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August 21, 2015 - 02:00 PM ET

T&E provider Trippeo updated its iOS mobile app with new functions and a new user interface, the company announced. With the app, users now can build expense reports from listed transactions, submit reports to the approving manager and recall reports. Once a report is approved, reimbursements will be deposited in users' bank accounts within 24 hours, according to Trippeo. The Canadian company officially launched in January.

August 19, 2015 - 01:10 PM ET

Amadeus now integrates with expense management providers Certify, Chrome River and Expensify, the global distribution system provider announced Wednesday. Expensify in July said it was planning to integrate with Amadeus' e-Travel Management self-booking tool, while Databasics last week announced the capability. The integrations with the four expense tools will allow such functionalities as single sign-on, profile synchronization and population of trip and expense details into expense reports, according to Amadeus.  

August 14, 2015 - 12:40 PM ET

The General Services Administration released fiscal year 2016 per-diem rates today that will go into effect Oct. 1, 2015. Total per diem will increase to $140, which includes $89 for hotel and $51 for meals and incidentals. The rates are based on local market costs of midprice hotels and provide caps, or maximum amounts, that can be reimbursed to federal employees for lodging and meals while on official travel. GSA determines per diem for the 48 states in the continental United States and covers approximately 2,600 counties. The GSA allows higher per diem in about 400 nonstandard areas.

August 12, 2015 - 09:20 AM ET

Expense management system Databasics now integrates with the Amadeus e-Travel Management booking tool. "With this integration, itinerary information produced in the AeTM system flows seamlessly into Databasics where it is matched with credit card and receipt information," according to Databasics.

August 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM ET

UATP has partnered with corporate payments provider Wex to provide UATP clients a one-time use virtual card solution for hotel and car rental. Delta Air Lines is projected to become UATP’s launch issuer later this year. “We’ll be able to connect through our partner with hotel and car rental so the whole trip can be put on UATP,” vice president of marketing and communications Wendy Ward told BTN. In April, Wex expanded its virtual payment offering to 11 currencies for its European customers. UATP also is exploring ways to process onboard purchases, such as gift cards or providing users images of the virtual cards, Ward said. "We're trying to really expand the use of the network, and onboard [purchases] is one that's come up. We're not there yet, but we're thinking about it," she said. “We’ll never be a traditional walking card, but if it has something to do with travel, we want to explore it.”

August 05, 2015 - 05:00 PM ET

Visa and MasterCard’s combined 2014 U.S. corporate travel and entertainment purchase volume rose 8.5 percent year over year, according to July’s Nilson Report, which measured Visa and MasterCard issuers of commercial card products and excluded American Express and Discover products. Visa reported $20.1 billion and MasterCard $18.5 billion. According to a June Nilson Report, Citibank was the top T&E card issuer with $12.8 billion representing 65.9 million transactions from its 2.5 million corporate cards. U.S. Bank followed with $6.1 billion and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with $5.9 billion.

July 30, 2015 - 12:45 PM ET

AirPlus International customers in the first half of 2015 spent 9.6 percent more on international business travel than during the first half of 2014, according to parent company Lufthansa’s interim report, released Thursday. Client air travel spend for the period also rose 3.2 percent year over year, resulting in a 6.7 percent rise in booked business flights. Airplus International reported €29 million in earnings before interest and tax, a 45 percent year-over-year increase that owed to higher billing volumes and positive exchange rate effects.

July 28, 2015 - 01:10 PM ET

Orlando – Visa and Orbitz for Business launched Visa Travel Manager, an end-to-end travel booking and expense management solution for the unmanaged middle market, the companies announced during the Global Business Travel Association conference. Visa clients with revenue between $25 million and $500 million can book travel on Orbitz for Business through Visa’s portal and fill out expense reports through Visa’s own expense tool. In August, the card network also will launch a single-use virtual card solution powered by Conferma.

July 26, 2015 - 11:30 PM ET

Orlando – Travel management company Adelman Travel and expense management firm Chrome River each now interface with U.S. Bank, the companies announced Sunday during the Global Business Travel Association conference. Using U.S. Bank’s Access Online platform, joint clients of Adelman Travel can access the bank's suite of products—including corporate, purchasing and virtual cards, central billing accounts and e-paybles solutions—according to a U.S. Bank spokesperson. Credit card data also will be integrated into Adelman’s platform to provide a clear picture of a company's entire spend, according to the TMC. For no additional fee, joint clients get U.S. Bank’s virtual card product and virtual card spend count toward the company’s rebate, which previously was not an option. U.S. Bank also now allows Chrome River joint clients to track expenses, make payments and reconcile through the expense tool, expanding on the companies’ 2013 partnership.

July 26, 2015 - 05:55 PM ET

Orlando – Concur TripIt and TripIt Pro users now can call their travel management company with one click from the itinerary-capturing tool’s mobile app, the travel and expense technology provider announced Sunday during the during the Global Business Travel Association conference. The app displays the contact details of the TMC associated with the booking, making it easier for travelers to make changes to trips during disruptions, said Concur senior director of business development for TripIt Jugdeep Bal. Concur TMC launch partners include Adelman, Christopherson Business Travel, FCm Travel Solutions, Frosch, Travel Inc. and WorldTravelService. The functionality is free and requires no additional download, but regular TMC phone service fees apply.

July 23, 2015 - 12:55 PM ET

Expense management software provider Expensify announced integration with several travel service and booking providers, including Egencia, Hipmunk, Locomote, NexTravel, nuTravel, Priceline, Rocketrip and Uber. The firm also plans travel and expense integration with Airbnb, Amadeus, Atlas Travel and GetThere.

July 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM ET

American Express Global Business Travel named Cindy Allen chief marketing officer to lead the travel management company's "brand positioning, marketing, product marketing, corporate communications and industry relations on a global level." At the end of April, Allen left Concur, where she served as vice president of TMC services. Previously, she was CEO of agency software provider GDSX, which Concur acquired in 2013. Allen and Kathy Burns also co-founded PayForTrip, a virtual payments solution set to launch its initial beta customer in August.