Data Insights

Retro Rebates Hang On As Post-Pandemic Legacy For Southwest Customers

Southwest Airlines has always done things differently, but lately, it’s been embracing industry norms in the corporate market. It’s participating in more distribution channels and fielding a bigger sales team. It offers a basket of options for corporate dealmaking, including at least one throwback idea: back-end rebates. Those may be instead of or in addition…

Dispatch 10

As American Airlines all but dismantles corporate sales, airline industry pundits scrutinized AA’s latest arguments about going small and emphasizing competitiveness via network and loyalty. The strategy illustrates diversification among big airlines that adds to these challenging times for corporate travel buyers. Chief commercial officer Vasu Raja on March 4 told Wall Street analysts that…

What Matters When Choosing A Corporate Travel Consultant

Consulting services for corporate travel program management are popping up everywhere. Even suppliers like Delta Air Lines and Mastercard are ready to help. Incumbents include special divisions of travel management companies, individuals, boutique firms and some of the world’s largest consultancies. How does an organization choose? Primarily, it’s about how well the consultant’s subject matter…

Raja’s Blend: American Concocts Corporate Travel Story

“Blended” travel at American Airlines is trending down and approaching its historical level, potentially undermining one element of a narrative about why the company changed just about everything it does with the managed corporate travel market. Some of its arguments about how the market has changed met with skepticism. That doesn’t mean it’s going to…

If Corporate Travel Data Is ‘Awful,’ Here’s Why

“As we all know,” said S&P Global director of global travel and meetings Ann Dery, “TMC data is horrendously awful.” Dery’s comment at the Global Business Travel Association convention in August elicited faux disbelief from co-panelist Steve Sitto, senior group manager for global travel, events and mobility supply chain at Tesla.  They elaborated.  “I don’t…

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