Deem To Push Hotel, Ground Attachment With Mobile Messaging Service

By | August 8, 2018

Deem is working on mobile messaging to remind travelers to book hotels and ground transportation if they didn’t do so when making an airline reservation. The company plans to make it available through Apple iOS and Google Android messaging applications starting in the fourth quarter. Deem will expand the service in 2019 to cover flight changes and dining.… Read More »

Blockskye Tests Blockchain Payment, Settlement And Reporting With ARC, Unnamed Airline

By | August 8, 2018

Blockchain startup Blockskye is running a proof of concept with the Airlines Reporting Corp. and also working with an unnamed airline and Fortune 100 corporate account to build a robust direct-booking and payment program. Blockchain would not enable fare shopping or make bookings. The carrier’s website would handle those computing-intensive processes. Rather, Blockskye would run some of the associated… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel Join Amadeus NDC Program

By | August 8, 2018

American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel partnered with Amadeus for its NDC-X program. The two global travel management companies will work with the global distribution system provider to test usage of New Distribution Capability-enabled connections. “This will help GBT prepare to implement the industrialized version of the solution, which will include servicing capabilities, in 2019,” according to… Read More »

Sabre Signs AA, American Express GBT, CWT And Flight Centre To Build Out NDC Workflows

By | August 7, 2018

American Airlines, American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Flight Centre Travel Group joined with Sabre to develop, integrate and test New Distribution Capability-enabled offers and orders. Under the program, called Beyond NDC, these launch partners and Sabre would seek to integrate NDC with the “retailing, distribution and fulfillment systems that support the travel ecosystem,” according to a… Read More »

United Names Cefolia To Replace Hilfman

By | August 6, 2018

United Airlines named Jake Cefolia senior vice president of worldwide sales, taking over for the retiring Dave Hilfman. Hilfman will continue to advise United through the end of the year. Cefolia has been with United since 2007, most recently as VP of sales for the Americas. Before joining United, he held various sales leadership roles at Northwest Airlines and British… Read More »

Son Of Travel Leaders Network President Aims To Profit From Travel Agency Acquisitions

By | August 6, 2018

There’s a new roll-up in town. Besides a presence on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube — and a “Sell Your Agency” button on its website — it’s trying to be stealth. Alpharetta, Ga.-based private equity firm Travel Equity Partners lists as its CEO and managing partner Jason Block, who is the son of Travel Leaders Network president Roger… Read More »

UATP To Enable U.S. TMCs As Issuers

By | August 3, 2018

UATP for the first time will allow travel management companies to issue their own payment accounts. The program is starting in the United States as a means to accelerate UATP’s growth in the market. The payment network expects to announce the first TMC issuers later this quarter or next. UATP is a payment plan created and owned by… Read More »