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Air Canada Taps Into ATPCO/SITA Exchange For NDC Compatibility

To translate its AC2U airline distribution application programming interface for an NDC world, Air Canada has turned to the NDC Exchange, jointly produced by ATPCO and SITA.

KDS Helping Companies Embrace 'Maverick' Spending

Booking and expense tool provider KDS plans in the second half of 2012 to launch a tool for managing reservations by clients’ travelers, even if they book outside approved channels.

ProcureApp Eyes Commission Collection, With An Assist From Short's

ProcureApp, a company that captures data from corporate traveler bookings on consumer websites, is working on a new application for its technology: helping corporate clients earn commissions on maverick reservations.

Southwest's Kevin Krone To Take The Hot Seat At The Beat Live

Southwest Airlines has been on quite a journey, evolving from a plucky intra-Texas airline to the domestic market's largest operator. Is it still a maverick? Vice president and chief marketing officer Kevin Krone will hear that question and many others—from The Beat's writers, readers and conference attendees—as he sits in the Hot Seat at The Beat Live.

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association.
INTERVIEW: Certares Founder And Amex GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara (With Special Guest Tom Klein)

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder And Amex GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara (With Special Guest Tom Klein)

Certares founder and American Express Global Business Travel chairman Greg O'Hara sat down with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live to talk about Amex GBT's HRG acquisition and Certares' investment approach and to share other observations on the business.

Sabre Wants to Convert, Not Just Capture, 'Open' Bookings

Concur has Open Booking. KDS has Maverick. Now, enter Sabre, which this week staked a claim in the emerging business of small-o, small-b open booking with TruTrip.

KDS Partners With ProcureApp, Launches 'Maverick' Ahead Of Schedule

Booking and expense tool provider KDS launched with immediate effect its Maverick product for flagging and capturing bookings through non-approved websites after announcing a partnership with Chicago-based start-up ProcureApp.

Phil Hammer, ProcureApp

Open Book and Flex travel has moved beyond the hype, buzz, debate, innuendos and debunks. Companies such as NEC, Google, Salesforce, Cognizant and the silent majority have moved towards execution.

KDS De-Emphasizing Open Booking Tools, Pushing 'Neo' System Into U.S. Market

Booking and expense management tool provider KDS plans to scale down investment in its open booking management products Maverick and Flex T&E in favor of its pioneering door-to-door reservations tool Neo, according to CEO Dean Forbes, who described the the open booking concept as "failure dressed up as innovation."