It seems each new week brings another announcement about plans for sustainable aviation fuel. Several European airlines recently gave customers opportunities to get involved. Microsoft in October said it joined KLM’s corporate program that funds biofuel purchases. Separately, Dutch sustainable aviation fuel company SkyNRG around the same time began engaging companies to help develop the sustainable fuel industry.
Meta search company Kayak as early as last year began exploring a business travel gateway to supplier sites and online travel agencies which could include negotiated corporate rates. The company last month announced a free service including a number of business travel functions, but it also revealed greater managed-travel ambitions.
At the GBTA convention in August, TripActions CEO and co-founder Ariel Cohen said with a straight face that “everybody” would be using his service in five years. Cohen’s “confidence” amused panel moderator Reggie Aggarwal of Cvent. As with its eye-popping $4 billion valuation, universal disruption by TripActions is hard to fathom. This is a company whose most impressive differentiators to date are a pretty user interface and tons of marketing money. It also claims superior customer care. Still, with hundreds of millions behind TripActions, there is something more up its sleeve.
Longtime ground transportation tech integrator Groundspan recently created a side business out of helping clients source suppliers and keep them honest. It’s no wonder there may be a need; the ground transport category is more complicated than ever. Pricing, alone, makes buyers dizzy.
IBM isn’t interested in building a booking engine, but its researchers are working to help business travelers with the post-booking trip experience. The tech giant is offering travel and transportation clients opportunities to white label its conversational interface platform. This can power, for example, virtual assistants to help travelers get out of long airport lines.
The Global Business Travel Association is investigating possible accounting irregularities at its Denver-based chapter. Less than three weeks ago, GBTA said it had reported to authorities concerns about accounting activity related to its Ohio chapter. What’s going on with these chapters?
A few twists after The Upside Travel Company’s birth about four years ago, it’s again reintroducing itself. Now it’s positioned as a no-fee, no-contract, no-minimum, cash-back, off-the-shelf business travel provider that you’ll keep using because the service is amazing.