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.”
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.
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
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.
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