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WhereTo Wants To Be The Large Enterprise’s Business Travel Startup

A newish company with a not-so-new travel manager, Snap Inc. may invite new corporate booking tool WhereTo to bid on its business this summer. Just being in the conversation is a boost for WhereTo, which has been working behind the scenes for a few years with a large, press-shy corporate patron. For big U.S.-based companies,…

Op Ed: Fernão Loureiro On A How To Bring Gamification To Your Travel Program

Bringing competition and rewards into travel programs is a debatable practice. Some don’t see reason enough to incentivize employees for following the rules. Others see room to drive engagement and policy compliance in a fun, employee-centric way — and save money at the same time. For those leaning toward the latter mindset, Philips Latin America…

What’s Behind The Huge Investment In TripActions?

[UPDATE, Feb. 7 2019: Delta and TripActions have reconciled with one another. More here.] It’s no longer surprising to see new entrants in the corporate travel space pull down big investments. Funding announcements for brand new and somewhat new players seem to come weekly. Still, the latest investment in TripActions was eye-popping. VC firm Andreessen Horowitz…

Rocketrip Picks Up An Advisor From A New Client

Shawn Zimmerman left Kellogg North America, where he was vice president of human resources, and joined Rocketrip as a strategic advisor. Kellogg signed on to use Rocketrip last year and began rolling it out in January. According to a Rocketrip announcement, Zimmerman implemented the business travel budgeting and rewards platform at Kellogg “to attract and…

As Acquis Consulting-Backed Startup Takes On Rocketrip, Pros Remain Divided On Rewards

Tripkicks is a new tech company focused on helping companies spend less on business travel through employee incentives. Its approach is similar to that of Rocketrip, which helped popularize the notion of behavioral change based on shared savings. Tripkicks’ largest investor is Acquis Consulting, which also is a strategic partner helping with implementation. Tripkicks CEO…

Big Clients Signal Acceptance As Rocketrip Signs General Electric, Twitter

[UPDATE, April 26, 2017: Rocketrip said Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Deem, Ovation Corporate Travel, Sabre and Travel Leaders Corporate joined Concur in its partnership program.] Rocketrip CEO Dan Ruch thinks too few travel managers are advocates for travelers. He said the profession has a policy compliance problem and lacks innovation. His new, big-name clients apparently agree…

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

[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…

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