Posted July 13, 2018

Amex GBT-HRG Acquisition Set To Close Next Week

American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday. Read More »
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Posted April 20, 2018

Amex GBT Hooks Up With Lyft For Mobile Booking, Data Capture And Promotions

American Express Global Business Travel has partnered with Lyft to extend ride-booking within the GBT mobile app, to capture data for corporate clients when rides are booked either through Lyft or GBT and to push special offers to client travelers. Read More »
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Posted April 17, 2018

Megas Mimic Amex GBT's Non-GDS Booking Fee For Clients

BCD Travel revealed details of a new worldwide fee program to handle for clients airline bookings made outside global distribution systems. BCD joins other mega travel management companies: Carlson Wagonlit Travel broadly enacted a similar initiative last month, following American Express Global Business Travel's move in 2016 to institutionalize fees for bookings that don't conform to industry booking standards. Read More »
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Posted March 9, 2018

Report: FCM Loses Big Aussie Banking Client After Billing 'Abnormalities'

National Australia Bank has withdrawn significant business from Flight Centre Travel Group-owned travel management company FCM after concluding it was being overcharged for bookings, according a report this week by Fairfax Media, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian news outlets. Read More »
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Posted February 15, 2018

Will HRG See A Counterbid? It's Possible But Not Expected, Pundits Say

Several sources discussing the pending acquisition of HRG by American Express Global Business Travel anticipate the deal to close as designed. Yet, the door is open for another player with sufficient capital and a strategic rationale to make a competing offer. Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2018

Amex GBT-HRG Deal Gets Surprising Backer In BCD Owner

At first blush, it may come as a surprise that the owner of BCD Group and the single largest shareholder of Hogg Robinson would let HRG fall into the arms of BCD Travel rival American Express Global Business Travel. But the time was right for BCD Group founder and owner John Fentener van Vlissingen to cash out. Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2018

Hogg Robinson To Sell HRG To Amex GBT, And Fraedom To Visa

Two of the world’s largest travel management companies are set to merge after American Express Global Business Travel offered up to £410 million to buy Hogg Robinson Group. Read More »
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Posted October 30, 2017

Travel Industry Weighs Its Own GDPR-Compliant Code Of Conduct

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 2018, encourages industry segments to draw up codes of conduct to govern how relevant businesses could apply the regulation. Will a code of conduct emerge for travel? Read More »
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Posted October 12, 2017
Mike Qualantone

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT EVP Mike Qualantone Talks IAG Deal

British Airways and Iberia are asserting more control over which agencies can secure, via global distribution systems, full fare content and waivers of their booking surcharge, which will take effect next month. American Express Global Business Travel is among the travel management companies that have entered into a new arrangement with the International Airlines Group airlines to waive the surcharge, assure sustained access to fares and inventory and, via the GDS channel, set the course for upgraded connectivity. Amex GBT EVP of global supplier relations Mike Qualantone caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss IAG's distribution model. Read More »
Posted October 12, 2017

Amex GBT Eyes Integrated T&E Play But Has To Sit On Expense Sidelines For Now

Well before it acquired KDS, American Express Global Business Travel set its sights on offering its own proprietary booking technology. Last year's acquisition of KDS brought booking tech to Amex GBT and a wholly owned expense system to boot. An integrated T&E technology offering from the mega travel management company is on the horizon, CEO Doug Anderson said last week during The Beat Live conference, but for now, GBT has to sit on the expense sidelines. Read More »
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