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Avis Budget Cracks Down On Illicit Use Of Discount Codes

Travelers taking advantage of rates negotiated by companies they don’t work for is one of the oldest tricks in the book. With car rental rates rising amid recovering demand and limited inventory, Avis Budget is telling customers they must prove they are entitled to discounted rates by producing verification of their employer. Small businesses must…

Op Ed: Mark Bresnahan On Commonsense, Absolutism And ‘Negativo’ In International Travel

Domestic corporate travel is showing a slow and steady rebound; international not so much. According to Prime Numbers Technology, its roughly 5,000 corporate accounts together booked 90 percent fewer international air tickets in April 2021 compared with April 2019. Hotel stays and car rentals for international trips were off by 93 percent and 83 percent,…

Client Fees As A Percentage Of The Airfare? National Travel Is Trying It

National Travel’s Ted Lawson has read the industry headlines and considered the arguments. His 40-plus years in travel management (after seven in air travel and lodging) and focus on customer service tell him that it’s time for a somewhat retro client pricing model: 3.x percent of the airfare. The x depends on online adoption. “This…

World Travel Inc. Partners With Rome-Based Tech Firm For Reporting Chatbot

Few things jazz up Rock Blanco more than new platforms, which helps him stay cool in the face of trial and error. Such is the World Travel Inc. chief innovation officer’s relationship with Alexa, whom he had to dump for a friendlier dance partner. Now, World Travel is working with Rome-based Askdata on a conversational…

Travel Incorporated’s Voice Data Solution Nears Launch As Other Developers Show Mixed Enthusiasm

Georgia-based Travel Incorporated expects later this month to publish its voice-response assistant on Amazon’s Alexa Skills store. The product remained in the design stage for nearly two years as the travel management company learned how users interacted. Some other providers that built natural language technology reported tepid interest. It was an interactive storyboard concept that solved…

How Good Is Apple’s Deal With United? Here Are Some Benchmarks

It’s tempting to try to ascertain Apple’s discount on business class airfares between San Francisco and Shanghai after this month’s leak of United Airlines client information. The info wasn’t detailed enough to draw firm conclusions, but industry providers can offer some context. According to banners posted at a United staff event, Apple purchases 50 business class seast per day…

New Southwest Revenue Management Tactics Put Upward Pressure On Fares

Southwest Airlines is using new revenue management tools in a fight against lower-cost competition. For travel buyers, the impact could be fewer low airfares from Southwest and, in turn, its big three U.S. rivals. Already there are signs pointing to fare hikes during the second half of this year. Fuel prices are up, prompting some airlines…

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