Monthly Archives: January 2015

Uneven Chip Card Migration Will Require Awareness Programs

By | January 29, 2015

Corporate cards with chips finally are coming to the United States en masse. How travel departments should deal with them depends on the circumstances. Chip cards requiring a PIN for authentication are more secure and more widely accepted globally than chip-and-signature cards. But many corporate program managers aren’t getting chip-and-PIN from their payment firm. Payments industry analyst Frank Martien of First Annapolis… Read More »

Sabre’s Planned Acquisition Is Likely Asian GDS Abacus

By | January 27, 2015

[UPDATE: Sabre on May 14, 2015, announced the acquisition of Abacus International.] Sabre Corporation on Monday revealed in a financial filing that this quarter it may agree to an acquisition for its Travel Network GDS division. The acquired company would cost around $500 million, add about $250 million in revenue and improve earnings starting next year. Sabre declined to… Read More »

Fares Following Fuel? Maybe Not

By | January 21, 2015

Some think an obvious consequence of dramatically lower fuel prices is lower airfares. But it’s not that simple. It may not even be likely. “Lower fuel prices translate into lower operating costs for airlines, and, sometimes, air carriers pass along these savings to travelers in the form of lower air ticket prices,” according to an ARC/Expedia report published… Read More »

Airbnb Adds Risk Management Support In Further Appeal To Corporate Travel

By | January 20, 2015

International SOS for a few months has been taking data from Airbnb to help joint clients locate employees in a crisis. Sources said Airbnb also is soliciting other types of support from travel risk management companies to increase its appeal to corporate travel programs. Meanwhile, Airbnb seems to be expanding its business travel sales and account management capabilities. The home… Read More »

Energy Sector Taking Its Belt-Tightening Turn

By | January 15, 2015

[UPDATE, April 13, 2017: The SkyTeam airline alliance announced a new program dedicated to marine and offshore clients. The initial set of participating carriers is Aeroflot, Air France, Delta, KLM, Kenya Airways and Saudia. The program includes special fares and baggage policies. It is managed by distributor IAS Global to make the program “widely available to M&O specialist… Read More »

Rivals, Employees Accuse Flight Centre Of Deceptive Practices

By | January 15, 2015

[UPDATE, Sept. 12, 2016: Channel 4 Dispatches on British television in spring 2016 leveled some related accusations. Channel 4 included a Flight Centre response saying the “Dispatches’ allegation that Flight Centre has a policy or culture of applying opportunistic or excessive margins to particular customers or demographics is completely unfounded.” The travel company, though, acknowledged the program may “highlight… Read More »

How To Get Executives To Focus On Travel Risk Management

By | January 12, 2015

Nothing important gets done without executive buy-in, but what if no one in the C-suite is listening? That’s the conundrum facing some professionals as they try to establish robust travel risk management programs. When regulations or the news don’t get executives’ attention, experts advise giving them something tangible. “People who have never experienced a crisis don’t often see that it could happen… Read More »