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One Step In A Long ‘Journey,’ TripActions Wins Multinational B2B Info Specialist Informa

After seven years with Egencia, $2.3 billion U.K.-based multinational events and research company Informa is targeting February to implement TripActions for workers in 28 countries. After the well-capitalized new entrant caught the eye of Informa’s travel manager of nearly 10 years, Melissa Willock, it bested four competitors in a roughly four-month bake-off involving six divisions…


Think Covid’s Messed Up Your Travel Plans? Try Getting Into China.

Originally published on March 21, this article by Sui-Lee Wee and Keith Bradsher of The New York Times is shared here with permission as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below. Leave your partner and children behind. Quarantine for up to a month. Get inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine from China, if…

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TripActions Puts Its Millions To Work On Payment, Expense

[UPDATE, Feb. 25, 2020: TripActions announced partnerships with Comerica Bank, Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley Bank and Visa for the Liquid initiative. The program, using cards issued by Stripe, offers clients a 1.5 percent rebate, integrates with the booking process to support policy compliance and delivers unified payment and booking reports.] At the GBTA convention in…


Considering Raising More Capital, Expensify Capitalizes On Silicon Valley’s Fervor For FinTech

Expensify’s new payment product is not what comes to mind for most people when they think “corporate card.” While technically it’s a credit card, effectively it’s a debit card with the controls of a pre-paid card. It doesn’t seem to be an idea that could replace T&E cards at large companies. For small firms, it…


A Month Out, New European Payment Security Rules Are ‘A Moving Target’

Chicago — New regulations in the European Union governing payments there with locally issued cards are set to take effect next month. Part of Europe’s second Payment Services Directive, they require strong customer authentication for many types of purchases. To the relief of many in corporate travel, lodge cards and virtual cards currently are exempt….

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A Few Minutes With GoldSpring Consulting, Episode 2

Thanks for your interest in our new audio series in which we interview the industry veterans at GoldSpring Consulting about developments in travel management. In this second installment, recorded March 18, 2019, GoldSpring partner Will Tate talks to The Company Dime’s Jay Campbell about Southwest Airlines’ upcoming requirements for using credit cards online, supplier promotions…

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Canadian Travel Firms Last Year Beat Back Visa Rules Mandating Card Security Codes, Skirting Issues Southwest Bookers Could Face

[UPDATE, June 14, 2019: Starting June 17, users of Southwest Airlines’ Swabiz corporate booking portal must insert their credit card’s three- or four-digit security code. According to the airline, that includes those using a “Swabiz ghost card” (when card info wasn’t stored before June 17), those using a stored personal card (for the first purchase…