Monthly Archives: June 2017

Sabre Commits To AA NDC Plan, Heralding Shift In Airline Distribution Economics

[UPDATE, June 29, 2017: Revises Travelport information.] Timing on global distribution system readiness to hook up New Distribution Capability connections for full functionality remains a mystery. Sabre, for one, has committed to achieving that goal with American Airlines. When GDSs do bring in the highest-level NDC functionality of, say, American Airlines, what will that mean for travel management… Read More »

Flight Centre, Agents Pay For Overcharges

Former Flight Centre agent Vanessa Barrett this month pleaded guilty to defrauding Australia’s Northern Territory of more than AU$110,000 by falsely inflating travel invoices. Barrett is one of more than a dozen agents Northern Territory police have investigated during the past few years for alleged fraudulent activity related to a government pensioner travel program, according to media reports.… Read More »

As TMCs Praise AA Reveal, Some Question NDC Plan’s Practicality

Travel management company executives have mixed views on the American Airlines New Distribution Capability program announced Friday. Some are fine with it, acknowledging there is work to do. More are happy with the airline’s creativity but concerned about the technical and process challenges. Unease about the impact of direct bookings on agent and tech productivity featured prominently in… Read More »

Concur, Frosch, HRG Sign Up For New AA NDC Program Offering $2 Per Segment, Other Benefits

American Airlines will pay participating travel agencies $2 per net segment booked and ticketed using certified NDC connections at all points of sale on AA-marketed flights. The program requires agencies to cover distribution costs, but comes with a near-term content parity commitment. It also enables new possibilities for corporate bundles, waiver-and-favor management and risk management data. They’re not up and… Read More »

Nineteenth Century Tech Joins SEO, Data Mining In Business Travel Startup Marketing

Nothing beats word of mouth for business travel providers seeking new clients. Established players count on referrals, with the most gratifying coming from former users recommending them to new employers. New entrants incentivize to evangelize. The lucky business travel startup hooks a big fish corporate account and rides the wave of publicity. Downstream from big corporate, new entrants… Read More »

Marriott’s 48-Hour Cancellation Policy To Affect 2018 Rate Negotiations

[UPDATE, July 26, 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group’s new cancellation policy will be more lenient than Marriott’s and Starwood’s, allowing guests to cancel reservations without penalty up to 24 hours in advance. A spokesperson confirmed the change will first affect Europe, beginning July 28, followed by the Americas on Aug. 4. Properties in Asia (excluding China where policies aren’t… Read More »

TMC Vet George Opens North America For Agency Automation Firm Tramada

Longtime corporate travel sales exec Mary Ellen George joined Sydney-based travel agency automation firm Tramada Systems to lead its expansion in North America. Sixteen-year-old Tramada offers agencies a cloud-based, GDS- and online booking tool-agnostic alternative to back-office systems like Trams or Travcom. This includes business intelligence, though Tramada is happy to export data to its clients’ preferred data visualization… Read More »

TRM, Meet ERM

Research shows companies increasingly are establishing enterprise-wide risk management programs to offer a bird’s-eye view of all types of risk. So far, though, travel risk doesn’t seem to be part of the conversation. North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management has an enterprise risk management practice sponsored by Deloitte. Its reports divide risks into three buckets: macroeconomic… Read More »

Rail Revolution? A Travel Pro Can Dream

[UPDATE, June 23, 2017: Expedia completed its acquisition of a majority stake in SilverRail. Terms were not disclosed.] [UPDATE, June 16, 2017: Adds information about Amadeus Cytric.] Announcing plans to acquire a majority stake in rail distribution and IT firm SilverRail, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi last month said rail was “ready for an online revolution.” It can’t come too soon.… Read More »

Defense Department Seeks Rewards Program Partner For Rebates On Meal Spending

When you spend more than $1 billion annually on dining, it’s wise to sign up for programs that could kick back millions. It’s especially appreciated if the money you’re spending is from taxpayers. That’s why the U.S. Department of Defense Travel Management Office plans to pilot a dining rewards program. On DOD’s behalf, the Defense Human Resources Activity… Read More »