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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 8, 2017

Amex GBT Uses KDS Tech To Get At Non-GDS Content

American Express Global Business Travel is making use of aggregation technology it acquired from KDS last year to bring in content that does not reside in global distribution systems, beginning with hotels. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 6, 2016

Just How Big Is Concur Travel Anyway?

It was 10 years ago when Concur entered the corporate booking market with the acquisition of Outtask. Since then, it has established itself not only as the dominant expense system in the United States but also the most-used corporate booking tool by several measures. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 30, 2016
Evan Konwiser

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT's Evan Konwiser Talks KDS Deal

American Express Global Business Travel announced an agreement to purchase booking and expense provider KDS. Amex GBT vice president of the digital traveler Evan Konwiser discussed the deal with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
Posted August 30, 2016

Amex GBT To Buy KDS In Pursuit Of 'End-to-End Experience'

American Express Global Business Travel agreed to acquire France-based booking and expense provider KDS. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the mega travel management company expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted March 8, 2016

KDS Taps Into Lufthansa's Not-So-Direct Connection

While happy in principle to connect to Lufthansa outside the global distribution systems, KDS is struggling with the airline’s chosen modus operandi. KDS contended that the phrase "direct connect" is something of a misnomer. Read More »
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Posted July 1, 2015

Mundi Booking Trio Acting Like A Party Of Two As KDS Carves Own Path

In 2012, three regionally dispersed booking tool providers banded together to take on what they called the "global" competitive set. The Mundi Global Alliance—United States-based nuTravel, France's KDS and New Zealand's Serko—formed to share sales leads, provide multinational client support and integrate technology, data and content. Now, as KDS pursues its own path, especially in the United States, the alliance is acting more like a party of two, based on characterizations by nuTravel and Serko. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted June 12, 2015

KDS Launches Personalized Search, Content Hub For Neo

Paris – Travel and expense management company KDS announced several changes and enhancements for its Neo door-to-door booking tool during the company’s annual conference here, including personalized search results, a content hub and an upcoming mobile app. Read More »
Posted by: JoAnn DeLuna | More by JoAnn DeLuna
Posted November 14, 2014

KDS: Service Enhancements, Innovation Will Win Over The United States

To "win the hearts and minds" of the North American market, travel booking and expense management provider KDS is taking an unconventional approach to growing its business, CEO Dean Forbes last month told The Beat. Read More »
Posted by: JoAnn DeLuna | More by JoAnn DeLuna
Posted October 1, 2014

On Concur's Acquisition

Since the announcement I have been asked to comment on what this means for the T&E industry, KDS and Concur. So far I have resisted officially commenting for a variety of reasons, but feel now that the dust has begun to settle it’s appropriate to respond in one shot to the many requests. Read More »
Posted by: Dean Forbes | More by Dean Forbes
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