Author: 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.

American Airlines Continues Fallback From Corporate Market

American Airlines is retreating from the managed corporate travel market and erasing its tracks.  According to a World Travel Inc. newsletter, the airline from April 1 will stop providing discounts to companies with less than $1.5 million in annual AA spending. Also as of that date, AA’s corporate accounts “will be provided with points for…

What To Do About Sky-High International Fares

Domestic U.S. airfare growth has moderated and there’s potential for the same in some long-haul international markets. Any company with an appreciable volume of international air travel should see it as a high-value area for spend management. According to Advito, January bookings as of last week for business class tickets to and from North America…

Traveler Tracking Wasn’t Good Enough, And Might Get Worse

Traveler tracking and TMC reporting systems couldn’t handle the crush of cancellations as SARS-CoV-2 raced around the globe almost three years ago. Inaccurate reports on traveler locations had companies spinning wheels. Is the industry ready for another large-scale event? In some ways, yes. Mostly no. And evolving airline distribution strategies are complicating everything.  Things will…

Travel Industry Gets Reprieve From New Payment Tokenization Rules In India

After several delays, India’s central bank this fall enacted payment security rules prohibiting the storage by merchants of customers’ credit card details. Instead, digital tokens would stand in. Not entirely ready, the travel industry got an extension, to June 2024, to work out how to use tokens when intermediaries like GDSs, TMCs and OBTs are…

Another Slide Delays Recovery For Corporate Travel Providers

The business travel recovery is slipping as the year winds down. After a flattening in the spring and a pop in early fall, industry data in recent weeks showed declining volumes relative to 2019’s baseline. The rapid rebound in early 2022 is a memory and corporate volumes remain well below the peak from three years…

Air France-KLM Suspends Ticketing Authority For European FCM Operation

A spokesperson for Air France-KLM on Monday said the airline group revoked authorization for Flight Centre subsidiary 3Mundi to sell its tickets. They cited “irregularities” and referenced the need to maintain fare transparency for customers. Flight Centre Travel Group acquired some of 3Mundi in 2017 and the rest in 2019 as part of a European…

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