pre-trip approval

Pre-trip-approval is process requiring employee travel plans to be authorized before booking to ensure compliance with corporate travel policy.

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Reaction: Responding to Scott Gillespie’s Op Ed on how today’s corporate travel market demands “long-sighted travel policies” prioritizing value and sustainability over traditional cost-cutting, readers generally agreed with the need for change. Microsoft’s Eric Bailey echoed the goal of reducing emissions and minimizing low-value trips but suggested different methods. He recommended carbon taxes and budget…

SAP Releases Pieces Of New Concur Travel

SAP last week kicked off the rollout of its new Concur Travel experience, including support for New Distribution Capability-enabled American and United bookings through Sabre. As SAP Concur signaled in a September blog post, the updates — available only in the Professional (most configurable) edition of Concur Travel — will not immediately meet all client…

Berlin-Based Startup Tagtu Resolves To Make Business Trips More Productive

Downtime is nice, but are we getting enough done on trips? In its quest to maximize business travel productivity, one Germany-based startup is pulling from themes in pre-trip approval, return on travel investment and the pandemic- and sustainability-driven emphasis on fewer but longer excursions. Called Tagtu and founded in 2021 by business travelers from outside…

GBTA Survey Finds Email Still Rules In Travel Program Communications

One of the biggest challenges of the pandemic for organizational travel program managers is keeping up with changing information and updating travelers on what they need to know. A late summer 2021 poll released last week by the Global Business Travel Association examined travel program communications from the perspectives of more than 500 U.S.-based managed…

Tools Emerge To Help Travelers, Buyers And Bosses Decide Whether To Go Or Stay

To stay or go? To meet and how? What’s it worth? Risk calculators from academics and others are helping members of the general population make up their minds about going out and doing things. Decision fatigue applies to business development, networking and training as much as it does holiday family gatherings. If you have had…

GM Rolls Out SAP Concur Globally, Considers Pre-Trip Approval

Automaker General Motors is shooting for a “world-class travel and expense operation” after this year bringing SAP Concur’s Travel to 19 countries and Expense to 29.  While the travel management program is decades old, the $123 billion company had not quite established its travel and reimbursement processes across all markets with employees. With that and…

Travel Manager Leads Cross-Department Project To Look After Remote Workers

If you asked EPAM Systems director of global travel, expense and credit card Donna Rufo last November what kept her up at night, she would have said employees working outside their home countries without the company’s knowledge. These scenarios raise insurance, tax and immigration concerns, potentially leaving workers unsupported and employers exposed to financial and…

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