Tag Archives: cancellation

New Hotel Cancel Policies Not ‘Fine’ By Customers, But Greater Negotiated Value Offers Silver Lining

The reception to some hotel chains’ new 48-hour cancellation rules has been “perfectly fine,” according to Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta. “Nobody likes incremental restrictions on the flexibility of reservations, but I think most customers understand that we’ve got a need to manage our inventory and avoid walking people,” said Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson. “As a consequence, the response… Read More »

Marriott’s 48-Hour Cancellation Policy To Affect 2018 Rate Negotiations

[UPDATE, July 26, 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group’s new cancellation policy will be more lenient than Marriott’s and Starwood’s, allowing guests to cancel reservations without penalty up to 24 hours in advance. A spokesperson confirmed the change will first affect Europe, beginning July 28, followed by the Americas on Aug. 4. Properties in Asia (excluding China where policies aren’t… Read More »

Next Time, Avoid The Snow Disruption

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Rebooking service Freebird announced reseller deals with Altour, Options Travel, Safe Harbors Business Travel, Short’s Travel Management, Travel and Transport and Upside Travel. It also picked up additional funding from venture capital firms General Catalyst and Accomplice, and named industry vet Ellen Keszler as another advisor and investor.] Did today’s blizzard in the Northeast wreck… Read More »

Hilton Ends Test Of Seven-Day Cancellation Rates

For those who found Hilton’s restrictive “flexible” rates problematic, there’s some good news. A Hilton official confirmed the hotel company ended a test of those rates. But don’t be surprised if you see them again. Like Basic Economy airfares, these kinds of hotel rates aren’t suited for corporate travel. Some program managers would rather not include them in booking… Read More »

Stats Show Outage Won’t Cause Corporate Payouts Under Delta Guarantee

Delta Air Lines’ operational woes this week appear to be behind it, but financial ramifications still need tallying. The airline’s clients wonder if compensation for their organizations will be part of that. FlightStats data seem to indicate that the answer for now would be no. The U.S. airline industry has envied Delta’s operation for years. The emboldened airline… Read More »

Is There Money Hiding In Your Email?

BCD Travel is working with undisclosed partners to help clients process compensation claims when airlines fail to meet regulatory standards for service. European Commission Regulation 261/2004 calls for varying payouts on cancellations, long delays or involuntary denied boarding. The new BCD program applies to travel to, within and (on EU carriers) from Europe. It’s available to clients there but the… Read More »

United Trying To One-Up Delta On Performance Guarantees

[UPDATE, Jan. 19, 2017: United for this year added baggage handling and carbon emissions to its performance guarantee for corporate clients. Delta also now includes baggage handling in its service commitment but United said its environmental component is an industry first. If United’s 2017 carbon emissions per available seat mile isn’t lower than both American’s and Delta’s, it will… Read More »

Clients Like Delta’s Performance Guarantee, But It’s Only A Start

Delta’s been on a roll during the past few years, and now it’s pressing the advantage. The airline will compensate well-performing corporate accounts when on-time performance and completion factor are worse than both American’s and United’s after a full calendar year. Because Delta has been running a tight ship, it’s not a very risky move. Travel managers like it and they, too, have nothing to lose.… Read More »

Airlines Ease Disruptions With New Systems, TMC Processes

With parts of the United States finally thawed after another nasty winter, weary travelers can breathe a little easier. But cancellations are something airlines think about year-round. To better reaccommodate disrupted passengers, they are employing the next generation of internal automated rebooking systems and new processes for travel management companies. Some airlines at first sought to rebook as many passengers as possible… Read More »