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How Cost Effective Is Your Travel Program?

Are your travelers getting the lowest airfares, hotel room rates and car rental rates available? What about overall cost effectiveness? Have you maximized your potential for cost reduction? There could be thousands of dollars in savings just waiting to be realized. Below is a quick checklist to see where you might find additional savings: Small and Medium Size Accounts: For …

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Airbnb to Officially Add Hotels

Airbnb has announced it will allow hotels and other accommodation providers to list on the site for the first time through an official third party distribution network. Hotels and B&Bs have listed on Airbnb in the past but have done so independently and not through a large third party distribution service. SiteMinder will be the first platform to act as …

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Eurostar Launches London-Amsterdam Service

Eurostar has announced a new direct route from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which will launch on April 4. Tickets will go on sale from February 20, with the inaugural service taking place on the same day. The route travels direct from St Pancras station to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in around three hours. There will be two trains per day …

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Sixt Wants to be the Uber-Uber

The European German car rental giant Sixt is considering bundling various mobility services after breaking up with BMW’s DriveNow. The Hertz rival would combine rental, ride-hailing and car-sharing, a board member told Handelsblatt. An executive at the company revealed plans to create an “integrated product” that would combine several mobility services. In an interview with Handelsblatt, Alexander Sixt said the …

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Korean Air Flying High with New Terminal

With a new terminal for its operations in Seoul and final approval nearing for its joint venture with Delta, Korean Air hopes to win a significant new chunk of U.S. corporate business travel share this year. In January, South Korea’s Incheon International Airport began service out of its new 7.4 million square-foot Terminal 2, which is serving Korean Air and …

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Merging Travel Programs

One of the more challenging situations for travel buyers is when their organization is growing through a merger or acquisition, which means that suddenly there can be a multitude of different travel policies, programs and suppliers for a buyer to try to consolidate. “Just because your company has taken over another firm, that doesn’t mean you should just impose your …

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Facial Scans of Air Travelers Trigger Controversy

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to expand the use of facial recognition cameras at U.S. airports, and as more airlines test the technology at boarding gates, a new report has cast doubt on the effectiveness and legitimacy of the entire project. DHS is already using biometric facial scanning of some travelers departing the U.S. at several airports, including …

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More Transatlantic Service to Midsize U.S. Cities

Boosted by the rise of transatlantic low-cost carriers and spurred on by more fuel-efficient aircraft and the ever-expanding market for international air travel, European carriers have ventured increasingly into midsize U.S. cities in recent years. In early January, when Icelandair announced that this summer it would become the first airline to fly nonstop from Kansas City to Europe, it marked …

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Lyft Concierge Opens Up to More Business

Lyft is expanding its Concierge program – the service that allows organizations to schedule rides for other people – to more business travel customers. First announced in 2016, the service was originally designed to help patients get to medical appointments, particularly in areas where they may not have a car of their own, like New York, where more than half …

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How Hotel Pricing is Expected to Change in 2018

2018 is predicted to be a year of transformation in the hotel industry. There are a multitude of changes coming down the pipeline, with many coming at a cost. However, these innovations aren’t necessarily bad for your business or traveling employees.  Hotel prices are expected to rise, but visitors are going to receive an enhanced experience in return. Your business travel agency can fill you in on the cost of these added amenities. Every …