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December 17, 2012 - 09:05 AM ET
Sabre customers can "shop, book and fulfill" American Airlines' new fare fare bundles "using standard Sabre entries," according to a Sabre Travel Network blog post.
Travelport last week also affirmed that the new Choice Essential and Choice Plus fare options are bookable in its channels.
Travel buyers' average compensation has risen 5
percent since summer 2014, to $110,000, and their satisfaction with salary and
benefits lifted with the tide. Median income rose 6 percent to $103,000.
BTN named its annual list
of Best Practitioners in July. Along with our Travel Manager of the Year, these
four individuals elevated the practice of travel management. Their best
practices and innovation initiatives have changed the course of travel
management for their organizations and portend travel management trends for
others. BTN sat with Travel Manager of the Year, Eric Bailey, who is
Microsoft global travel and venue group lead, as well as Cisco Systems director
of global travel Susan Lichtenstein, Fore founder and Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation senior manager of global travel Pam Massey, BP global travel
services procurement manager Lisa Stanford and T-Mobile travel, expense and
card senior manager Robert Jacobsen.
Ray LaHood, U.S.
Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013, joined U.S. regional air
transportation network OneJet as a senior advisor in late August, following his
deputy secretary, John Porcari, who became an advisor for the company earlier
this year. Both LaHood and Porcari spoke with BTN transportation editor Michael B. Baker about the model’s
potential effect on corporate travel growth.
In the eight years since Enterprise Holdings acquired the National Car
Rental brand, it has invested heavily to increase the corporate-focused brand's
standing, according to Enterprise chief strategy officer and executive vice
president of global sales and marketing Greg Stubblefield. "National had
always been a third tier to Hertz and Avis, so we spent an enormous sum of
money building the infrastructure for National, and you can see it in the
customer satisfaction scores," Stubblefield said. "In certain
measurements, it's equal to or greater than Avis, and it's moving down the path
to catch Hertz as the premier business travel supplier." During the Global
Business Travel Association's annual convention, Stubblefield spoke with BTN
transportation editor Michael B. Baker about Enterprise's investment and
National's technology and global growth plans.
With corporate travel demand flying high, strong
supplier markets and a comparatively bright outlook for the global economy,
corporate travel managers are in demand in 2015. The 32nd annual BTN
Travel Manager Salary & Attitude Survey showed travel management salaries
up 5 percent across the board, with 54 percent of survey respondents saying
they have at least fair exchange pay for their responsibilities—if not better.
“Sunday night is when it will break loose.” That's when Sykes Enterprises business travelers try to
check in using virtual cards en masse. “We’ll get a call from someone stuck in
the lobby because [the hotel] won’t accept the virtual payment,” said Sykes Enterprises
director of global finance and travel services Alan Mazzola. It turns out the very same features that lend virtual cards their lauded security also can cause havoc at the check-in counter, where hotel systems and staff may not know how to process them.
Strategic meetings management has been on the
corporate radar for well over...