American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Flight Centre Travel Group have committed to work with Sabre to pilot "end-to-end" distribution capabilities that align with the New Distribution Capability standard. Sabre on Tuesday also named American Airlines as the first carrier to participate in tests.
A group of 15 travel management companies, including American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Egencia, signed an open letter in response to travel buyers who had urged the industry "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard and account for buyer needs.
American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection.
American Express Global Business Travel today is announcing a commercial deal with Lola to fill a product gap in the mega travel management company's product portfolio for small and midsize companies that have less complexity than typical Amex GBT clients. Lola, meanwhile, gains a large ally to boost adoption of its technology for travelers and travel program administrators in the lightly managed corporate travel sector.
American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday.
Before American Express acquired chatbot builder Mezi, three travel management companies—Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and WTMC—had partnered with the tech startup for their own message-based offerings. Five months after the payment company acquired it, Mezi has wound down work with TMCs.
Amadeus announced American Express Global Business Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel will pilot airline distribution in accordance with the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. The announcement came Wednesday, a day after competing distribution player Sabre announced its own NDC pilots with those two mega travel management companies.
Two of the world’s largest travel management companies have become one. American Express Global Business Travel Thursday completed its 410 million British pound takeover of Hogg Robinson Group to create a TMC that handles a combined $36 billion in annual transaction value. The mega of all megas now has mega integration work ahead.
The U.S. Supreme Court today decided that provisions in American Express' contracts that prevent its card-accepting merchants from steering consumers to cheaper forms of payment do not violate antitrust law.