Tag Archives: American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel Redesigns Midmarket Offering

American Express Global Business Travel last month started offering a bundled platform for new U.S. clients spending less than $20 million annually on air travel. In partnership with Jigsaw Research and design consultancy Livework Studio, GBT crafted the program based on several guiding principles for the client experience: personalization, proactive servicing, consistency, value, local expertise and ease… Read More »

Still Looking For The All-In-One Business Travel App? What’s That?

Corporations are looking for an all-in-one business travel app that doesn’t, and won’t, exist. Developers think messaging, natural language and “deep linking” between apps bring the notion as close to reality as possible. A single mobile app that does everything sounds great. Why? Simplicity. It’s natural for procurement pros to seek fewer suppliers. It’s easiest… Read More »

‘Laptop Ban’ Prompts Review Of Travel, IT Policies

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Emirates cited revised U.S. government policies for its decision to reduce flight frequencies on five U.S. routes. In May the airline will begin reducing to five weekly from daily the flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. In June, it will trim twice-daily Boston and Seattle services to one per day. The… Read More »

Variety, Practicality Mark Newest Travel Management Company App Features

[UPDATE, April 6, 2017: World Travel Inc. last month enabled fingerprint ID for logins and an option for users to remain signed in even as they switch to other apps.] Like other travel management companies, World Travel Inc. enabled email parsing and off-channel booking data capture in its mobile experience. Technology from Traxo powers itinerary… Read More »

Microsoft Maximizes Travel Management Resources By Getting Them From American Express GBT

Microsoft has avoided “significant disruptions to stakeholders” since deploying in May 2016 a travel management outsource model that pushes the frontier of process over people. While the client continues to “own” strategy and sourcing, American Express Global Business Travel handles day-to-day travel manager tasks previously assigned mainly to travel department contractors. The setup freed Microsoft’s… Read More »

Big Four Got About One-Third Of Total Sabre Incentives

New York — Sabre in 2011 paid a total of $647 million in travel agency incentives, according to evidence in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here. About one-third of that went to four big corporate agencies — American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG. Newly revealed evidence shows specific totals… Read More »

Why It’s Difficult To Update Travel Agent Desktops

New York — It’s easy to make fun of the traditional “green” screens that travel agents use, but it’s really hard to replace them. Executives with large travel management companies deposed for the US Airways v. Sabre lawsuit, now in trial here, pointed to tens of millions of reasons. “It was a money pit,” said… Read More »

Nobel Laureate Opines On Who Should Fund Business Travel Distribution

New York — “Business people are very excited about competition in every sector except their own.” With that quip, Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz opened his testimony here this month in the US Airways v. Sabre antitrust trial. Called by the plaintiffs, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Time magazine once named among the 100 most influential… Read More »

Trial Reveals Sabre GDS Incentives Paid To Big Travel Management Companies

New York — As they consolidate and grow, travel agencies earn more incentive money from global distribution system providers. Just how much has been hard to ascertain, since incentives are not specifically teased out in GDS company financial reports. With the US Airways v. Sabre case underway here, some interesting numbers are emerging. According to… Read More »

How Non-BSP Airlines Create Inefficiency For Travel Management

Informing clients of its new “high-cost” supplier expense recovery program, American Express Global Business Travel indicated $10 per transaction would apply not only to non-global distribution system participants, but also to airlines that are not in billing settlement plans like ARC. What’s ARC got to do with it? Booking managed corporate travel on airline websites… Read More »

Buyers Balk At Amex GBT Fee

Though some understand the rationale, corporate travel buyers don’t like the new American Express Global Business Travel surcharge on certain airline bookings. Concerns go beyond the amount of the fee, which client communications indicate is $10 per transaction. Customers raised several other financial and operational questions. Speaking anonymously due to the sensitive nature of supplier… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel Fee Idea Isn’t New, But Goes ‘A Step Further’

It’s common for travel management companies to charge extra when booking a supplier requires more work or generates less revenue. This is the basic idea behind American Express Global Business Travel’s additional $10 per transaction fee for certain airlines, revealed here on Tuesday. Sources contacted mainly by email during the past 24 hours indicated that other TMCs… Read More »

Amex GBT Goes After ‘Higher Processing Costs’ Of Gol, Ryanair, Southwest, Others

American Express Global Business Travel in an August letter indicated customers would pay a $10 surcharge on transactions booked with airlines deemed “high cost.” “This additional $10 fee applies to any transaction booked with a supplier that is booked outside a GDS; does not settle its accounts through industry-standard methods; has limited or no participation… Read More »