Category Archives: Payment

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 »

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… 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… 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 »

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.… Read More »

United States Requires Virtual Cards In Next Federal Payment Program

The largest charge card program in the world is getting with the times, or maybe ahead of them. Bidders for the third generation of the U.S. General Services Administration’s SmartPay must include virtual cards. Until now, they have been an optional component in the governmentwide program. SmartPay2 runs through November 2018. SmartPay3 will pick up… Read More »

Updates: Air Emissions; Upside; Basic Economy; PayForTrip; Real ID; Compl.ai

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click to jump to United’s carbon emissions pledge to corporate clients, Upside’s launch, proliferating Basic Economy airfares, PayForTrip’s pause,… Read More »

Conferma Virtual Card Advance Isn’t The End Game

Much work is needed for email authorizations to supplant old-fangled faxes as the de facto standard for virtual card authorizations. That is, if the industry cannot first dispense with both. Conferma last month described its new encrypted email solution as a PCI-compliant “breakthrough.” The company says it is cheaper than sending faxes and approved by… Read More »

Teleconference 2: Hotel Buying

Hotel Buying Oct. 13, 2016 Thanks to all our attendees and speakers! The recording from this event may be purchased here or gifted here for $10. Here are the accompanying slides. On Teleconference 2, The Company Dime and expert guests examined the dynamics of the ongoing 2017 hotel rate negotiating season. ABC Global Services CEO Eric Altschul,… Read More »

GBTA Speakers Attempt To Answer Virtual Payment’s Questions

Denver – Despite its headaches, travel management pros who use virtual payment say it’s too beneficial to pass up. Speakers here during the Global Business Travel Association convention last month raised, and attempted to answer, the many questions. Virtual payment is a popular option for travelers without corporate cards. It cuts accounting reconciliation times and… Read More »

GBTA Education Preview

After the golf outing and spa day are over and before evening frivolities, away from the exhibition floor din and the general session celebrity, GBTA’s convention attendees in Denver next month will seek education. This year there are more than 80 sessions. Putting on that many in an effort to appeal to all is an… Read More »

Hilton No Longer Providing Concur E-Receipts

[UPDATE, June 22, 2017: Concur no longer integrates e-receipts from Starbucks purchases. “This is due to issues that prevent us from providing you with the standard that we maintain for all our apps,” according to information sent to users. When Concur announced the feature in 2015, it claimed Starbucks was “the most commonly expensed restaurant”… Read More »

Hogg Robinson Centers On Payments For SME Growth In North America

[UPDATE, Jan. 25, 2017: HRG apparently released a new app sometime in the last few weeks. It’s available on Android and iOS, and offers typical TMC app features like itinerary sync and touch-to-call. “This app is only available to existing HRG clients who have the app enabled in their technology configuration,” according to the iTunes… Read More »