The Grey Areas Of Noncompliance

By | April 21, 2016

Policy compliance remains one of the biggest challenges for corporate travel buyers. There are lots of old and new reasons, from the practical to the psychological. Most notable is the complexity of business travel. Throw in various other factors and the notion of leakage is becoming ambiguous. If your company neither endorses nor prohibits Uber, is using the… Read More »

Hyatt’s ‘Book Direct’ Program Targets Global Distribution Systems

By | April 19, 2016

[UPDATE, May 9 2016: Hyatt reversed course on GDS participation for member rates.] Like two of its rivals before, Hyatt Hotels on Monday announced a marketing and rate program specifically for loyalty program members. The companies are attempting to neutralize online travel agencies. However, unlike Hilton and Marriott, Hyatt’s discounted rates of “up to 10 percent” off for Gold… Read More »

Big Three Airlines Add Corporate Travel Self-Service

By | April 18, 2016

[UPDATE, June 28, 2017: United Airlines next month will make available through an online portal a new set of features for corporate clients and travel agencies. A key addition is detailed data on ancillary spending. United managing director of sales resources Karen Catlin said such reports have been in beta tests with a few big customers but otherwise… Read More »

Deem To Get $34 Million In Funding; Grady Out

By | April 15, 2016

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Deem redesigned and rebranded its software suite as ‘Work Fource.’] [UPDATE, April 15, 2016: A Deem official indicated the company does not agree with the CrunchBase figure for total investment in Deem; the official did not provide a different figure.] With founder Patrick Grady out and new funding in, Deem anticipates layoffs and a narrowed product focus… Read More »

New Risk Management Firms Aim To Mainstream Real-time Tracking

By | April 13, 2016

The most common and largely practical way to locate travelers in a crisis is to look at who intended to travel to the area and ping them. Credit card swipe data is another way follow an employee’s path. Potentially even more effective, GPS-based tracking is challenged by privacy concerns and battery drain. However, a relatively new crop of… Read More »

Donald Swartz’s Principles Of TMC RFPs

By | April 11, 2016

Miami — Managing travel should generate at least 8 percent to 20 percent in reduced spending. The offsetting cost to achieve that should be 4 percent to 7 percent. Sourcing a travel management company to support all that should take seven to 21 months. Sadly, implementation fails seven out of 10 times. These are some rules of thumb… Read More »

Updates: Air Merger; NYC Room Rates; Hotel Safety

By | April 8, 2016

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click these links to jump to updates on airline consolidation, New York lodging rates, hotel safety, GBTA’s risk management tool, Uber-like air… Read More »