Monthly Archives: February 2017

Big Clients Signal Acceptance As Rocketrip Signs General Electric, Twitter

By | February 27, 2017

[UPDATE, April 26, 2017: Rocketrip said Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Deem, Ovation Corporate Travel, Sabre and Travel Leaders Corporate joined Concur in its partnership program.] Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch thinks too few travel managers are advocates for travelers. He said the profession has a policy compliance problem and lacks innovation. His new, big-name clients apparently agree with at least… Read More »

Startup Applies Policy To Web Buys For Small Businesses

By | February 23, 2017

[UPDATE, March 7, 2018: Complai, which makes the Shep browser extension that guides travelers to policy-compliant options available in the open market, secured additional financing and launched a beta program on Product Hunt. For the Chrome browser, Shep works on direct consumer sites run by American, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest airlines, as well as Expedia, hotels.com, Orbitz, Priceline… Read More »

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

By | February 21, 2017

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 Travel shifted to… Read More »

Traveler Engagement: (Hard) Work In Progress

By | February 17, 2017

Traveler engagement is an area of opportunity, but translating touchy-feely principles for a procurement mindset of compliance and savings is problematic. Many practitioners remain in the earliest stages of a more robust engagement program, studying and planning. According to an Association of Corporate Travel Executives/American Express Global Business Travel September 2016 survey of 254 corporate travel managers, 90… Read More »

Direct Travel Buys MacNair Travel As Midmarket Play Keeps Rolling

By | February 15, 2017

[UPDATE, Oct. 4, 2017: Direct Travel and ATPI formed a new entity to jointly serve midmarket, multinational accounts. Called Direct ATPI Global Travel, the new organization “accelerates our global growth strategy,” according to a statement attributed to Direct Travel CEO Ed Adams. The companies contributed “equal investments” and created a joint governing board and leadership team, according to… Read More »

Airlines Not Interested In Carbon Tax Floated By Big-Name Republicans

By | February 14, 2017

A group of political heavyweights from yesteryear wants the United States to introduce a carbon tax to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Surprisingly, they’re conservative Republicans. Unsurprisingly, airline trade associations aren’t interested. Including a corresponding carbon dividend for Americans, the plan comes from the newly launched Climate Leadership Council. Former cabinet members James Baker, Henry Paulson, Jr., and George… Read More »

Messy Handling Of Global Entry Eligibility Mirrors Wider Chaos Following Executive Order

By | February 9, 2017

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Attorneys for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee filed suit Tuesday against U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a Washington, D.C. federal district court. The plaintiffs are seeking to compel CBP to produce records in response to previously filed Freedom of Information Act requests related to CBP actions to “revoke, suspend or terminate participation” in Global… Read More »