Posted October 23, 2017

A Refreshed Swabiz Is In The Works After Some Neglect

Southwest Airlines plans to relaunch its Swabiz corporate booking portal late next year, now that the airline has completed a years-long effort to swap out its core passenger services system, chief revenue officer Andrew Watterson said last week during the ARC TravelConnect conference in Washington D.C. Read More »
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Posted October 20, 2017

Air France-KLM GDS Surcharge Looms

Air France and KLM are poised to introduce a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to airline and travel management company sources. Read More »
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Posted October 19, 2017

For Many, NDC Roads Lead Back To GDSs

When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more." Read More »
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Posted October 16, 2017

T&E Tech Provider Serko Sets Up Shop In The U.S.

New Zealand-based corporate T&E technology provider Serko is establishing North American operations and named former NuTravel executive Rich Miller to lead the charge as general manager of U.S. market sales. Read More »
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Posted October 13, 2017

Travel Companies Face More Uncertainty Over Data Transfers From EU

The future of standard contractual clauses, a mechanism heavily used by travel service providers and other companies to lawfully transfer European Union citizens’ data to the U.S. and other countries, has been thrown into question after a ruling by the Irish High Court. The court decided Oct. 3 to ask the European Court of Justice to review whether these clauses are valid, considering the U.S. government's less stringent treatment of personal data. Read More »
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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 »
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Posted October 10, 2017

Amadeus Facilitates TMC Deals With IAG Carriers To Waive GDS Surcharges

American Express Global Business Travel, HRG and Key Travel are among the travel management companies that will be shielded from British Airways' and Iberia's global distribution system surcharge, set to take effect Nov. 1. The fee waivers, for now, extend to bookings with Amadeus, which has facilitated TMC arrangements with International Airlines Group carriers. Read More »
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Posted October 5, 2017

The Beat Readers' Choice Awards: Delta Tops Airlines, BCD Leads TMCs

Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline, as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for six consecutive years. Read More »
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Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted September 29, 2017

Deem Gets TMC Buy-In For Hotel Attachment Offering

Deem this week named several corporate travel management companies that have deployed its Intelligent Attach product, which aims to increase the rate of hotel bookings relative to air purchases. Read More »
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