Tag Archives: Christopherson Business Travel

Hipmunk, TripLink Moves Revive TMC ‘Friend Or Foe’ Questions About Concur

By | March 26, 2018

Some travel management company sources are concerned about competition from SAP Concur’s Hipmunk-powered small-business offering. A new TripLink-related requirement for Concur’s preferred partners is irksome to others. It’s just another day in the alliance, ever uneasy for some, between Concur and TMCs. Whether they’re resellers or preferred partners, certain TMCs have worried about the tech company’s moves in… Read More »

Travel Manager Mobile Apps Find A Niche

By | November 15, 2017

As travel management companies race to improve traveler services via mobile apps, one concept that hasn’t exactly taken off is a travel manager interface. Still, a couple of TMCs are offering one. Christopherson Business Travel’s mobile app is entirely for program managers. It leaves the mobile traveler touchpoint to partner apps including Concur’s main app and TripIt. Egencia… Read More »

Another Travel Startup Leans On TMC Support

By | May 30, 2017

Disadvantaged relative to bigger companies that negotiate their own airfare discounts, small businesses mostly pay retail. TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung is out to change that. In a market full of business travel startups, one of his company’s angles is rebates for users. TravelBank introduced its first products in November. They are an expense app and budgeting… Read More »

Upside Enlisting Travel Management Companies To Support ‘Self-Managed’ Service

By | November 21, 2016

[UPDATE, Feb 3, 2017: We published new information related to this article here.] In the words of founder Jay Walker, Upside aims to convert unmanaged business travel to self-managed business travel. So why does the company have a website showing nine corporate travel management company partners? Currently in beta, Upside sells customized air and hotel combo packages. Travelers earn gift cards for… Read More »

American Express Global Business Travel Fee Idea Isn’t New, But Goes ‘A Step Further’

By | October 11, 2016

It’s common for travel management companies to charge extra when booking a supplier requires more work or generates less revenue. This is the basic idea behind American Express Global Business Travel’s additional $10 per transaction fee for certain airlines, revealed here on Tuesday. Sources contacted mainly by email during the past 24 hours indicated that other TMCs have not taken… Read More »

Getting Past The Travel Agent Workforce Crunch

By | September 29, 2016

Adoption of online booking technology means corporate agencies can grow without a commensurate increase in headcount. But when new travel agents are needed, especially as the retirement bubble looms, how do they find them and what competencies are they looking for? For young people considering their careers, travel isn’t as glamorous as it used to be. There are… Read More »

Unused Tickets Still Require (Micro) Management

By | September 21, 2016

Back in the day, business travelers used physical airline tickets. This helped, though did not ensure, that when non-refundable tickets went unused, credits would be applied to other trips. Then tickets went electronic, and they were more often forgotten. Managing unused ticket credits remains a pain in the a$$. And that’s company cash. So when an employee leaves… Read More »