virtual payment

Amex Combines Virtual Account Numbers And Centralized Business Travel Accounts

Amid a steady flow of announcements about virtual payment in corporate travel, American Express is putting on a different spin. It has created a model that combines the single-use concept of virtual account numbers with the centralized Business Travel Account setup. Amex’s “enhanced BTA” now is available in Australia and the United Kingdom, with additional…

United States Requires Virtual Cards In Next Federal Payment Program

[UPDATE, Sept. 12, 2017: The U.S. General Services Administration announced Citibank and U.S. Bank as contractors for its SmartPay 3 program, covering purchasing, travel, fleet and integrated payment services. GSA indicated that the program would total $700 billion in transaction value during the contract term, which including extension options would run from November 2018 to…

Teleconference 2: Hotel Buying

Hotel Buying Oct. 13, 2016 On Teleconference 2, The Company Dime and expert guests examined the dynamics of the ongoing 2017 hotel rate negotiating season. ABC Global Services CEO Eric Altschul, Hilton executive director for business travel sales Maria Chevalier, Festive Road associate Lora Ellis, Anthem travel and events director Cindy Heston and HRS VP of the…

GBTA Speakers Attempt To Answer Virtual Payment’s Questions

Denver – Despite its headaches, travel management pros who use virtual payment say it’s too beneficial to pass up. Speakers here during the Global Business Travel Association convention last month raised, and attempted to answer, the many questions. Virtual payment is a popular option for travelers without corporate cards. It cuts accounting reconciliation times and…

Riot Games Coping With Corporate Travel’s Virtual Card Adolescence

Virtual cards are still a work in progress, but Riot Games travel wizard Sean Parham isn’t ready to give up on them. He’s now on his second try. The intended benefits — reduced fraud, easier reconciliation and a seamless traveler experience including an easier expense process — are just too tempting. Last year Parham pulled the…

Virtual Payment: Just (Kill) The Fax

Virtual payment remains a hot topic in managed business travel. The benefits for companies that employ non-cardholding travelers are clear. Not resolved, however, are the headaches associated with faxing card authorizations. Travel managers wonder why the hotel industry can’t get its act together. It’s not as easy as they would hope. Choice Hotels has received praise for one initiative it’s testing,…

Virtual Payment Attracts Competition In Cindy Allen’s PayForTrip

[UPDATE, Feb 3, 2017: We published new information related to this article here.] Late of Concur, Cindy Allen and Kathy Burns are looking to cash in on growing interest in the benefits of virtual cards. Their newly unveiled firm, PayForTrip, is the first startup from Allen’s Team Catalyst Holdings. Burns is PayForTrip’s chief commercial officer. PayForTrip will…

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