Service

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

Podcast 6: Lea Cahill, Kurt Ekert, Brian Harniman, Rich Miller

Our sixth podcast episode features a panel discussion on business travel technology hosted by the Meetings Technology Expo in New York City on Nov. 10. Jay Campbell moderated the conversation with Brand New Matter managing director (and former Priceline exec) Brian Harniman, nuTravel chief strategy officer Rich Miller, Atlas Travel & Technology Group COO Lea Cahill and soon-to-be-former Travelport chief commercial officer Kurt Ekert. Jay…

Coming From A TMC Near You: Proactive Trip Disruption Services

If you’re a global travel manager and have not heard from your big travel management company about “proactive care” or “disruption services,” you likely will. American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel are rolling out programs now. BCD Travel has had one for three years. The details differ, but what’s behind them is the same: operational intel…

United Trying To One-Up Delta On Performance Guarantees

[UPDATE, Jan. 19, 2017: United for this year added baggage handling and carbon emissions to its performance guarantee for corporate clients. Delta also now includes baggage handling in its service commitment but United said its environmental component is an industry first. If United’s 2017 carbon emissions per available seat mile isn’t lower than both American’s and…

Airfares Are Down In Most U.S. Markets, But Some Pay More Or Get Less

Airfares around the United States generally are falling compared with last year, but exceptions include some pretty big markets. Even where prices aren’t rising, years of capacity reductions in some places mean much less choice, fewer nonstop destinations and lower overall value. This forces travel buyers to rethink their air contracting strategies. Where the loss of air service is extreme,…

Podcast 3: Pam Massey, Patrice Simon, Miriam Moscovici

On our third podcast episode, Jay Campbell interviews Pam Massey about the new and old challenges of managing travel in a non-governmental organization, and how leadership change is prompting new approaches. Pam shared tips on communication and being flexible on policy for the sake of service quality, as well as her new thinking on travel management company RFPs. Later…

AA-Delta Interlining Impact: Small But Not Insignificant

[UPDATE, Jan. 24, 2018: Delta Air Lines said it reached a new deal with American Airlines to handle customer reaccommodation during bad weather and other disruptions. “The new ticketing and baggage agreement will allow both carriers to rebook customers impacted by irregular operations on one another’s flights,” according to a Delta statement. A Delta official…

Podcast 2: Christa Degnan Manning, Norm Rose, Bhart Sarin

On our second podcast episode, David Jonas interviews Bhart Sarin about policy compliance measures, outsourcing, career development and the Global Business Travel Association. Bhart is in global procurement for food production company Ingredion. He’s also a GBTA board member. Later in the podcast, Jay Campbell joins David in a discussion with Eudemonia founder and principal analyst Christa Degnan Manning and…

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