An Open, Dirty And Badly Kept Secret: ‘Use The IBM Code’

Last week, a federal court sentenced a Baltimore-area former owner of a travel booking company to a year and a day in prison for operationalizing one of the oldest tricks in the corporate travel book — using IBM's rate code. It's been a half-joke in the travel industry for decades, but it's fraud, and some suppliers are trying to do something about it.

Stephen Fowlkes in August pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud charge for using IBM's rate codes to make more than 2,000 rental car bookings with Enterprise, more . . .

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Jay Campbell

Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.
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