David Jonas

David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

Author Archives: David Jonas

Another Small Business Travel Service Hits The Market, With An Alternative Lodging Twist

By | June 19, 2018

Developed by the Monaker Group, NextTrip.biz is one of the newest of many business travel booking services targeting small and medium-size companies. Announced last month, it promises to cut costs, simplify management and reward employees. If that sounds familiar, the twist here is including alternative lodging accommodations. Having previously built instant booking for rental homes, apartments, resorts and other types… Read More »

Ovation Travel Makes First Non-U.S. Acquisition

By | June 18, 2018

One of the last standing in that unique category of New York-based travel agencies drawing outsized attention from suppliers while serving high-end business and leisure clientele, Ovation Travel Group has made its first acquisition outside the United States. Ovation last week bought London-based Chartwell Travel Limited, known in the entertainment, film, television and news production industries, according to a… Read More »

App Provider DCS Touts Full TMC Tech Integration

By | June 15, 2018

Many travel management companies offer itinerary apps to client travelers. With some exceptions, they pretty much provide the same or similar features. “They are more or less a commodity,” said Cristian Dinca, founder of Bucharest-based travel tech firm DCS Plus. He said a differentiator is when an app is an extension of a unified agency tech stack. That’s… Read More »

Andy Menkes Joins BCD Travel

By | June 8, 2018

Industry veteran Andy Menkes on June 11 will join BCD Travel. The Partnership Travel Consulting founder will become senior vice president of global client solutions, a new position at BCD Travel. According to a BCD announcement sent to The Company Dime, he will be responsible for growing the TMC’s global market share by working with BCD’s leadership teams and… Read More »

After Lots Of Groundwork, State Of California Pilots Virtual Payment

By | May 31, 2018

A few months into piloting virtual payment, the quarter-of-a-billion-dollar State of California T&E program already has realized benefits. Tied to policy mandates and program consolidation, the alternative payment mechanism made life easier and more productive for travelers and administrative staff. It took a while to get to this point, still a work in progress. California first explored virtual… Read More »

What’s Behind The Upsurge In Airline Commissions?

By | May 24, 2018

Total commissions paid to travel agencies by U.S. airlines in 2017 reversed a 20-year trend and jumped 15 percent year over year, according to U.S. government data. The data reflect a fight for market share as the Big Three enjoy strong demand and healthy balance sheets. On domestic U.S. tickets, commission dollar volume in 2017 rose for a third consecutive… Read More »

First Pilot For United-Traxo Direct Booking Integration Is Underway

By | May 15, 2018

ZS Associates is running a pilot that sanctions for certain employees booking on the United Airlines website. Supported by integration between Traxo and the carrier, the direct option delivers a better booking experience and improved customer service, according to ZS Associates travel leaders. One of them is Glenn Hollister, principal at the firm and head of its travel… Read More »