Posted July 17, 2017

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2017

LETTERS: ATPCO, BCD Travel And Pass Consulting Write In

ATPCO product strategy manager 
David Smith and Pass Consulting Group CEO Michael Strauss separately submit letters about the complexities of airline content aggregation. BCD Travel execs share thoughts on the Sabre Synxis breach. Read More »
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Posted July 11, 2017
Mike Kubasik

INTERVIEW: Travel And Transport Chief Information Officer Mike Kubasik

Travel and Transport chief information officer Mike Kubasik spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about mobile strategy, its mobile patent and API connectivity with travel suppliers through the Dash Mobile app. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
Posted July 6, 2017

Casto Bets On Subscription Pricing, Bot Interactions For Traveler-Centric Proposition

Casto Travel CEO Marc Casto is over the transaction-based model that has dominated travel management company pricing for so long. Like a few other advocates for a shift, including AmTrav Corporate Travel and Executive Travel, he is attracted to a per-traveler, per-month "membership" model. 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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Posted June 30, 2017

TMCs Weigh Options On American's Distribution Model

Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but. Read More »
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Posted June 29, 2017

Sabre Opens API Access For Sabre Red; GetThere And TripCase To Follow

Sabre is opening developer access to the application programming interfaces that underlie its Sabre Red Workspace agent desktop. This will let third-party developers and Sabre subscribers customize its off-the-shelf desktop or create their own agent desktops. Sabre plans to take a similar approach with its TripCase itinerary management mobile app and GetThere corporate booking tool, though those time lines are not yet firm. Read More »
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Posted June 27, 2017

Concur Leans On Travelfusion For Airline NDC Connections

Concur has established its own direct connections to a few airlines so bookers can access content not readily available through global distribution systems. However, the SAP-owned T&E giant now is leaning on aggregator Travelfusion to hook up with carriers using the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, Concur SVP of supplier services Charlie Sultan said last week during a panel at an American Airlines NDC summit in Dallas. Read More »
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Posted June 23, 2017 - Dallas

American Lures Agencies To Adopt NDC Connections With Content And Cash

In front of an audience of travel agency partners, distributors and travel tech providers here today, American Airlines is announcing a program that seeks agency buy-in to its New Distribution Capability-based distribution strategy. The optional program entices agencies to adopt NDC-based distribution methods with the promise of financial incentives, new servicing functionality and enhanced fare and ancillary content. Read More »
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Posted June 15, 2017

Mega TMCs Tout Social Responsibility Cred With Ecovadis Ratings

Last August, BCD Travel announced it was the first travel management company to reach an Ecovadis gold rating, recognizing its corporate social responsibility credentials. This April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel announced its own Ecovadis rating went from silver to gold. American Express Global Business Travel, meanwhile, reached silver this year. Read More »
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