Teleconference 3: Online Booking Tools

By | September 9, 2016

Online Booking Tools Nov. 10, 2016 Thanks to all our attendees and speakers! This event’s recording may be purchased here or gifted here for $15. Grab the slides below. Play a snippet. Highlights of Teleconference 3 included Jay Campbell’s observations of the US Airways v. Sabre trial and Upside chairman Jay Walker taking questions about his business travel proposition for small… Read More »

Teleconference 4: Cost Vs. Comfort

By | September 9, 2016

Cost Vs. Comfort Dec. 8 at 12 pm EST Thanks to all our attendees and speakers! This event’s recording may be purchased here or gifted here for $10. Grab the slides below. During Teleconference 4, Nvidia senior global travel manager Karoline Mayr, tClara managing partner Scott Gillespie and Carlson Wagonlit Travel Solutions Group vice president Christophe Renard discussed how to… Read More »

Not Steeply And Not Everywhere, Average U.S. Hotel Rates To Rise Again In 2017

By | September 7, 2016

[UPDATE, June 28, 2017: BCD Travel’s Advito suggested that hotel demand in North America “may have passed its peak.” As such, the consulting unit tweaked its average rate increase projection downward to a 2 percent to 4 percent range from 3 percent to 4 percent.] U.S. corporate hotel rates are projected to rise about 4 percent next year.… Read More »

Lufthansa Enables Direct Booking Connections With Siemens, Volkswagen

By | September 6, 2016

Lufthansa Group last week announced it is processing business travel bookings directly with Germany-based conglomerate Siemens. This week it named carmaker Volkswagen for the same. Lufthansa and Siemens on Aug. 1 began using a Lufthansa-provided connection for bookings on the group’s airlines by Germany-based travelers. Officials said other markets will follow, though specifics are not available. Data for… Read More »

New American Airlines Discount Structure Puts More Business Under Contract

By | September 1, 2016

American Airlines today revised domestic discount structures for all corporate contracts. The move addresses a competitive weakness versus Delta and United by giving accounts a price break on more airfares. AA said every client with an existing deal immediately will realize greater savings, with more spending covered by contractual terms. Discounts now apply on all published pricing, including… Read More »

Amid Growing Travel Risk Management Awareness, GBTA Upsizes Assessment Tool

By | August 29, 2016

Denver — Companies trying to manage travel risk sometimes don’t know if their efforts suffice. Once they know where they stand, there’s much to do to run a solid program. IJet International nine years ago created an assessment tool that helped many understand the first part. The Global Business Travel Association, iJet and a task force of others… Read More »

Travel Friction And The Diminishing Returns Of Cost Savings

By | August 25, 2016

Programs like Rocketrip, Upside and TripActions offer new ways for travelers to save their companies money while earning something for themselves. In some cases they earn such benefits by accepting a lower-quality travel experience. But what are the human and productivity costs of these tradeoffs? Recent studies tried to get at . . . The full article is… Read More »