Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm 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.

American Airlines Extends Incentive Deals To Some NDC-Evangelizing Travel Agencies

American Airlines on Thursday confirmed it offered incentive agreements to “several” travel agencies that it “recently” identified as generating “significant bookings” and “investing in modern technology.” The action removes an inhibitor to these agencies becoming preferred retailers — and, thus, their customers earning miles — in accordance with American’s latest programs. AA was not planning to review its agency incentive…

Explainer: Airline Class-Of-Service Policies

Class of service policies for air travel are among the most common elements of corporate travel programs. Products of a tug of war between spend management and employee wellbeing, they’re sometimes perceived as reflecting a company’s generosity and attention to human assets. There are multiple ways to construct such a policy.  Flight duration is a popular parameter. Nearly 80 percent…

GBTA Poll Finds A Little NDC Progress And An Unyielding Cohort

About 34 percent of 326 travel buyers polled last month by GBTA said their companies had begun implementing NDC-enabled channels, with varying degrees of success, up from 18 percent a year earlier. But half of respondents said they had not started to implement NDC — essentially unchanged from polls in April and October last year. According to World Travel Inc….

AA Plans ‘Adjustments’ As Numbers Suggest Significant Relative Weakness

If you take airline execs at their word, American’s first-quarter “managed” corporate revenue grew far more slowly than Delta’s and United’s. Growth in managed travel drew outsized attention in the most recent airline earnings season, partly because observers wanted evidence for the success or failure of AA’s dramatic changes to corporate sales and distribution. But not all airlines tell the…

Explainer: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Corporate Travel Benchmarking

Travel management is always all about data, but what does it say? Benchmarks can provide many answers, putting a program’s effectiveness into context, but obtaining good ones and using them effectively may be harder than it seems. The Company Dime asked more than a dozen travel managers and industry consultants to discuss the best practices….

AA Follows UA To ARC’s Corporate Contracting Tool As Sabre Upgrades Prism

Washington, D.C. — American Airlines agreed to use the ARC Corporate Intelligence tool for contract management. ARC CI launched with United Airlines in 2020 as an alternative to the market-leading Prism platform, owned by Sabre. An AA official did not comment on whether the airline would continue using Prism. AA signed on in December 2023, and “we’re neck deep in…

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