Posted May 22, 2018

Corporate Travel Incentivization Attracts Startup Funding But Mixed Reactions From Travel Pros

Tech companies that help travel programs incentivize employees to book at lower prices have been attracting fresh funding. TripActions announced $51 million of Series B financing in March, and Rocketrip won $15 million of Series C financing in April. Those follow TravelBank's $25 million Series B funding last year for its travel booking and expense technology that also promotes a rewards program for travelers who beat budgets. 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 May 16, 2018

WhereTo Gets Funding To Chase Large Corporates With Booking, TMC Service

WhereTo began as a leisure startup that helped would-be vacationers decide where to travel based on air and hotel budgets. When founder and CEO Ryan Wenger demoed the concept at South by Southwest a couple years ago, it caught the eye of a travel buyer from a large corporation. That's when everything changed. Read More »
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Posted May 14, 2018

GDPR: The Questions That Matter Now For Corporate Travel

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, and its writ extends globally to any business handling the personal data of EU citizens. As in other commercial sectors, companies in corporate travel are trying to understand the precise implications for how they operate, how they must comply, the cost of compliance and whether they even need to take notice. Read More »
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Posted May 9, 2018

Who Pays? NDC's Evolution Can't Shake The Question

Who foots the bill for the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability? The question has elicited plenty of debate at recent industry events but little clarity. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted May 1, 2018

Sabre Raises Full-Year Outlook As GDS Bookings Start Strong

Sabre reported strong bookings growth across its global distribution system business for the first three months of the year and expects the trend to continue through 2018. The GDS operator and travel IT company raised its full-year earnings, revenue and GDS booking volume forecast, lifted in part by what executives, during an earnings conference call, painted as a healthy travel industry backdrop. Read More »
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Posted April 26, 2018

Lumo Sees TMC Interest, Use Cases For Flight-Disruption Predictions

With new funding, a few recent hires and a name change, Lumo, formerly Flightsayer, is drumming up interest among travel management companies for its data service that predicts flight delays before they occur. Read More »
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Posted April 25, 2018

Travel Leaders 'Me Too' Case Could Go Class Action

When a former Travel Leaders Group executive filed suit against the company on claims related to the U.S. Equal Pay Act, sexual harassment, negligence and defamation, she positioned herself as "just one female employee of many others similarly situated." Her complaint noted that other "me too" examples could emerge. According to a filing last week, the plaintiff anticipates "additional parties in this action" and stated there is "the possibility that this matter may evolve into a class action." 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 19, 2018

Sabre: Airlines Need To Address Gaps In NDC APIs

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative is treading a path to critical mass. Each of the global distribution system operators is supporting that endeavor and working to adapt airlines' NDC-based application programming interfaces into their environments. Read More »
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