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.
AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee submitted the following letter in response to an article last week in which The Beat discussed recent developments and the evolution of airline distribution with Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson.
The number of travel management companies with homegrown online booking tools in the United States is relatively small, but Australia-based Corporate Travel Management plans to join their ranks this year with the launch of its Lightning system.
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.
This week, AmTrav enabled new clients and prospects to use its booking tool and 24/7 agent support with "instant access," no contract and no cost, said AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg.
Craig Fichtelberg, co-founder and president of Chicago-area travel management company AmTrav, discusses how an over-reliance on third-party technology and tech integration is the enemy of true travel management company innovation.
Agency Technology president Lee Brubaker and Cornerstone Information Systems CEO Mat Orrego respond to a guest column by AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg, who argued that an over-reliance on third-party technology inhibits travel management company innovation.
AmTrav claims its corporate self-booking tool is the first to support sales of both Delta's and United's premium-economy seats.