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With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest

[CORRECTION, Oct. 19, 2022: The original version of this article included outdated information about some Southwest Airlines leisure routes not available to Deem users via certain shopping channels. There are no longer any such restrictions.] Southwest Airlines early this year began “limited” participation in the Google ITA QPX airfare search and shopping system. Corporate online…

Reporter’s Notebook: At GBTA, New Airline Distribution Disenchants

San Diego — Education sessions at the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention last month had a few main themes, with risk, sustainability and payment getting lots of attention. Distribution also enjoyed significant airtime, but not the hotel or car rental kind. Airline distribution sessions were packed.  For many, the prevailing feeling was that the…

Op Ed: Jeff Klee On Innovation, Moats And The Corporate Travel Buyer

AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee argues that consolidation, legacy tech and outdated thinking sacrifice the industry’s greater good. Travel buyers, he asserts, must demand more innovation from providers. A few years ago Elon Musk and Warren Buffett had a pretty entertaining Twitter spat about moats – not the canal-around-the-castle kind, but the economic kind that companies…

As TMCs Work Through Staffing Challenges, Clients Envision The Counselor Of The Future

It’s a chicken-and-egg scenario as corporate travel management companies face hard decisions on staffing. When clients resume traveling, they need reliable, expert service more than ever. But with demand in doubt, how proactive can TMCs be in bringing back their people and recruiting more? It’s a question that begets more. How have agent roles been…

Google Raises The Bar On Provision Of Point-Of-Sale Emissions Data

Google Flights search results include estimated carbon emissions as of this month. Though some questioned the data and the methodology behind it, many welcomed the development as the travel industry claims a laser focus on environmental protection. Meanwhile, Serko is among the corporate booking tool providers with new point-of-sale emissions displays.  More travel managers are…

Op Ed: AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee On The (Possible) End Of Airline Distribution As We Know It

Airline distribution has been evolving, at times quickly or slowly, for decades. The potential for change has always been great. How does it look when seemingly everything is changing? AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee delivers his take. For all the talk about using the pandemic to rethink everything, it’s looking more and more like the new…

Richer Info, Tighter Integration, Acquisitions Propel Corporate Online Booking Technology

Delivering Covid-related info in the booking path is a challenge that may perpetuate outsized reliance on human support, but tech is the long-term answer. Booking tool developers hope that when corporate travelers come back in earnest, they’re pleasantly surprised by improved user experiences. Systems tap some of the same sources for Covid details that, pre-pandemic,…

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