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

New Tripbam Benchmarking And Auditing Services Take Aim At Hotel Revenue Management Trickery

By | July 25, 2018

Tripbam announced benchmarking and hotel performance assessment tools enabling clients to determine if they’re getting appropriate discounts, why negotiated rates aren’t being used and where they can improve their programs. The initiative aims to address problems that give travel buyers fits and have attracted other solutions, as well. In the works for well over a year, the program’s initial focus… Read More »

Experts Ponder Policy, Prices And Productivity

By | July 24, 2018

Do rigid, frugal travel policies jeopardize employee performance? It’s debatable. Tripbam CEO Steve Reynolds is in the cost-control camp. His argument goes like this: It’s not the airplane seat or the hotel that makes for an effective trip. Get employees to their destinations safely and let their job training and specific skillset take it from there. “The cost… Read More »

As Acquis Consulting-Backed Startup Takes On Rocketrip, Pros Remain Divided On Rewards

By | July 17, 2018

Tripkicks is a new tech company focused on helping companies spend less on business travel through employee incentives. Its approach is similar to that of Rocketrip, which helped popularize the notion of behavioral change based on shared savings. Tripkicks’ largest investor is Acquis Consulting, which also is a strategic partner helping with implementation. Tripkicks CEO Jeff Berk is… Read More »

IATA Fully Certifies Amadeus For Distribution Using NDC

By | July 9, 2018

Amadeus became the tenth company in IATA’s New Distribution Capability program certified as a Level-3 aggregator, according to IATA’s NDC Registry. Amadeus previously achieved Level 3 certification, the highest level, as an IT provider. The certifications indicate a company’s ability to handle messaging via an NDC-compliant application programming interface. For aggregators, that means consuming such APIs made available… Read More »

New Southwest Revenue Management Tactics Put Upward Pressure On Fares

By | July 5, 2018

Southwest Airlines is using new revenue management tools in a fight against lower-cost competition. For travel buyers, the impact could be fewer low airfares from Southwest and, in turn, its big three U.S. rivals. Already there are signs pointing to fare hikes during the second half of this year. Fuel prices are up, prompting some airlines to slow capacity… Read More »

Fraudsters Busted For Stealing $1 Million Through T&E Card, Expense Processes

By | June 29, 2018

A Connecticut woman this week pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from her company during a three-year period to 2016 by exploiting payment and expense reimbursement processes. As much as business leaders would like to trust employees, preventing them from stealing is a big reason to have travel and expense management. Despite corporate efforts to reduce… Read More »

Prime Numbers Is Among Those Teaching Alexa About Travel Programs

By | June 21, 2018

Prime Numbers Technology is about to add to the small list of skills performed by Amazon Alexa for travel managers. The tech company’s clients soon will be asking the device about their programs and industry benchmarks. It’s not the only industry data firm building voice-activated travel management question-and-answer exchanges. Travel Incorporated is one travel management company also putting… Read More »