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.

Single-Carrier Route Mandates Cut Air Spend For Software Firm Finastra

Multinational travel programs typically use at least two of the three major airline partner groupings, and many use all three. U.K.-based financial software firm Finastra in 2019 committed to providing all its business on a lucrative international route to just one. After seeing savings by aggregating that spending, the company is hunting for similar opportunities…

Emburse Data: U.S. Corporate Air Traffic Two-Thirds Recovered In Q3, Lagging Car Rental But Leading Lodging

Some suppliers are describing corporate travel demand recovery trends beyond 80 percent relative to 2019, but a cross section of the landscape based on large-client data from Emburse is not so optimistic. Emburse for the quarter ending in September found that domestic U.S. air booking volume was down 36 percent versus 2019. Total domestic air…

With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest

[CORRECTION, Oct. 19, 2022: The original version of this article included outdated information about some Southwest Airlines leisure routes not available to Deem users via certain shopping channels. There are no longer any such restrictions.] Southwest Airlines early this year began “limited” participation in the Google ITA QPX airfare search and shopping system. Corporate online…

Still Beating Display Drum, Delta Restates New Distribution Capability ‘Pause’

While continuing to argue that retailing capabilities in traditional connections and displays could improve, a Delta Air Lines exec on Wednesday said a New Distribution Capability project with Sabre that the airline halted a couple of years ago had “very much restarted.” Also this week, Delta officials clarified 2020 comments widely taken to mean NDC…

BCD Travel Ditches Travelport

BCD Travel is moving to two global distribution system partners from three, focusing on Amadeus and Sabre while leaving out Travelport. “We have a high regard for Travelport, but we’re confident that the direction we’ve taken is the right one for our business and our customers,” according to a statement attributed to Thane Jackson, BCD…

Airline Contracts Are Complex But Applying Them Need Not Be Inefficient, Developers Say

Travel management companies want to maximize revenues, corporate program managers want smooth servicing and no one wants debit memos. New integration between a pair of travel tech firms hopes to accomplish all of that and address some of the challenges of alternative airline distribution models. The key is using automation to overcome airline contract complexity….

Tripbam Asks, Where Did All The Hotel Chainwide Discounts Go?

The biggest knock on any discount program buyers secure with hotel properties and chains is that travelers can’t access preferred rates. That wastes the negotiating effort and eliminates some expected savings. According to Tripbam, for many enterprise clients, that’s been the case this year for chainwide deals. The reasons aren’t clear.  Due to localized hotel…

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