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
SutiSoft’s expense tool now integrates with Google Maps to automatically populate mileage expenses,
the expense management provider announced Monday. Other updated features include optical character recognition to match corporate card transactions with emailed or uploaded receipts in SutiExpense’s receipt repository. Additionally, as a user enters an expense item manually, the solution will search the repository to suggest a receipt match, according to a SutiSoft spokesperson. If no match is found, the system now offers the user the ability to drag and drop a receipt from the repository to a line item. Spendvision
also interface with Google Maps.
Travel agency clients of eMerchantPay can accept UATP cards,
the companies announced Wednesday. Payment solution provider UATP will integrate with eMerchantPay to process claim submissions, authorizations, transactions and settlements as part of UATP’s master merchant network. More than 400 travel agencies accept UATP through master merchants, according to UATP’s website. UATP is a low-cost alternative payment network privately owned by 21 airlines worldwide and accepted by more than 260 airline merchants.
Expense management provider Certify launched new functionality on Tuesday
that automatically calculates the complex U.S. General Services Administration's per-diem rates. Those rates represent the maximum allowances for federal employees and contractors and are based on dates, destinations, meal combinations, incidental expenses, travel days and other considerations.