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Record Memorial Day Travel Predicted

Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will …

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Consolidator Discounts: Are They Worth the Risk?

The deals seem too good to be true: round-trip first or business class airfare for far less than you’d expect to pay. They’re hard to ignore: hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars off for a cushy, lie-flat seat in the pointy-end of the airplane. But these tickets are not being sold by airlines. Instead, they are sold by third parties that …

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Delta Cuts Medallion Members Some Slack

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Members can now take advantage of “Reclaim My Status” after a change, event or important life moment has temporarily affected their travel patterns. Built from the ground up based on Member feedback, this is the latest thoughtful addition to Delta’s Medallion program. “Getting back into travel after a big change can be stressful, and this is one …

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Hyatt, Hilton Turn Away From Homesharing

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian told investors Thursday that Hyatt is unlikely to make any new plays in homesharing, a day after Hilton’s CEO said the same. Homesharing has been top of mind following Marriott International’s launch of a large-scale vacation rental platform earlier this week. Hyatt had been active in the homesharing space, investing in short-term vacation rental startups Onefinestay …

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2/3 of Travel Programs Have Had Data Breaches

Nearly 70 per cent of travel buyers say their travelers have been affected by a payment-related data breach from an outside vendor such as an airline, hotel or retailer in the past year, according to research from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with AirPlus International. The survey of 144 US corporate travel buyers also revealed that they …

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Gamification Comes of Age

For the last decade experts in the Travel industry have been telling us that gamification was the key to boosting policy and program compliance among travelers, yet no one could seem to come up with the “game” which had the secret sauce that could change employee behavior. Like many business concepts, gamification is much older than the word that describes …

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JetSuiteX Adds Seattle Flights

JetSuiteX, the company offering almost-private flights on the U.S. West Coast, will fly  between Oakland and Seattle’s Boeing Field/ King County Airport staring on July 1, the company has announced. Flights will operate three times a day, with the exception of Saturday, when there will only be two flights a day on the new route. Boeing Field (BFI) is JetSuiteX’s …

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Certify Report: Uber, Lyft Top Ride Hailing in U.S.

Uber and Lyft collected 94% of all car-related ride hailing receipts and expenses in Q1 2019, while Bird and Lime accounted for 88% of all scooter-related transactions. Certify has released its Q1 2019 SpendSmart™ Report, which aggregates receipts and expenses submitted by Certify users and highlights the most popular airline, meal, lodging, and transportation services among North American companies and …

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NYC Named Most Expensive Business Destination

The study analyzing the cost of hotel rooms and business expenses across global destinations found Swiss city Geneva is the second most expensive place to do business, while London was ranked tenth. The USA had four locations in the survey’s ten priciest places, while Switzerland also had four cities – Geneva, Zurich, Basel and Bern – ranked near the top, …

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Uber Eyes Middle East with Acquisition of Careem

Careem, a United Arab Emirates-based ride-hailing business, will be acquired by Uber via a $3.1 billion deal. The purchase price will be split between $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes, Uber said when confirming the acquisition this week. Careem has diversified from its original ride-hail business to include delivery services and a digital payments business. Uber …