Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hilton Ends Test Of Seven-Day Cancellation Rates

For those who found Hilton’s restrictive “flexible” rates problematic, there’s some good news. A Hilton official confirmed the hotel company ended a test of those rates. But don’t be surprised if you see them again. Like Basic Economy airfares, these kinds of hotel rates aren’t suited for corporate travel. Some program managers would rather not include them in booking… Read More »

Strategy Evolved, HRG Rolls Out Native Apps

The last big travel management company to hold out on delivering an owned mobile app, Hogg Robinson Group this month is deploying on Android and iOS. The TMC will maintain other mobile initiatives, including a Nordic region app co-branded with Amadeus and collaboration with Sabre’s TripCase. For clients in the United Kingdom, HRG also is about to launch… Read More »

Travel And Transport Downgrades KDS Partnership

In recent years, KDS talked a lot about the importance of partnerships with travel management companies. Then American Express Global Business Travel announced it would acquire the travel and expense tech firm. Some assumed right away that those TMC relationships would suffer. They were right. Travel and Transport was once a key KDS partner. “Our relationship has changed… Read More »

Variety, Practicality Mark Newest Travel Management Company App Features

[UPDATE, April 6, 2017: World Travel Inc. last month enabled fingerprint ID for logins and an option for users to remain signed in even as they switch to other apps.] Like other travel management companies, World Travel Inc. enabled email parsing and off-channel booking data capture in its mobile experience. Technology from Traxo powers itinerary data aggregation in… Read More »

DOD Piloting New Defense Travel System, Asking For Travel Management Company Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Defense spends billions on travel every year. Its policies have grown unwieldy. The Defense Travel System has been widely derided. Travel payment processes are rife with errors. Projects now underway aim to fix a lot of that. DOD since June has been running a limited pilot of the newest version of DTS. It coincides… Read More »

New International Tax Framework Demands Solid Travel Booking, Activity Data

New York — Corporate travel departments are always pointing to service, savings and safety as reasons for travel management policies and practices. Here’s another: fiscal self-preservation. Aiming to reduce transnational tax avoidance, more than 100 jurisdictions around the globe last year adopted plans to update international tax rules. Governed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the… Read More »

Sources: Uber For Business Premium Isn’t Worth It

[UPDATE, April 18, 2017: Uber for Business now lets users request and pay for rides for others. The account is centrally billed. Uber business clients access the “Central” service dashboard via tablet or computer. They can request multiple rides for fellow employees, customers or others. Those riders do not need to use the Uber app or have their… Read More »

Microsoft Maximizes Travel Management Resources By Getting Them From American Express GBT

Microsoft has avoided “significant disruptions to stakeholders” since deploying in May 2016 a travel management outsource model that pushes the frontier of process over people. While the client continues to “own” strategy and sourcing, American Express Global Business Travel handles day-to-day travel manager tasks previously assigned mainly to travel department contractors. The setup freed Microsoft’s own travel professionals… Read More »

ASTA, The Company Dime Partner To Study Transition From Unmanaged Business Travel

Last week the American Society of Travel Agents and The Company Dime announced a research partnership to learn more about the barriers and opportunities related to converting “unmanaged” business travel to managed travel. Why do businesses large and small implement travel management practices? What role do travel agencies play in that, and what other services are crucial to… Read More »

Evolving Travel Policies Challenge OBTs

Travel suppliers want to provide personalized offers to travelers. Some travel managers want to customize travel policies to better fit individual travelers and the specifics of a trip. The problem is, some online booking tools can’t or don’t easily handle the nuances. OBTs connect with traveler profiles. Those often include basic data like an employee’s level in the… Read More »