Flight Disruption Predictions Arrive

One way travel managers and management companies earn their stripes is guiding travelers through trip disruptions. Better still is helping them avoid such snafus. Using predictive analytics, that’s Flightsayer’s game. Some beta testers are intrigued. Better-known in corporate travel circles, FlightStats also is working on predictive analytics. It’s keeping a lot of that close to the vest for… Read More »

Microsoft Embraces Hotel Data, Travel Personas In Sustainability Drive

About five years ago, Microsoft created an internal carbon tax of sorts. Since then, business units have been responsible for carbon emissions associated with their electricity use and air travel. This year, the company began estimating the carbon footprint of its business travelers’ hotel stays. It will assess whether to include that information in calculations for the carbon… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel Makes Ground Transport Play With Mozio

American Express Global Business Travel will use ground transportation platform Mozio to offer clients a range of options through an agent portal, the KDS booking tool and the GBT mobile app. Mozio also works with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which owns a piece of the five-year-old marketplace of roughly 3,000 transport providers. Inventory includes public transit systems, black cars and… Read More »

GBTA Takes Airline Distribution Head-On

Boston – Travel management professionals agree that to be effective, new airline distribution programs need to offer at least as much functionality as existing systems do. Based on expert commentary at last week’s Global Business Travel Association convention here, it would appear that a solution to be welcomed by all key parties is a ways off. Dozens of speakers… Read More »

Travel Managers Ruminate On The Impacts Of Tightening And Relaxing Policies

Boston – It’s folly to look for consensus on which way corporate travel policy is moving. Speakers at the Global Business Travel Association convention here last week displayed a wide range of approaches and opinions. On one panel, a travel manager wished his company’s policy was stricter while his co-panelist said she strives for a softer touch and… Read More »

Concur Poised For Self-Booking Virtual Payment

Virtual payment in corporate travel is ready to break out. You’ve heard that before? With Concur about to announce virtual card capability for self-booking tool users, it feels like the end of the beginning. Virtual payment finally is moving beyond the familiar use cases that usually don’t involve self-booking — hotel reservations for contractors, interviewees, new hires and… Read More »

Why Don’t Companies Reward Policy-Compliant Travelers With Loyalty Points?

Efforts encouraging corporate travelers to do the right thing run the gamut. Punitive measures for policy noncompliance range from informing managers to withholding reimbursement. Short of requiring pre-trip approval, other strategies use incentives like gift cards, cash or simple positive reinforcement. Why not reward travelers with loyalty program points? Frequent flyer, guest and renter programs are the lifeblood for… Read More »

Certify Seeks Greater Sum, Keeps The Parts In Expense System Combo

Private-equity firm K1 Investment Management spent $125 million to recapitalize Certify, become its majority owner and go after expense management market leader Concur. K1 placed previous acquisitions Tallie, Nexonia and ExpenseWatch within parent Certify as wholly owned subsidiaries. Should the new entity maintain all four platforms as officials said it would, observers and competitors don’t see much change… 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 »

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 »