Posted in Service Suppliers

After Pivot, Jay Walker’s Upside Travel Is Attempting To Play A Very Long Game

Online travel legend Jay Walker is putting his best spin on Upside Travel’s pivot, but it’s hard to envision which way the company will be…

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Posted in Distribution Methods Suppliers

TripBam Corrals Direct Bookings With Traxo’s Help

TripBam is growing fast. What started as a rate checking and re-shopping service now also can serve as a tool for hotel rate negotiations. Its…

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Posted in Methods Reporting

Data From Price Assurance Tools Promise Power For Buyers

Price assurance has taken root in corporate travel. TripBam and Yapta, especially, have made serious inroads. Another airfare reshopping firm, FairFly also is building a…

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Posted in Negotiating

Not Steeply And Not Everywhere, Average U.S. Hotel Rates To Rise Again In 2017

[UPDATE, June 28, 2017: BCD Travel’s Advito suggested that hotel demand in North America “may have passed its peak.” As such, the consulting unit tweaked…

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Posted in Negotiating Suppliers

Lodging 2017: Time For A New Approach?

Thanks partly to rate assurance technology and data, some buyers now are thinking about setting fire to the lodging RFP process. Or, at least, subjecting…

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Posted in Negotiating Suppliers

Hilton Swinging For The Fences?

Hotel rates come in lots of flavors. They relate to room and bed types, prepayment, nonrefundability and more. Some corporate rates are static and some…

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Posted in Distribution Methods Risk Suppliers

2015 On The Company Dime

As they work for advantage, clients, suppliers and those in between keep business travel management interesting. Changes to underlying and consumer-facing technology make it a dynamic business function. The…

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