Monthly Archives: April 2017

Who Speaks For You? (And What Are They Saying?)

Many groups advocate for a wide range of travel issues. Some relate to corporate travel, but who speaks specifically for the corporate travel industry? Sixty attendees to the Association of Corporate Travel Executives’ New York event this week answered that question as part of an informal poll. They mentioned ACTE, Airlines for America, the American Society of Travel… Read More »

Siemens Adds Benefits From Lufthansa Direct Connect, Talks With Other Carriers

Pioneering a new airline distribution program has its perks. The Lufthansa direct-connect initiative with Siemens will benefit the conglomerate’s travelers even when they don’t book that way. More than eight months into the program, Siemens officials last week briefed The Company Dime on progress and lessons learned. It was always part of the plan to provide extras to Siemens… Read More »

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 in limited beta… 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 and clarity of… 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 for ongoing professional… 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 to point travelers… Read More »

Teleconference 9: Payment

Payment May 11, 2017, at 12 pm EDT Download the recording here. Gift the recording here. Get the slides here. Payments underpin travel management. Ease-of-use for travelers and data for employers are vital. To delve into this topic, we talked one-on-one with Citi managing director Gonca Latif-Schmitt, head of the bank’s commercial card business in North America. Topics included the… Read More »

International SOS Covers Emotional Rescue

Caring for a traveler who gets sick, injured or kidnapped is a visible side of travel risk and medical services. Residual trauma also can occur even if an employee is physically unscathed by a car wreck or security incident. Frequent long-distance travel itself can weigh heavily. Culture shock is real for expats and their families. Emotional support services… 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. The moves, which… 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 to the next,… Read More »