Category Archives: Methods

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… 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… Read More »

Expensify Alleges Patent Infringement In Suit Against Smaller Expense Rival

Expensify sued expense management competitor Abacus Labs for infringement of receipt capture patents. Expensify’s cap-donning and sometimes pugnacious CEO and founder David Barrett announced the suit on Friday “with no joy.” He claimed Abacus infringed “two of our most core patents surrounding receipt scanning and, most importantly, the automatic matching of the scanned receipt to a credit… Read More »

Teleconference 11: Introducing Blockchain

Introducing Blockchain Aug. 10, 2017 at 12 pm EDT Register here. Gift a ticket here. What the heck is blockchain? Tune in as we chat with innovators including Brook Armstrong from Blockskye to learn more about this potentially impactful technology. It has infrastructure and acceptance challenges. There’s a learning curve. It’s tied up with cryptocurrency’s fits and starts. But… 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.… Read More »

Daimler Rides Trip Packages In Efficiency Effort Powered By Amadeus, BCD Travel

Trip packages are uncommon in business travel, but the concept isn’t new. Daimler may become the first major corporate account to go all-in. In partnership with AirPlus, Amadeus and BCD Travel, the car maker is testing a program of intentionally limited choice. After employees select travel dates and trip components, the Amadeus Cyrtic online booking… Read More »

Concur Partnership Over, Egencia Announces New Expense Management Solutions

The partnership agreement between Concur and Egencia will end on March 31, Concur confirmed Tuesday in a written statement. Declining to comment on what Concur “is or isn’t doing,” Egencia VP of global product and marketing Michael Gulmann said, “We’d like to partner with everyone.” The firms commented in response to information in a Concur memo obtained… Read More »

Big Clients Signal Acceptance As Rocketrip Signs General Electric, Twitter

[UPDATE, April 26, 2017: Rocketrip said Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Deem, Ovation Corporate Travel, Sabre and Travel Leaders Corporate joined Concur in its partnership program.] Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch thinks too few travel managers are advocates for travelers. He said the profession has a policy compliance problem and lacks innovation. His new, big-name clients apparently agree… Read More »

Traveler Engagement: (Hard) Work In Progress

Traveler engagement is an area of opportunity, but translating touchy-feely principles for a procurement mindset of compliance and savings is problematic. Many practitioners remain in the earliest stages of a more robust engagement program, studying and planning. According to an Association of Corporate Travel Executives/American Express Global Business Travel September 2016 survey of 254 corporate… 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… Read More »

Teleconference 7: Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology March 9, 2017 Download the recording here. Gift the recording here. Grab the slides here. It’s everywhere, so what’s next for mobile technology in corporate travel? Our expert panel discussed the status quo, keys to creating a mobile strategy, the possible impact of mobile self-service on jobs and operations, and emerging functions like chatbots. This episode… Read More »

Data From Price Assurance Tools Promise Power For Buyers

[UPDATE, March 10, 2017: FairFly completed integration with Travelport’s Galileo global distribution system.] Price assurance has taken root in corporate travel. TripBam and Yapta, especially, have made serious inroads. Another airfare reshopping firm, FairFly also is building a business on travel price volatility. These specialists are compiling huge data repositories. For travel managers, this may… Read More »

ARC, TMC Exec Raise Red Flags On Ticketing Fraud

As with hacking, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, fraud will. Travel management companies can be unwitting participants in deceit. In one unsettling but increasingly common scenario, scammers search the Internet or buy hacked information to find out companies’ travel agencies and other details. They masquerade as executives from those companies in calls to… Read More »