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Want To Hold Onto Elite Status With Your Airline? It’s Going To Cost You.

There was a moment at the height of the pandemic when rewards programs were lowering the velvet rope for more than the privileged few. According to this article by Victoria M. Walker, it’s time to prepare for the “great reset” in elite status. There’s nothing quite like getting special treatment while traveling. Think complimentary upgrades…

Emburse Data: U.S. Corporate Air Traffic Two-Thirds Recovered In Q3, Lagging Car Rental But Leading Lodging

Some suppliers are describing corporate travel demand recovery trends beyond 80 percent relative to 2019, but a cross section of the landscape based on large-client data from Emburse is not so optimistic. Emburse for the quarter ending in September found that domestic U.S. air booking volume was down 36 percent versus 2019. Total domestic air…

Tripbam Asks, Where Did All The Hotel Chainwide Discounts Go?

The biggest knock on any discount program buyers secure with hotel properties and chains is that travelers can’t access preferred rates. That wastes the negotiating effort and eliminates some expected savings. According to Tripbam, for many enterprise clients, that’s been the case this year for chainwide deals. The reasons aren’t clear.  Due to localized hotel…

It Costs $30 And Saves Lives. Why Don’t Many Hotels Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms?

Travel risk management pros vetting hotel safety often examine on-site security personnel and resources, crime rates in the surrounding areas and, more recently, hygiene protocols. Fire safety also is a big item, but requirements for carbon monoxide detectors vary across jurisdictions and hotel brands. They are not mandated for Airbnb hosts unless they’re listing in…

Marriott Opts Out Of Cvent’s Instant Booking For Meetings

Some say instant booking for small meeting space and associated guest rooms is poised to replace the request for proposals process in many instances. Cvent a year ago announced a partnership with Amadeus to develop this, but according to sources, some big chain hotel companies are not on board. They’re pushing such capabilities on their…

TravelPerk Reveals Direct Connection With Hilton, Which Claims No Agreement

[CORRECTION, Aug. 15, 2022: “There is no direct integration in place between TravelPerk and Hilton,” according to a prepared Aug. 8 statement from TravelPerk. The company apologized “for any confusion or misunderstanding” and indicated that when TravelPerk chief commercial officer JC Taunay-Bucalo said during a July phone interview that the company had a direct connection…

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