Price Assurance Firms Go Global, Add Features

Price assurance remains an active area of development for corporate travel. Madrid-based Trappit now is challenging Yapta on the global stage for airfares. It’s got a hotel product in the works, too. Hotel-only provider TripBam, meanwhile, rolled out some significant enhancements during the past few weeks. The basic idea is to continually check already-purchased seats or rooms against newly published rates, and cancel/rebook if appropriate. There are… Read More »

What To Know About The Chip Card Shift

A liability shift in October will transfer responsibility for covering U.S. card payment fraud to the party with less secure payment technology. Cards with chips are considered safer because they generate a unique code for each transaction, making counterfeiting seemingly impossible. Merchant locations without terminals capable of reading chip cards will be on the hook when fraud occurs.… Read More »

Despite Published Info, Apple Pay Still Not Available For Corporate Cards

[UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.] Some travel managers and TMCs are fielding questions about when Apple Pay will be available for corporate card users, but don’t trust the website. At press time, Apple showed five institutions as providers of corporate cards supporting Apple Pay. They weren’t exactly commercial payment heavyweights, but it appeared to be… Read More »

Digging Deeper For Fare Bundles

JetBlue last week began selling bundled fares in a new three-tier structure. The content is accessible in global distribution systems, but most corporate self-booking tools don’t yet fully display the options. AmTrav last week claimed its homegrown booking tool was first. Hooking up the new content isn’t about connecting to an API or building an alternative mechanism, said AmTrav CEO… Read More »

Airbnb Plans Better-Curated Business Listings

Airbnb has set up a pilot program in San Francisco to “help hosts tailor their listings to business travelers.” It’s now gathering “business-ready” property information. Among the qualifications, the property must be listed in its entirety, keys must be available at all hours on check-in day, pets and smoking are not allowed and the host must have accepted at least three… Read More »

Coupa, Chrome River Bag Millions

June was a huge month for two of Concur’s California-based competitors. Coupa raised $80 million at a valuation of $1 billion. Chrome River picked up $100 million, declining to disclose its assessed worth. Enterprise tech is attracting venture capital as established and new providers exploit mobile and cloud technology. The moves also reflect a competitive expense management software marketplace following SAP’s $8… Read More »

New United Reports Promise More Accurate Emissions Data

[UPDATE, Feb 3, 2017: We published new information related to this article here.] The U.S. government appears poised to recognize that airplanes cause air pollution. Airlines already know this. They’ve done a lot to mitigate the impact. To help corporate clients with theirs, United Airlines this year created custom emissions reports and carbon offset options. Delta and JetBlue… Read More »

Expensify’s Fighting Words Are Not Just For Concur

Expensify CEO David Barrett likes dissing corporate booking tools, and seems to consider travel management his competition. He proudly opines that expense will “eat” corporate travel. Expensify for the most part has ignored traditional enterprise sales as it targets the end user with its expense app. Popular with startups and “unicorns,” Expensify recently signed Yahoo and its 12,000 users, showing a desire to move up market. That means… Read More »

With Its Replacement Under Consideration, Old Defense Travel System Gets New Lodging Capability

[UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.] The U.S. Department of Defense on June 15 started what may become its first centralized lodging program. The initiative includes new booking policies and modifications to the much-maligned Defense Travel System. Even as DoD looks to upgrade or replace the aging DTS, it’s just now adding the capability to book government-owned lodging… Read More »

Sabre Claims Lead In ‘Early Days’ For Itinerary Apps

TripCase, TripIt and WorldMate have been the granddaddies of itinerary apps since the App Store’s infancy. Using WorldMate’s API for email parsing and its GDS for agency synchronization, Sabre claims the lead with 30 million TripCase itineraries managed last year. “It’s early days,” said Sabre senior vice president for traveler solutions John Samuel. “This is a new space and we’re all experimenting… Read More »