Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to roll out flight booking capabilities on its CWT To Go mobile app in the second half of the year, CEO Kurt Ekert said. Already, mobile flight booking is testing with clients in what Ekert called an "aggressive pilot phase."
Sabre is opening developer access to the application programming interfaces that underlie its Sabre Red Workspace agent desktop. This will let third-party developers and Sabre subscribers customize its off-the-shelf desktop or create their own agent desktops. Sabre plans to take a similar approach with its TripCase itinerary management mobile app and GetThere corporate booking tool, though those time lines are not yet firm.
Sabre will sunset Prism Group's Avion travel management software product at the end of the year.
New Zealand-based corporate T&E tech provider Serko is bringing on corporate travel vet Tony D'Astolfo to lead its push in the U.S. and Canada. D'Astolfo left another T&E tech provider, Deem, three months ago. Effective April 16, he'll be SVP of North America for Serko, which is publicly traded on the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
Even if plenty of managed travel professionals reject the concept, players that incentivize corporate travelers to beat trip budgets have gained investors, partners and some user acceptance. The latest to market is Tripkicks, which was founded this year with backing from Acquis Consulting to set trip budgets and offer monetary rewards to managed travelers who come in under budget.
It was 10 years ago when Concur entered the corporate booking market with the acquisition of Outtask. Since then, it has established itself not only as the dominant expense system in the United States but also the most-used corporate booking tool by several measures.
Business travel entrant Upside last week revealed in a mobile app update that Southwest Airlines bookings "are now available for work travel." Southwest's testing with Upside is "very early days," said Dave Harvey, the carrier's managing director of business development.
Sabre has Concur in its sights as it pulls together a mobile-focused corporate offering that brings GetThere's booking capabilities into TripCase, folds in virtual payment capabilities, widens the door to third-party developers, provides deeper ties to expense partners and puts it all in what the company calls a "consumer-grade" wrapper.
With new funding, a few recent hires and a name change, Lumo, formerly Flightsayer, is drumming up interest among travel management companies for its data service that predicts flight delays before they occur.