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Continuous Sourcing: Shaking Up Procurement

The way in which corporations select their travel partners is changing. Sourcing air, hotel and car rental travel, traditionally undertaken through an annual RFP, can take three months and cost thousands in lost productivity. No wonder travel managers are looking at alternatives. Contemporary sourcing is quicker, using real-time and predictive data for decision-making in partnerships…

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Back Taxes Can Jeopardize Your Passport

The IRS has reiterated its warning that taxpayers may not be able to renew their passports or get a new one if they owe $52,000 or more in federal taxes. In January of last year, the IRS began implementing new procedures for individuals with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” The change in the law came in…

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Aloha Reckoning

In April 2018, a spring storm crept up on Kauai’s north shore, dumping record rainfall that generated flash floods that swept away homes, bridges, roads and crops. Most of the Garden Isle was unaffected, and Kauai went on to set a record for visitation for the ninth consecutive year. But traffic in the bucolic north…

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Ancillaries: Keeping Track of Extras

Once upon a time, when you booked an airline ticket, that was it. Your seat, your bag, your in-flight meal and entertainment – everything was included, whether you took advantage of the option or not. Not anymore. Ancillary services – primarily, though by no means exclusively, charging for bags and seats – is big business…

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Consolidating Meeting and Business Travel

At many companies, different departments oversee the planning of small offsite meetings and the procurement and booking processes for corporate business travel. In addition, small events are often charged on corporate credit cards, and the expensing is categorized under general travel and entertainment, rather than business development. That discrepancy causes inefficiencies, including a lack of transparency…

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Jack and Ferdi: The App for Bleisure Travelers

While business travel is almost always a good thing for businesses, it can sometimes be a cause of concern for travelers. The more you travel for business, the more likely you can become stressed, unhealthy and lose motivation for your job. That is why the trend of bleisure travel (a trip that combines business and…

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A Bigger, Better 777

It’s been a while since Boeing introduced a new aircraft design rather than size variations on existing models. But that will change soon as the manufacturer is on track to start test flights this spring of its newer, wider 777X aircraft. The 777X is the next generation of Boeing’s 777 aircraft, which comes in two…

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Playing the Loyalty Points Game

Frequent flyer programs have long been the bane of travel managers’ lives. The ability to put points into an ever-expanding loyalty wallet is often irresistible for travelers who book outside policy for personal gain. Not only does this undermine corporate deals, reducing the amount of business given by their employer to a particular airline, it…

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Staying Fit While Traveling

It’s a new year and if you made any new year’s resolutions that likely means getting back to the gym. But finding time can be tough, between work, travel and making time for friends and family. Don’t sweat it!  Teplis Travel has some helpful tips and resources that can keep you on the right track…

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United & ARC Test Blockchain Technology

ARC said it completed a proof of concept for the use of blockchain technology to report and settle airline tickets. ARC worked with United Airlines and Blockskye, a blockchain solutions provider, to report and settle tickets on ARC’s private blockchain. Blockchains can be private or public (private blockchains restrict who can access the network). ARC…

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