Monthly Archives: July 2015

T-Mobile’s Travelers Are Reforesting Haiti

Gamification found footing in T-Mobile’s corporate travel program. Yes, travelers get badges and points for complying with corporate policies, but that’s hardly the point. And yes, the compliance push has saved money. But that too isn’t what’s really important. More meaningful is converting some savings into jobs for the impoverished and new lungs for the earth. To pull off the “greenification”… Read More »

Imagine, If You Will, An Ordinary Industry

[CORRECTION, Aug. 21: Our fact-checking process failed to uncover the fact that nine years ago, Lufthansa was not one of the airlines on whose segments global distribution system firms in the United States started paying lower incentives to travel management companies. This article has been updated, and we apologize for the error.] A month before Lufthansa Group will add… Read More »

Study Shows ROI On Travel Illness Prevention Programs

When moral or legal obligations aren’t enough, proving the ROI of risk management isn’t easy. A new study offers travel pros some data to make the case for a “return on prevention.” The research finds that measures like pre-travel medical checks and malaria prevention pay back. Belgium-based research and consulting firm Prevent in January released the study, sponsored by the International SOS . . .… Read More »

Grasping At Remedies For The Hotel Data Normalization Headache

Hotel data normalization. Sounds deadly boring, right? Mention the concept to corporate travel people, and the feeling is more like frustration. Grasp Technologies is testing a remedy that executives claim could actually make the process a snap. They’re not the only ones. Cornerstone Information Systems also has something up its sleeve. Hotel booking data tends to be a… Read More »

Visa, United Add Key Piece To Ancillary Reporting Puzzle

It was a long time coming, but standardized, global credit card reporting on ancillary airline spending is finally in place — at least for United Airlines’ corporate accounts using Visa cards. The airline in April began sending data through Visa using defined category formats that identify things like bag fees, upgrades and inflight WiFi. Using spending data on… Read More »

Podcast 1: Craig Banikowski, Evan Konwiser, Miriam Moscovici

On our debut episode from July 2015, Jay Campbell discusses traveler-centric management, gamification, millennials, expense, mobile and social networking with Evan Konwiser and Miriam Moscovici. Evan is vice president of digital traveler for American Express Global Business Travel. Miriam is director of emerging technology for BCD Travel. Later in the podcast, David Jonas interviews Amgen travel buyer and… Read More »

Virtual Payment Attracts Competition In Cindy Allen’s PayForTrip

[UPDATE, Feb 3, 2017: We published new information related to this article here.] Late of Concur, Cindy Allen and Kathy Burns are looking to cash in on growing interest in the benefits of virtual cards. Their newly unveiled firm, PayForTrip, is the first startup . . . For SubscribersThe full page is available to subscribers of The Company Dime.… Read More »

Price Assurance Firms Go Global, Add Features

Price assurance remains an active area of development for corporate travel. Madrid-based Trappit now is challenging Yapta on the global stage for airfares. It’s got a hotel product in the works, too. Hotel-only provider TripBam, meanwhile, rolled out some significant enhancements during the past few weeks. The basic idea is to continually check already-purchased seats or rooms against newly published rates, and cancel/rebook if appropriate. There are… Read More »

What To Know About The Chip Card Shift

A liability shift in October will transfer responsibility for covering U.S. card payment fraud to the party with less secure payment technology. Cards with chips are considered safer because they generate a unique code for each transaction, making counterfeiting seemingly impossible. Merchant locations without terminals capable of reading chip cards will be on the hook when fraud occurs.… Read More »

Despite Published Info, Apple Pay Still Not Available For Corporate Cards

[UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.] Some travel managers and TMCs are fielding questions about when Apple Pay will be available for corporate card users, but don’t trust the website. At press time, Apple showed five institutions as providers of corporate cards supporting Apple Pay. They weren’t exactly commercial payment heavyweights, but it appeared to be… Read More »