Category Archives: Policy

In Defense Of Corporate Travel Policy

Corporate travel policy has taken a lot of grief lately. It’s too long, so nobody reads it. It’s not traveler-centric. It doesn’t incorporate “behavioral economics.” Its ability to control behavior is a “myth.” Some generalizations are less true than others, and corporate policy is often misunderstood. That doesn’t mean companies can stand pat. The business environment is always… Read More »

Finding The Logic In Airfare Policies

The question of what’s logical in a lowest logical airfare policy has always had more than one answer. There’s much more now for program managers to think about than when such policies came into vogue in the late 1990s. In general, the lowest logical airfare is the cheapest available at the time of booking that abides by corporate… Read More »

Travel Managers Ruminate On The Impacts Of Tightening And Relaxing Policies

Boston – It’s folly to look for consensus on which way corporate travel policy is moving. Speakers at the Global Business Travel Association convention here last week displayed a wide range of approaches and opinions. On one panel, a travel manager wished his company’s policy was stricter while his co-panelist said she strives for a softer touch and… Read More »

Why Don’t Companies Reward Policy-Compliant Travelers With Loyalty Points?

Efforts encouraging corporate travelers to do the right thing run the gamut. Punitive measures for policy noncompliance range from informing managers to withholding reimbursement. Short of requiring pre-trip approval, other strategies use incentives like gift cards, cash or simple positive reinforcement. Why not reward travelers with loyalty program points? Frequent flyer, guest and renter programs are the lifeblood for… Read More »

What’s A Business Traveler’s Time Worth?

U.S. authorities this week said an expanded “laptop ban” is “still on the table.” A prohibition on large personal electronic devices in passenger cabins on all transatlantic flights would decimate productivity. The International Air Transport Association estimated the impact at $1.1 billon annually. How did it come up with that number? Moreover, do corporate travel managers work out… Read More »

‘Laptop Ban’ Prompts Review Of Travel, IT Policies

[UPDATE, July 20, 2017: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security no longer bans large electronic devices in airplane passenger cabins for flights coming in from overseas. The last of the 10 airports affected by the restrictions had the ban removed this week.] [UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Emirates cited revised U.S. government policies for its decision to reduce flight… Read More »

Startup Applies Policy To Web Buys For Small Businesses

This site’s readers are well aware of the parade of startups looking to tackle small-market or unmanaged business travel. None has gone quite as niche as Compl.ai. The new firm from Daniel Senyard, formerly of Tripchamp, is aiming to bring a policy tool to small businesses. That’s right, it’s a travel policy startup. Reminiscent of ProcureApp — which disappeared within… Read More »

Updates: Air Emissions; Upside; Basic Economy; PayForTrip; Real ID; Compl.ai

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click to jump to United’s carbon emissions pledge to corporate clients, Upside’s launch, proliferating Basic Economy airfares, PayForTrip’s pause, the federal government’s… Read More »

DOD Piloting New Defense Travel System, Asking For Travel Management Company Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Defense spends billions on travel every year. Its policies have grown unwieldy. The Defense Travel System has been widely derided. Travel payment processes are rife with errors. Projects now underway aim to fix a lot of that. DOD since June has been running a limited pilot of the newest version of DTS. It coincides… Read More »

New International Tax Framework Demands Solid Travel Booking, Activity Data

New York — Corporate travel departments are always pointing to service, savings and safety as reasons for travel management policies and practices. Here’s another: fiscal self-preservation. Aiming to reduce transnational tax avoidance, more than 100 jurisdictions around the globe last year adopted plans to update international tax rules. Governed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the… Read More »