Category Archives: Service

After Pivot, Jay Walker’s Upside Travel Is Attempting To Play A Very Long Game

Online travel legend Jay Walker is putting his best spin on Upside Travel’s pivot, but it’s hard to envision which way the company will be facing when it stops. From any angle, Upside’s first idea failed. Too many business travelers want neither packages nor gift cards. While those stayed in the mix, Upside beginning in the summer started saying it’s… Read More »

All In With Amadeus, Air Canada Eyes Advancements For Corporate Travel

Air Canada last month announced a new contract with Amadeus to install a passenger service system and various add-ons, falling in line with several of its Star Alliance partners. The distribution component of the relationship also advanced. For Amadeus agencies, these developments will bring new capabilities for servicing corporate customers. Amadeus agencies already are booking Air Canada’s branded… 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 »

United Airlines Brings Salesforce CRM System To Account Managers

United Airlines this summer made available a new self-service portal for corporate and agency customers. Now it’s training salespeople on the internal component of the platform. Based on Salesforce, the customer relationship management tool is meant to streamline planning and interactions with existing and prospective corporate clients. The CRM system is on the same platform as the Jetstream… 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 »

TMCs Advance Mobile Hotel Bookings, Services

It’s well known that lodging is a strategic driver for travel management companies. Mobile is a key vehicle. American Express Global Business Travel next month in the United Kingdom will add hotel booking and chat to its Amex GBT mobile app. The move furthers a hotel strategy that recently included the integration of Booking.com content, according to American… Read More »

Big Three TMCs On Evolution Of The Model, Airline Distribution, Airbnb, Concur, Synxis Breach

You generally will not see interviews published here, but an opportunity that came up last week made an exception worthwhile. What follows are excerpts of separate interviews with top executives at the three largest travel management companies. We spoke by phone with American Express Global Business Travel president Philippe Chérèque last Monday, Carlson Wagonlit Travel president and CEO… Read More »

Air Traffic Control Privatization Proposal Could Obstruct Long-Term FAA Funding

[UPDATE, June 8, 2017: Adds Global Business Travel Association statement, at bottom.] Corporate travel constituents want a greater focus in Washington on FAA funding and the related issue of air traffic control modernization. The Trump administration on Monday proposed privatizing air traffic control. Hardly a new one, the idea drew lots of fresh criticism and questions from members… Read More »

Teleconference 12: Corporate Airline Relationships

Corporate Airline Relationships Sept. 14, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT Download it here. Gift it here. Grab the slides here. There’s rarely a dull moment in the world of airlines. It’s a supplier segment that underwent radical changes in the past decade, from mergers and joint ventures to new business models and all sorts of new approaches on pricing, product and… Read More »

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

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 »