Category Archives: Productivity

With ‘Real ID’ Airport Security Rules Set To Take Effect In January, TMCs Issue Client Advisories

Twelve years since Congress passed it, the Real ID Act is getting real. Two months before the new federal security rules take effect at U.S. airports, travel managers are finding lots of confusion. That’s why travel management companies are encouraging clients to spread the message about the potential impact. Conceived after 9/11 as a way to make state-issued… Read More »

Squabbling Some, Online Booking Tool Providers Address Negative Perception

New York – More than 20 years since their invention, corporate online booking tools don’t generate much respect. Executives with three of them last month channeled the notion during a panel discussion that mixed updates on development priorities with good-natured ribbing. Representatives of market leader Concur, reinvented Deem and North America newbie Amadeus Cytric touched on familiar issues like system reliability, the… Read More »

Travel Manager Mobile Apps Find A Niche

As travel management companies race to improve traveler services via mobile apps, one concept that hasn’t exactly taken off is a travel manager interface. Still, a couple of TMCs are offering one. Christopherson Business Travel’s mobile app is entirely for program managers. It leaves the mobile traveler touchpoint to partner apps including Concur’s main app and TripIt. Egencia… Read More »

New Apps Aim To Make Travel Managers Heroes And Whizzes Of … Parking

When travel managers think about the highest-cost items in the T&E budget, parking tends not to rise to the top. Nevertheless, when air, car and hotel are buttoned-up, it’s always nice to find savings opportunities with items down the “long tail,” like dining, gasoline or telecom. A couple Chicago-based tech firms this year created business programs intended to bring the… Read More »

Travel And Transport App Helps Travelers Fuel Up Before They Fork Over

You have all been there. Driving toward the airport, about to return the rental car and sweating it out because you might have already passed the last gas station before the return ramp. And then what? Pay through the nose? Turn around and risk missing the flight? You just know there’s a conspiracy between these rental car companies,… Read More »

Chrome River Closing CRM Loop

Chrome River is showing clients a new way for sales and finance to correlate T&E spending with customer relationship management info. The idea is to optimize how and where to allocate travel dollars, based on the revenue-generating potential of customer visits. Pulling CRM data into travel decision-making is not a new concept. Chrome River aims to complete the… 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 »

Flight Disruption Predictions Arrive

One way travel managers and management companies earn their stripes is guiding travelers through trip disruptions. Better still is helping them avoid such snafus. Using predictive analytics, that’s Flightsayer’s game. Some beta testers are intrigued. Better-known in corporate travel circles, FlightStats also is working on predictive analytics. It’s keeping a lot of that close to the vest for… Read More »

Amadeus, Salesforce Chase Business Travel’s ROI

Return on investment for particular business trips is elusive. Amadeus is hoping to address that with new integration between its cytric booking tool and Salesforce. Amadeus expects cytric to be available on the Salesforce AppExchange by early fourth quarter, meaning clients can install its booking capabilities into the Salesforce mobile app. The integration will attach Salesforce CRM’s “opportunities”… Read More »

Kevin Austin Shoots For The Next Big Mobile Thing

Hi-Mark Software made its mark more than a decade ago, and Kevin Austin sold it to TRX in 2007. Concur now is shutting down what remains of Austin’s technology, and he’s back with something new. His Big Data Experts has created a platform for building mobile apps, going to market as ONEtechnology. They’re not just any mobile apps.… Read More »