Trondent Tries To Improve Pre-Trip Approval

One view of pre-trip approval is that it’s a critical tool for controlling travel spending and employee movements. Another says it’s red tape. Some see it as both.

A key question for program managers interested in pre-trip approval is whether to go with an active or passive approach. Active approval means that the approving manager must approve the travel request, or it won't go through. In a passive setup, a traveler's booking will go through unless an approving manager stops it . . .

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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My issue with pre-trip approval schemes in the past (when it was primarily cost control) is that 99 percent of the time trips are approved. Employees have their excuse for travel well thought-out in advance. In a Covid-19 “new normal” your typical approving manager is going to use the business need for travel to approve or not and won’t be an expert on the risk protocols of a specific destination. Is anyone playing with the workflow of these approvals routing through travel or security for guidance prior to moving to the manager approval level?