Much of the rationale for a managed travel program is providing appropriate and satisfactory service to corporate travelers. That means working with airlines, hotels, ground transport firms, travel management companies, tech providers and others to optimize each step of a trip, from booking and planning through to post-trip reports and surveys.

Coverage areas include:
• Travel agents, both real and virtual
• Employee engagement
Mobile technologies for travelers
• Variability in hotel services
Personalizing travel
Visa processing travel

Hotel Engine Joins Intermediaries Creating Flexibility For A Fee

Lodging aggregator Hotel Engine has a new service allowing business clients to cancel and modify reservations up to noon on the day of check-in for a $200 monthly subscription fee. It’s a “pro” version of the same flexibility option for individual bookings, which the company said saved its members $5 million on more than 55,000…

TravelPerk Closes In On $200M In Annualized Revenue, Seeks AI Efficiencies

TravelPerk is targeting 70 percent revenue growth for 2023. That’s after the company hit $100 million in annualized revenue late last year. The Barcelona-based corporate travel agency is doing this without the benefit of enterprise clients, which it is not pursuing. Here’s a lightly edited transcript of The Company Dime co-founder Jay Campbell’s Monday conversation…

Amex GBT’s NDC Requirements Are Here

Continuing its efforts to help standardize the “development of robust and scalable NDC connections specifically designed for business travel,” American Express Global Business Travel on Monday made public its Minimum Marketable Product document.  The MMP is an evolving framework that describes the “capabilities needed for NDC to work successfully for business travel.” It currently lists…

AA, Accelya Enable EDIFACT-NDC Exchanges

American Airlines and Accelya, developer of the carrier’s NDC interface, on Monday announced a breakthrough for post-ticketing support in next-generation airline distribution. They said they made unused EDIFACT tickets exchangeable through NDC connections. “It’s available broadly to any travel retailer or aggregator that can support the use of an unused ticket in an exchange,” said…

Everybody Wants The Elusive Unmanaged Business Traveler

AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee, an NDC supporter, sounded exasperated on his company’s May 16 webinar. He wanted to acknowledge the gaps in American Airlines’ NDC implementation without giving undue fodder to its skeptics. The challenges with NDC were not trivial, but in Klee’s view, throwing out the baby with the bathwater could have severe consequences…

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