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Reporter’s Notebook: Digital Health Credentials, Dynamic Hotel Pricing, TMC Relationships

Read on for the latest industry discussions about digital passports, dynamic hotel pricing and TMC relationships. Providers of so-called digital health passports continue to add partnerships with airlines, airports and other entities to ease international travel. Starting with verifiable, negative Covid test results, the systems now are working to add proof of vaccination. Air transport…

Movement For Quarantine-Free U.K.-U.S. Travel Faces Tests

Business travel is an important economic enabler and New York-London is a critical business travel route. If authorities on both sides can confirm negative Covid tests by incoming travelers and limit their stays, why not exempt them from quarantine rules? Organizers of a pilot program intend to find out starting this month. A Switzerland-based nonprofit…

Buyers Welcome Delta’s New No-Hassle Name Changes On Corporate Tickets

Delta Air Lines informed corporate accounts last week that it would allow no-fee name changes on unused tickets and ease the process of applying credits to new trips. According to vice president of sales operations and development Kristen Shovlin, Delta’s new “corporate waiver” allows travel managers and their travel management companies to change names on…

Big Companies Turn To Biofuel To Help Cut Business Travel Air Emissions

It seems each new week brings another announcement about plans for sustainable aviation fuel. Several European airlines recently gave customers opportunities to get involved. Microsoft in October said it joined KLM’s corporate program that funds biofuel purchases. Separately, Dutch sustainable aviation fuel company SkyNRG around the same time began engaging companies to help develop the…

GBTA Convention Highlights Push For ‘Omni-Channel’ Airline Distribution

San Diego – Participants at last week’s Global Business Travel Association convention showed a stronger spirit of collaboration on alternative airline distribution than in years past. Notwithstanding mixed takes on the specifics, attendees and speakers reinforced the theme that corporate customers need the same sets of product and service options regardless of where they shop. New…

Aiming To Control The Offer, Delta Works To Release APIs ASAP

Delta’s public support for the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability is relatively tepid. That doesn’t mean it’s not exploring alternatives to traditional connectivity. In a Tuesday interview, officials discussed their focus on application programming interfaces and a clear desire to assume control over the “offer.” Shifting that control to airlines from global distribution…

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