Monthly Archives: May 2017

New Private Luxury Terminal At LAX Offers Corporate Memberships, But Are There Takers?

By | May 31, 2017

Who will pay thousands of dollars to use a private terminal before boarding a commercial flight? Rich folks, of course, but also maybe those who employ rich folks. At LAX, where celebrities move through and paparazzi pursue, entertainment companies and talent agencies may take a look at The Private Suite, a facility that opened this month. They may… Read More »

Another Travel Startup Leans On TMC Support

By | May 30, 2017

Disadvantaged relative to bigger companies that negotiate their own airfare discounts, small businesses mostly pay retail. TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung is out to change that. In a market full of business travel startups, one of his company’s angles is rebates for users. TravelBank introduced its first products in November. They are an expense app and budgeting… Read More »

Mezi Adds Thorsen, Joins Lola And So Many Other Business Travel Startups

By | May 22, 2017

[UPDATE, March 7, 2018: Lola introduced a small and medium-size business platform featuring reporting, team collaboration and policy guidelines with “wiggle room.”] [UPDATE, Jan. 30, 2018: American Express acquired Mezi.] [UPDATE, July 12, 2017: Mezi announced profile and dashboard functionality — and partnerships with Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and W Travel — as part of its Mezi for… Read More »

CWT Using Points, New Rate System To Capture More Hotel Bookings

By | May 19, 2017

Many travel management companies and tech firms are working to process more of their clients’ hotel bookings. Continuing its push, Carlson Wagonlit Travel is rolling out a simplified rate aggregation system and using loyalty points as incentives. During a Wednesday interview, CWT president of hotels Scott Brennan said some clients in Europe that use the KDS and Traveldoo… Read More »

Talking Approvals And Expenses With Unit4’s Digital Assistant

By | May 17, 2017

Unit4 provides enterprise resource planning systems to governments, not-for-profits, higher education and professional service firms. Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, it’s known in corporate travel for powering Sabre’s Central Command travel agency back-office software. It also offers an expense management product and, as of this spring, a digital assistant. Named Wanda, the chatbot stems from Unit4’s focus on… Read More »

Cornerstone Wins Federal Data Account As Concur Sunsets TravelTrax

By | May 16, 2017

Concur is phasing out the TravelTrax data solution and its biggest user, the U.S. federal government, is switching to Cornerstone Information Systems. A Concur representative confirmed the company would be sunsetting TravelTrax by next year. “We are committed to the travel analytics space and will continue to invest and innovate in this area,” according to the spokesperson. “We are… Read More »