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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.

LETTER: AmTrav CEO Offers A Path Forward For Airline Distribution

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.
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The Beat Research: Today's Corporate Travel Agent

The Beat published research this week to uncover the challenges they face, their daily demands, what motivates them, which technologies they use, how their performance is assessed and how they view their position in the market.

CTM Preps Homegrown Online Booking System For U.S. Market

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 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.

Tinkering With TMC Pricing, AmTrav Tries Freemium Hook

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.

GUEST: AmTrav's Fichtelberg On How Third-Party Tech Inhibits TMC Innovation

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.
INTERVIEW: AmTrav CEO And Co-Founder Jeff Klee

INTERVIEW: AmTrav CEO And Co-Founder Jeff Klee

AmTrav prides itself on its booking tool, which may have only "80 percent" of the "the bells and whistles" of a Concur but is "nimble" and quick to bring in nonfare airline content, said Klee, who is CEO of the travel management company and of online travel agency CheapAir.com. Klee spoke with The Beat's Jay Boehmer about bringing in new types of content, why he's not sold on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability, why AmTrav now works with Concur and how he balances supplier relationships when running an OTA alongside a TMC.

LETTERS: Two Responses On Third Parties And 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 'Paid Seats' Booking Advantage For Its OBT

AmTrav claims its corporate self-booking tool is the first to support sales of both Delta's and United's premium-economy seats.