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 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted September 13, 2017

Uber Asks Court To Toss Contract Suit Brought By TSI, Its Former TMC

Uber has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit its former travel management company, Dallas-based Travel Solutions International USA, filed last year. The TMC is seeking nearly $2 million in damages on contract and tort claims. Read More »
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Posted September 11, 2017

TMC Partners Mostly Warm On Concur Hipmunk Small Business Plan

In a memo to Concur's preferred travel management company partners last week, EVP of supplier and TMC services Mike Koetting called small businesses the industry's "white whale." With its new Concur Hipmunk product for unmanaged travel, Concur has sharpened its harpoon and joined plenty of would-be Captain Ahabs. Read More »
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Posted September 8, 2017

NuTravel Sells OBT, Shifts Focus To Airline Portal Business

NuTravel president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano will readily admit that the corporate booking tool business is tough, especially for a small company going toe-to-toe with a well-capitalized giant like Concur. 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 September 1, 2017

M&A Redraws Map Of Radius Travel Participation

In a "typical" year, Radius Travel adds between four and six members to its multinational network of travel management companies and sees three to five agencies depart, said Radius Travel CEO Shannon Hyland. This, it would seem, is not a typical year. Read More »
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Posted August 31, 2017

TravelBank Lands $25 Million To Grow Team, Enhance Small Business T&E Product

In a crowded crop of business travel tech providers eyeing the small business sector, TravelBank got a significant boost in capital this week, with $25 million in additional funding to add staff and further develop its T&E product. Read More »
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Posted August 28, 2017

Pana, NexTravel Each Make A Play For Non-Employee Travel

Two business travel tech startups, Pana and NexTravel, have separately launched products targeting what each sees as an underserved niche in managed travel: non-employee travelers. Read More »
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Posted August 23, 2017

AmTrav Makes Branded Fare Push In Booking Tool Refresh

In early June, AmTrav Corporate Travel launched for select customers a revamped version of its homegrown booking system and has since rolled out the new a2b tool broadly to clients, providing a refreshed user interface and reconstructed back end. Read More »
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