Notebook: Travel Buyers Discuss Booking Channel Policy Flavors And Tradeoffs

Asked how corporate travel buyers should deal with fares found outside preferred booking channels, Cisco senior global procurement service leader for travel and card Carlos Almendros said, “You’ll get a different answer for every buyer.” Travel managers also speaking at the Global Business Travel Association convention last month supported the variety of approaches and considered…

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[CORRECTION, Aug. 11: The last line of this Dispatch was updated to eliminate an inaccurate description. AmTrav’s findings are that American Airlines’ NDC fares beat the GDS fares “33 percent of the time for Main Cabin and 93 percent of the time for Main Cabin Flexible.”] Last month, United Airlines chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella…

Traxo Posts Free NDC Resource

Traxo published a free NDC Tracker to help corporate travel managers stay updated on airline NDC program developments. At the moment, it lists 67 carriers in varying states of evolution. Pulling from airlines, ARC, IATA, news sites and other sources, the tracker provides deadlines and program status info to help corporate travel programs adapt to…

Elevance Applies Traxo To ‘Tame’ Real-Time Hotel Rate Audits

Traxo made a name for itself as a fix for program leakage using email parsing. But when Elevance director of travel and events Cindy Heston brought in Traxo, she had a different sort of data-capture use case in mind: real-time hotel rate audits. Elevance, a $157 billion health insurance company with over 100,000 employees, always…

Airline Website Booking For Managed Travel Is One Way To Go

San Diego — Stanford University about two years ago enabled contracted United Airlines rates delivered on the carrier’s website to registered travelers who indicate they’re planning a work trip. Whether a burgeoning model or just another tool in the kit, the program is a work in progress, according to Stanford travel relationship manager Janet Wyer….

As Off-Channel Capture Solutions Evolve, Demand For Policy Compliance Grows

The latest research shows that as an outcome of the pandemic, more companies will expect employees to make reservations with their designated travel management companies. This makes sense for duty of care, spend management and carbon tracking. Meanwhile, providers of third-party solutions that help capture most of what isn’t booked in-channel continue to add capabilities….

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