Category Archives: Suppliers

No Show? No Commission

Industry practice stipulates that hotels don’t pay commissions on penalty charges when travelers don’t show up, even if the rate they booked was commissionable. Yet, one expert said some travel management companies get hotels to stray from the standard practice. No-shows are fairly rare, but the topic could become more relevant if hotels continue to… Read More »

Airlines Diverging On Custom Corporate Bundles

Delta Air Lines in 2015 started offering tailored packages of products and services to corporate accounts. It’s not doing that anymore. It has other ways to enrich commercial relationships with add-ons. The change in strategy reflects two different ways airlines view the concept of corporate bundles. Travel managers for a while talked up the idea of… 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 »

Defense Department Identifies Concur As Vendor For DTS Pilot

The U.S. Department of Defense finally identified the commercial travel system it’s been piloting since June 2016. No one should be surprised that it’s market leader Concur Travel and Expense. A DOD official told The Company Dime that the pilot is designed to evaluate “the out-of-the-box capability of the commercial-off-the-shelf, software-as-a-service product to meet DOD… Read More »

Airline-GDS Negotiations Heat Up As Parties Try To Sway Lawsuit’s Outcome

[UPDATE, March 22, 2017: U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield denied American Airlines’ renewed request for declaratory judgment relief. She wrote that the request was “untimely” and “otherwise inappropriate.” Although American’s negotiations with Sabre for a new contract “may be newly imminent, they are not unexpected,” according to Schofield. “Reconsideration on account of a changed, but… Read More »

Chasing Lyft And Uber, Ground Transportation Industry Pools Resources

[UPDATE, March 10, 2017: In another example of ground transport convergence, Hertz Europe aligned with Blacklane to provide cars with professional drivers. The “first stage” of an international roll-out brought the program to nine European countries. Customers can request airport transfers, limousines and other chauffeured services via direct Hertz sales channels. The company said it’s… Read More »

CWT: Still Plenty Of Low-Hanging Fruit On Clients’ Mobile Wish Lists

Many software builders during the past several years moved toward a development process that involves clients in more steps along the way. This “agile” method allows them to prove the utility of smaller components of the technology, avoiding the commitment involved with major releases. This can increase speed to market for top-of-the-list features. Carlson Wagonlit… Read More »

Direct Travel Buys MacNair Travel As Midmarket Play Keeps Rolling

Anyone who follows this space knows that Direct Travel is buying up travel management companies. Its purchase of MacNair Travel Management last October, though, flew under the radar. With it, Direct Travel since 2011 has closed 21 acquisitions of TMCs and meetings management firms. President and CEO Mike MacNair and his wife Ellen founded MacNair… Read More »

CWT Redesigning Reporting Tool Launched In 2015

Heard this one before? Large travel management company promises to become truly digital through better use of data and personalization. Carlson Wagonlit Travel chief technology officer Andrew Jordan in an interview last week described the very same as his top priority. Jordan didn’t disparage the “predictive” CWT AnalytIQs reporting system, ballyhooed and rolled out 16… 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 »

After Enlisting Two Dozen TMCs, Concur’s Preferred Program Loses A Few

Frosch recently left the Concur preferred travel management company program because it didn’t want to use all the required technology. A similar thing happened with Altour and at least one other TMC. In the three cases, officials said they remain Concur supporters even if they no longer meet the formal program’s criteria. At more than… Read More »

Hilton Ends Test Of Seven-Day Cancellation Rates

For those who found Hilton’s restrictive “flexible” rates problematic, there’s some good news. A Hilton official confirmed the hotel company ended a test of those rates. But don’t be surprised if you see them again. Like Basic Economy airfares, these kinds of hotel rates aren’t suited for corporate travel. Some program managers would rather not include… Read More »