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.

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Convention Spotlights Efforts To Digitize And Centralize Payment

San Diego — “The pandemic has had a huge impact across the payments space,” according to Visa Business Solutions senior director Ryan Grabau. “People want to be more digital, for sustainability or because everyone is working remotely. They want to pay contactless. Organizations want more control in managing expenditures and cash flow.” Grabau spoke here…

Amex GBT CEO: Hotel Is Less Profitable Than Air But Growing Faster

As part of its roadshow before going public, American Express Global Business Travel told potential investors that airfares it booked were 40 percent higher than those sold by other travel management companies. Amex GBT CEO Paul Abbott on Wednesday said air travel was more profitable than lodging.   At a meeting hosted by Citi, Abbott…

Headlines Raise Red Flags For International Travel Risk Management

What do the forthcoming World Cup in Qatar, a WNBA superstar and a murdered journalist’s lawyer have in common? As cautionary tales involving international travel and local laws stricter than most Westerners experience, they should be on the radar of those involved in travel risk management. The lawyer is Asim Ghafoor, a U.S. citizen detained…

Following Move To Amadeus, Gant Travel Signs Aimendo For Text Automation

San Diego — Gant Travel Management in 2020 migrated from Travelport’s Apollo to Amadeus, becoming one of the top North America-based corporate travel management companies for the Madrid-based global distribution system operator. Enticing Gant were new Amadeus scripting capabilities and other workflow improvements made possible by “advancements” in connectivity to the TMC’s tech stack, including…

United Preps Distribution Channels For Continuous Pricing

United Airlines is testing continuous pricing on some U.S. routes. The concept frees airlines from the traditional alphabet-based fare class structure and permits more flexibility with smaller jumps between price points. Distributing such fares through all channels is a challenge, and United is pressing ahead on direct booking for corporate accounts. It’s planning a new…

U.K.-Based Snowfall Travel Agrees To Buy PSNGR1 Online Booking Tech

[CORRECTION, Aug. 4, 2022: This article was modified to eliminate details on a company formerly affiliated with Snowfall, which were based on outdated information.] England-based tech firm Snowfall Travel agreed to acquire corporate booking tool developer PSNGR1 and bring on some employees, Snowfall founder Stefan Cars confirmed Thursday.  A final deal and related announcement are…

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