Author: Jay Campbell

Before starting The Company Dime with David Jonas in 2014, journalist Jay Campbell a decade earlier created travel business newsletter The Beat. In 2006, Jay co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 helped integrate them with Business Travel News. He served as BTN's editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University. He would be happy to connect on LinkedIn. He's here at CorporateTravel.social on Mastodon.

Airbnb Plans Better-Curated Business Listings

Airbnb has set up a pilot program in San Francisco to “help hosts tailor their listings to business travelers.” It’s now gathering “business-ready” property information. Among the qualifications, the property must be listed in its entirety, keys must be available at all hours on check-in day, pets and smoking are not allowed and the host must have accepted at least three bookings in…

Coupa, Chrome River Bag Millions

June was a huge month for two of Concur’s California-based competitors. Coupa raised $80 million at a valuation of $1 billion. Chrome River picked up $100 million, declining to disclose its assessed worth. Enterprise tech is attracting venture capital as established and new providers exploit mobile and cloud technology. The moves also reflect a competitive expense management software marketplace following SAP’s $8 billion deal last…

Expensify’s Fighting Words Are Not Just For Concur

Expensify CEO David Barrett likes dissing corporate booking tools, and seems to consider travel management his competition. He proudly opines that expense will “eat” corporate travel. Expensify for the most part has ignored traditional enterprise sales as it targets the end user with its expense app. Popular with startups and “unicorns,” Expensify recently signed Yahoo and its 12,000 users, showing a desire to move up market. That means RFPs and…

Sabre Claims Lead In ‘Early Days’ For Itinerary Apps

TripCase, TripIt and WorldMate have been the granddaddies of itinerary apps since the App Store’s infancy. Using WorldMate’s API for email parsing and its GDS for agency synchronization, Sabre claims the lead with 30 million TripCase itineraries managed last year. “It’s early days,” said Sabre senior vice president for traveler solutions John Samuel. “This is a new space and we’re all experimenting and learning…

CWTSatoTravel Wins 20 ETS2 Accounts, Preps Government App

Twenty of the past 22 U.S. federal agencies to select a vendor in the E-Gov Travel Service end-to-end program chose CWTSatoTravel, a spokesperson said. CWTSatoTravel has implemented 16 agencies on its E2 Solutions end-to-end desktop product. Four more are due this year. The company had already serviced 11 clients under the first E-Gov Travel Service program (see list below). In the current program, also called ETS2, CWTSato’s…

Max Pax Policies Common, Not Universal

Concerns about too many executives or employees on a flight date back to well before 9/11, the event that began the travel risk management era. While it’s perhaps the oldest travel risk management policy, the maximum passenger rule isn’t applied as widely as one might expect. A US Airways flight six years ago crash landed on the Hudson River carrying two dozen people working on the Bank of…

Direct Selling Point: Systems Integration

When building a new company, one way to establish an identity is to offer something no one else does. These days that typically means unique technology. But fast-growing U.S. travel management company Direct Travel is under no illusions of being an IT shop. This makes the company an attractive client for travel tech developers. At the moment, Direct Travel CIO Darryl Hoover has Concur…

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