Category Archives: Sectors

The Defense Department Wants New Travel Systems, But First Had To Simplify Policy

By | May 7, 2018

[UPDATE, August 20, 2018: The Department of Defense picked SAP Concur to build a new travel system. Working with Accenture Federal Services, Booz Allen and CWTSato Travel, Concur is tasked with delivering a “prototype” within 24 months.] No one spends more on travel for work than the U.S. military. Its mission to modernize how it goes about that has… Read More »

Hyatt Hotels Negotiates Consortia Rates With Shared Services Firm KBB Partners

By | March 7, 2018

Hyatt has negotiated rates for shared services provider KBB Partners’ financial and professional services members. KBB aggregates spending to secure favorable pricing and contract terms on areas including travel, insurance, information services, office supplies and teleconferencing. Best suited for firms without in-house resources, KBB looks to negotiate individual and group contracts with airlines, hotels and car services. It… Read More »

New Private Luxury Terminal At LAX Offers Corporate Memberships, But Are There Takers?

By | May 31, 2017

Who will pay thousands of dollars to use a private terminal before boarding a commercial flight? Rich folks, of course, but also maybe those who employ rich folks. At LAX, where celebrities move through and paparazzi pursue, entertainment companies and talent agencies may take a look at The Private Suite, a facility that opened this month. They may… Read More »

Cornerstone Wins Federal Data Account As Concur Sunsets TravelTrax

By | May 16, 2017

Concur is phasing out the TravelTrax data solution and its biggest user, the U.S. federal government, is switching to Cornerstone Information Systems. A Concur representative confirmed the company would be sunsetting TravelTrax by next year. “We are committed to the travel analytics space and will continue to invest and innovate in this area,” according to the spokesperson. “We are… Read More »

United States Requires Virtual Cards In Next Federal Payment Program

By | April 3, 2017

[UPDATE, Sept. 12, 2017: The U.S. General Services Administration announced Citibank and U.S. Bank as contractors for its SmartPay 3 program, covering purchasing, travel, fleet and integrated payment services. GSA indicated that the program would total $700 billion in transaction value during the contract term, which including extension options would run from November 2018 to 2031. The 560… Read More »

Defense Department Identifies Concur As Vendor For DTS Pilot

By | March 7, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense finally identified the commercial travel system it’s been piloting since June 2016. No one should be surprised that it’s market leader Concur Travel and Expense. A DOD official told The Company Dime that the pilot is designed to evaluate “the out-of-the-box capability of the commercial-off-the-shelf, software-as-a-service product to meet DOD travel requirements.” The… Read More »

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

By | February 3, 2017

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 »