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Two More Startups, One Claiming A Mobile First, Adopt ATPCO’s Airfare Star Ratings

When ATPCO last month unveiled its Next Generation Storefront, officials weren’t sure how it would work on mobile devices. Progress and opinion are mixed among three corporate travel service providers now adopting the concept. Chief executives at PSNGR1 and TravelBank expected this week to activate new displays backed by NGS. PSNGR1’s deployment covers web, mobile…

BCD Travel To Join Stampede For Small, Midmarket Business

Business travel agency entrepreneurs sometimes say they’re not competing with large travel management companies because they are not going after the large or highly managed end of the business travel market. But big TMCs are taking their clout and experience down market. Talking about categories of business travel clients can be confusing. Small, medium, large….

Airbnb ‘Integration’ Means Workarounds

When you have built a brand like Airbnb’s, the last thing you want is to become just a pipe. It’s one reason that for corporate travel entities, integrating content from the accommodation portal has been challenging. There are workarounds aplenty. Concur a year ago announced plans to integrate Airbnb with its travel booking tool. It then targeted February…

Concur Poised For Self-Booking Virtual Payment

[UPDATE, Aug. 21, 2017: Concur plans in September to run virtual payment pilots with travel management companies that have gone through a “readiness” program. In an update for TMCs, Concur indicated that they must have a relationship with Conferma and support virtual payment for both Concur Travel and offline reservations. Concur also indicated that the…

Another Travel Startup Leans On TMC Support

Disadvantaged relative to bigger companies that negotiate their own airfare discounts, small businesses mostly pay retail. TravelBank co-founder and CEO Duke Chung is out to change that. In a market full of business travel startups, one of his company’s angles is rebates for users. TravelBank introduced its first products in November. They are an expense…

Despite Published Info, Apple Pay Still Not Available For Corporate Cards

[UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.] Some travel managers and TMCs are fielding questions about when Apple Pay will be available for corporate card users, but don’t trust the website. At press time, Apple showed five institutions as providers of corporate cards supporting Apple Pay. They weren’t exactly commercial payment heavyweights, but it…

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