Monthly Archives: May 2017

New Private Luxury Terminal At LAX Offers Corporate Memberships, But Are There Takers?

Who will pay thousands of dollars to use a private terminal before boarding a commercial flight? Rich folks, of course, but also maybe those who employ rich folks. At LAX, where celebrities move through and paparazzi pursue, entertainment companies and talent agencies may take a look at The Private Suite, a facility that opened this month. They may… Read More »

Another Travel Startup Leans On TMC Support

Disadvantaged relative to bigger companies that negotiate their own airfare discounts, small businesses mostly pay retail. TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung is out to change that. In a market full of business travel startups, one of his company’s angles is rebates for users. TravelBank introduced its first products in November. They are an expense app and budgeting… Read More »

Flight Centre Buys Into Sam App’s Co-Developer

You’re making a pitch in an unfamiliar city. The flight home is in a couple of hours, but you’re making headway with the client. Your phone dings: “If you don’t leave in the next 30 minutes, you’ll miss the flight. Would you like to rebook?” Tap yes and get back to the meeting. Too good to be true?… Read More »

Mezi Adds Thorsen, Joins Lola And So Many Other Business Travel Startups

[UPDATE, July 12, 2017: Mezi announced profile and dashboard functionality — and partnerships with Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and W Travel — as part of its Mezi for Business platform.] Conversational commerce startup Mezi hired former SAP Concur exec and risk management entrepreneur Johnny Thorsen as VP of travel strategy and partnerships. He offers contacts and expertise as… Read More »

CWT Using Points, New Rate System To Capture More Hotel Bookings

Many travel management companies and tech firms are working to process more of their clients’ hotel bookings. Continuing its push, Carlson Wagonlit Travel is rolling out a simplified rate aggregation system and using loyalty points as incentives. During a Wednesday interview, CWT president of hotels Scott Brennan said some clients in Europe that use the KDS and Traveldoo… Read More »

Talking Approvals And Expenses With Unit4’s Digital Assistant

Unit4 provides enterprise resource planning systems to governments, not-for-profits, higher education and professional service firms. Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, it’s known in corporate travel for powering Sabre’s Central Command travel agency back-office software. It also offers an expense management product and, as of this spring, a digital assistant. Named Wanda, the chatbot stems from Unit4’s focus on… Read More »

Cornerstone Wins Federal Data Account As Concur Sunsets TravelTrax

Concur is phasing out the TravelTrax data solution and its biggest user, the U.S. federal government, is switching to Cornerstone Information Systems. A Concur representative confirmed the company would be sunsetting TravelTrax by next year. “We are committed to the travel analytics space and will continue to invest and innovate in this area,” according to the spokesperson. “We are… Read More »

Amex Combines Virtual Account Numbers And Centralized Business Travel Accounts

Amid a steady flow of announcements about virtual payment in corporate travel, American Express is putting on a different spin. It has created a model that combines the single-use concept of virtual account numbers with the centralized Business Travel Account setup. Amex’s “enhanced BTA” now is available in Australia and the United Kingdom, with additional markets under consideration,… Read More »

Blockchain Startups Target Travel Distribution

Blockchain digital ledger technology could be used for loyalty programs, corporate contracts, payment, expense management, airport processing, traveler identity and maybe even travel policy and compliance. Innovators also are betting on distribution disruption. With tests beginning in about three weeks, Blockskye aims to shift the power in distribution “back to hotels and airlines” by enabling them to design… Read More »

Providers: Audit To Improve Hotel Sourcing Results

Companies that do not audit hotel rates and availability are leaving piles of cash on front desks, according to BCD Travel analysis of client data. Without standard rate audits, a firm spending about $20 million annually on hotels overpays them by $490,000, the travel management company found. The same client would save about $900,000 per year using both rate and availability audits. Extrapolating the findings, BCD… Read More »