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 »

Shutdown Of Google QPX ‘Express’ Faring Solution Shouldn’t Disrupt Corporate Travel Tech

Google revealed plans to shut down on April 10, 2018 the API for a light version of its shopping and faring service. Acquired by Google half-a-dozen years ago, ITA Software’s advanced pricing and shopping capabilities had become a go-to alternative to similar global distribution system functionality. Its standard QPX product is used by a number of travel providers including… Read More »

Travelport Expects ‘Large Majority’ Of Its BA/Iberia Bookings To Use ‘Private Channel’

Travelport expects most bookings on British Airways and Ibera to be subject to the carriers’ new private channel option. That implies lower GDS incentive income for travel management companies. Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson on Thursday morning told investors that while negotiations were ongoing, “We think a large majority of our business with International Airlines Group is going to… Read More »

Traxo Unveils Enterprise Server-Level Email Parsing To Capture Off-Channel Bookings

Travel purchasing outside of approved channels isn’t new and it may not even be a growing problem, but it’s still a problem. Traxo has been working to solve the challenge for several years. Adding to a few approaches already in the market, the company’s new Filter solution seems likely to fit the bill for many clients. Filter is more… Read More »

How Is AA Gaining Corporate Share?

American Airlines last week reported solid corporate travel sales metrics, including three consecutive quarters of growing market share. It’s accomplishing that through a variety of refreshed sales programs and products, and a larger corporate sales force. “Our new corporate sales initiatives are starting to pay off,” president Robert Isom told analysts and journalists. Reporting year-over-year improvements in third-quarter… Read More »

Rewards For Policy Compliance Are A Bad Idea, Says Rewards Program Provider

Nearly one in four corporate travel managers polled in August and September said their companies offered incentives or rewards for in-policy bookings. Perhaps it’s counterintuitive, but the head of a leading corporate travel rewards system called that “ridiculous.” “That’s way too high,” said Rocketrip founder and CEO Dan Ruch during a Thursday evening panel discussion about corporate travel policy hosted by… Read More »

Signs Point To Rising U.S. Airfares

Executives at American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are optimistic. For corporate buyers, many of whom are now in the throes of budgeting for next year, that may mean higher airfares into 2018. Determining which way airfares will move is never easy. On top of the upward and downward pressures that observers routinely watch — supply,… Read More »

Lufthansa Group: Closers Get Champagne (By 2020)

Announcing financial results today for the first nine months of this year, Lufthansa Group executives offered an update on the company’s distribution and digitization strategies. In short, it will be some time before the split from traditional distribution practices bears fruit. As it moves to a Datalex-provided platform, Lufthansa Group carrier Swiss is expected next year to begin providing more… Read More »

Uber For Business Changing Pricing, Again

Uber for Business is still trying to figure out how much to charge corporate clients. After appearing to settle on a 10 percent charge for its “premium” service, which corporate buyers told The Company Dime they didn’t really value, Fortune last month reported that the company added the fee for non-premium business users, too. This followed an August Uber… Read More »

Big T&E Fraud Cases Serve As Reminder Of The Many More Small Ones

A once prominent physician is due Dec. 4 at a medium-security prison in Otisville, N.Y., to serve a 366-day sentence for unlawfully obtaining more than half a million dollars in travel expense reimbursements. Dr. Jean-Francois “Jeff” Geschwind this summer admitted to multiple occasions of falsifying expense reports during an eight-year span ending in 2015, according to a U.S.… Read More »