Posted June 15, 2018

Mezi Winds Down TMC Partnerships Post Amex Acquisition

Before American Express acquired chatbot builder Mezi, three travel management companies—Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and WTMC—had partnered with the tech startup for their own message-based offerings. Five months after the payment company acquired it, Mezi has wound down work with TMCs. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2018

BA Slaps Down Agency Card Payments

The International Air Transport Association amended Resolution 890 in November to allow agents to pay carriers with cards in agencies' own names "if permitted by the airline." Such permission is not coming from the largest European carriers. Read More »
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Posted March 26, 2018

Activist Investor Takes Stake In Travelport To Explore 'Strategic Review'

Entities affiliated with activist investor Paul Singer have accumulated nearly a 12 percent position in global distribution system operator Travelport, and plan to urge a strategic review of the company and explore a potential sale of Travelport or its assets, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure filed Monday. Read More »
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Posted February 27, 2018

Supreme Court Justices Hear Amex Case, Airing Different Takes On 'Two-Sided' Competition

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether provisions in American Express' contracts with merchants are anticompetitive. The liberal wing of the court posed questions and offered statements to suggest they are. Read More »
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Posted January 30, 2018

Amex Acquires Chat Startup Mezi, Which Declares Commitment To Current TMC Clients

American Express announced Tuesday that it has acquired Mezi, a mobile travel concierge and chat-assisted booking application that won a few travel management company clients last year. Read More »
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Posted January 3, 2018

Airlines Back States In Amex Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 26 on a case involving anti-steering provisions American Express has included in contracts with merchants that accept its cards. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

IATA Airlines Agree To Lift Ban On Agency Card Payments

International Air Transport Association member airlines will collectively allow accredited travel agents to pay for tickets with their own payment cards for the first time. Read More »
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Posted September 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. Read More »
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Posted September 6, 2017

IATA Airlines Will Vote On Lifting Ban On Agency Card Payments

Travel agents accredited by the International Air Transport Association could be allowed to pay airlines using their own cards for the first time if carriers approve a significant change to the association's contentious Resolution 890. Read More »
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Posted July 5, 2017

TMC Hotel Reservations Are Among Those Compromised In Sabre Synxis Breach

Sabre has completed an investigation into the unauthorized access of its Synxis Central Reservations system, which is used by more than 36,000 hotel properties worldwide, according to a statement from the company this week. Read More »
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