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.

Coming From A TMC Near You: Proactive Trip Disruption Services

If you’re a global travel manager and have not heard from your big travel management company about “proactive care” or “disruption services,” you likely will. American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel are rolling out programs now. BCD Travel has had one for three years. The details differ, but what’s behind them is the same: operational intel…

Snack Giant Mondelēz International Takes Jumbo Bite From Travel Spend

When a CFO says the company will cut its more than $100 million travel budget in half, only suppliers need to panic. For travel managers, it’s like a power-up. That’s how Ike Ihenacho has spent the past year and a half of his professional career — unleashing newfound power at $30 billion snack maker Mondelēz International. Thanks to data consolidation from United…

GBTA Study: Business Travelers Less Satisfied With Online Booking Tools Than Supplier Sites

New research by the Global Business Travel Association, sponsored by Concur, affirms that business travelers think online booking tools are merely satisfactory. Nevertheless, few surveyed travel managers said their employers are ready to allow for alternative booking options. Among 710 American, Australian and British business travelers working for companies with managed travel programs, 85 percent were satisfied when booking directly with airlines…

Orbitz For Business Clients (Sans IBM) Will Move To Egencia’s Platform

Following Expedia’s acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide, leaders of Egencia and Orbitz for Business have been meeting for about six weeks. On Nov. 16, they informed Orbitz for Business clients they would migrate “in waves” next year to Egencia’s booking systems and other technology. This won’t include IBM, which was one of the biggest Orbitz for Business clients although…

Altour Continues Push Into Managed Accounts With A&I, Top Flight Acquisitions

New York-based Altour International continues to acquire its way into managed corporate travel. It bought a controlling stake in 62-year-old A&I Travel Management in Memphis. Altour expects to announce another U.S.-based deal next week. The company also bought the United Kingdom’s Top Flight Travel Management. Adding to its existing U.K. holdings, the Top Flight deal will bring Altour’s sales…

Travel Leaders Corporate Asserts Objectivity With New Consultancy

[UPDATE, March 7, 2018: We published new information about this topic here.] About a decade ago the largest travel management companies created consulting units to help organizations with supplier sourcing and other projects. They targeted both existing and non-clients of their TMC services. Few smaller TMCs have followed but now Travel Leaders Corporate is giving it a go. The…

Using PreCheck And Global Entry May Be A No-Brainer, Deciding Who Pays Isn’t

Travel managers looking to find a common practice among their peers on whether to reimburse for expedited airport processing are out of luck. Like many things, it’s a judgement call and depends on the organization’s culture. One-third of 350 corporate travel managers responding to an August survey by American Express Global Business Travel and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives indicated their…

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