk Demos, HelloGbye Launches

Concur still isn’t saying much about its plans for Hipmunk, but a client conference this month featured a roadmap for its natural language processing capabilities. According to a March 15 tweet by Concur VP of business development R.J. Filipski, Hipmunk showed attendees it was enabling “chatbot-based business travel booking via Concur and your preferred TMC.” Meanwhile,… Read More »

No Show? No Commission

Industry practice stipulates that hotels don’t pay commissions on penalty charges when travelers don’t show up, even if the rate they booked was commissionable. Yet, one expert said some travel management companies get hotels to stray from the standard practice. No-shows are fairly rare, but the topic could become more relevant if hotels continue to… Read More »