Payment

Commercial payment is a pillar of travel procurement and management. Whether using centralized billing accounts, travel and entertainment corporate cards, hotel billback or newer solutions like virtual cards, it’s all about convenience and data.

Some examples of our coverage
• The emergence and challenges of virtual cards
• The impact of fintechs
• Fraud-fighting features
• What is blockchain and what role might it play?

Cards Still King As Airlines And Consultants Encourage Payment Alternatives

To achieve their retailing ambitions, airlines don’t just want to control distribution. Optimizing payments is also critical, according to some observers. Alternative models, methods and technologies that could help are in development, but the rise of rivals to the card has been predicted before. “Corporations seeking price breaks in markets where they influence load factors…

Travel Industry Gets Reprieve From New Payment Tokenization Rules In India

After several delays, India’s central bank this fall enacted payment security rules prohibiting the storage by merchants of customers’ credit card details. Instead, digital tokens would stand in. Not entirely ready, the travel industry got an extension, to June 2024, to work out how to use tokens when intermediaries like GDSs, TMCs and OBTs are…

Blockskye-Kayak Partnership Swipes Huge Account, Eyes $1B In Corporate Travel Sales

Change in the world of managed corporate travel tends to be slow. Blockskye’s project to annihilate costs in corporate travel processes has been in the works for several years and now that it’s happening, with a big assist from Kayak, it looks like a leap. Officials with the blockchain-powered travel management company startup declined to…

Conferma Preps More Contactless Payment, The ‘Final Piece’ In Virtual Card Success

Sabre-owned virtual payments company Conferma Pay expects by January to provision virtual cards into digital wallets for travel bookings. It’s another means for virtual payment to dispense with 20th-century technology. Faxes now handle a minority of Conferma Pay’s virtual card authorizations to hotel properties, with more reliable, secure email and API connections growing in usage…

Oracle, JPMorgan Chase Partner For Touchless Travel Expenses

[UPDATE, Oct. 20, 2022: This article was updated to include information in the last paragraph about rollout timing.] As part of an effort to automate business-to-business transactions for 40,000 customers that use its enterprise resource planning software, Oracle Corp. on Wednesday announced corporate card integration with JPMorgan Chase. The travel card and expenses initiative would…

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…

Sabre Buys Conferma Pay

Sabre on Aug. 3 acquired Conferma Pay, the longtime partner that powers its Sabre Virtual Payments solution. Terms were not disclosed. “We believe we are now well-positioned to expand on that proposition with Conferma Pay becoming a Sabre-owned entity,” according to a Sabre statement. The company provided the comment after The Company Dime viewed a…

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