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Westin Tops Upper-Upscale Segment, Hyatt Place Leads Upscale In BTN's 2015 ... - Business Travel News

Westin Tops Upper-Upscale Segment, Hyatt Place Leads Upscale In BTN's 2015 ... - Business Travel News | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Westin Tops Upper-Upscale Segment, Hyatt Place Leads Upscale In BTN's 2015 Hotel Brand Survey Julie Sickel in_this_issue Wellness, design and modern amenities proved to be the connecting thread between the top-performing brands in the upper-upscale...

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US Airways' final flight closes curtain on another major airline - USA TODAY

US Airways' final flight closes curtain on another major airline - USA TODAY | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
One of the USA's most storied airline brands fades away this week with Flight 1939.
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The world of business travel options continues to get more complex. Saying good bye to US Air.

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Amazon Destinations stops selling travel - Tnooz

Amazon Destinations stops selling travel - Tnooz | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Amazon has stopped selling hotel travel and has shut down its destinations page and promotions.
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It is not so simple to "properly" sell travel. Especially for the big gang. Use the experts at www.gtitravel.com

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7 Charts Explaining U.S. Business Travelers' Booking Habits

7 Charts Explaining U.S. Business Travelers' Booking Habits | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
A Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Carlson Wagonlit Travel survey released this week found that major fault lines exist between U.S. business travelers who use their companies’ online booking tools and those who don’t. More than half of respondents said they have to inform their company of their bookings in some way if they choose to book on their own, but some 42% also said they can basically leave their employer out of the equation and not provide their travel itineraries.

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The charts below show which generations of business travelers book their trips on their own more than others. They also outline who’s more comfortable using an online travel agency versus booking directly with brands for those who choose to book outside their companies’ booking tools.

Via Don Dea
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Does your company have a strong travel policy? Are you monitoring purchases on a case by case basis? If not then you are probably spending much more than you should be. According to this report only 18% of those quizzed are checking with their company's on line booking tool before booking their travel. ONLY 22% say they must share their reservation information with the company. That can lead to higher costs since they are probably not cashing in on contracted rates, fulfilling contracted obligations and costing the company more in the long term since they are not moving traffic to preferred vendors. A strong travel policy, monitored and quality controlled can lead to big savings. Travel Management Companies, we work for you.  We monitor purchasing, make sure you're getting the lowest prices, negotiate contracts on your behalf and enforce the travel policy you put in place.  We will also help move traffic to your preferred vendors to drive down your costs and raise your savings level even higher..

Take a few minutes and read the article.
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Lufthansa takes GDS booking tumble with new surcharge, rival carriers benefit

Lufthansa takes GDS booking tumble with new surcharge, rival carriers benefit | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
German carrier Lufthansa is beginning to see the impact of its decision to impose a levy on all bookings made through Global Distribution Systems.
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Lufthansa's bookings fall in month one. I think it may be tied into it's very questionable decision to try and force booking channels. For the best fares, utilize resources like www.gtitravel.com

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American Airlines computer issues resolved

American Airlines computer issues resolved | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
American Airlines said its computers were back online after experiencing a widespread outage on Thursday, according to NBC affiliate WMAQ.
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American Airlines advises "systems restored". 

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TSA Pre✓® | Transportation Security Administration

TSA Pre✓® | Transportation Security Administration | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
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Those periodic free TSA checks sometimes given to frequent flyers have ENDED. Now only TSA approved "known" travelers will be pre-checked. The experts at GTI travel can help our customers learn more about this program. see our web page at www.gtitravel.com to become one of our valued clients

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Every little helps! Baggage fees and other extra charges gave airlines $38BILLION in revenue last year | Daily Mail Online

Every little helps! Baggage fees and other extra charges gave airlines $38BILLION in revenue last year | Daily Mail Online | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
US carrier Spirit raked in 38.7 per cent of its annual takings from these ‘ancillary’ charges, a bigger amount than any other airline.
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How much can the airlines really make from that $50.00 luggage add on fee, those little change fees and those small ticketing fees. 38 BILLION last year were made by the airlines in ancillary fees. Yes that is Billion with a B. United made 5.8 Billion in ancillary fees last year.Spirit AIrlines ancillary fees amounted to 38.7% of their income..  

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Virgin America CEO predicts big fare hikes by US airlines in 2016

Virgin America CEO predicts big fare hikes by US airlines in 2016 | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Virgin America CEO David Cush predicted big fare increases by US airlines, and urged the US government to protect the “competitive structure” of the industry.
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This is not new news. I was one of the few when American and US AIR were exploring the "possibilities" of a merger, that was against the merger because of higher fares for all consumers,  and wanted the government to continue their legal action against the merger.  Well now a prediction by Virgin Atlantic that fares will dramatically rise over the next few years. That continued rise started last year.

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JetBlue Offering $49 Flights In Incredible Two-Day Flash Sale

JetBlue Offering $49 Flights In Incredible Two-Day Flash Sale | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Another week, another epic airline flash sale. JetBlue announced on Tuesday that the airline is offering flights for as low as $49 for travel from September 8, 2015 – December 16, 2015. The nationwide
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A good Jetbvue sale. It ends at midnight tonight. 

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San Ramon family's vacation ruined due to American, US Air merger

San Ramon family's vacation ruined due to American, US Air merger | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
American Airlines and U.S. Airways merged recently, but their reservation systems are not entirely integrated yet. One family got caught in the middle and it ruined their vacation.
Michael Kabo's insight:

Once again., another US AIR merger runs disastrous. As many years I have been in the industry, I have only seen one thing consistently with US AIR. They cannot do a merger without major systems problems.. Their real field of expertise is continuing disaster with every merger they have embarked on. .  

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Lufthansa Changes Collection Plan For Controversial GDS Surcharge

Lufthansa Changes Collection Plan For Controversial GDS Surcharge | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The Lufthansa Group has run into a technical snag as it prepares to impose a €16 surcharge on all GDS bookings in most countries, beginning Sept. 1. Agents have objected strongly to the charge.
 
Michael Kabo's insight:

Typical Lufthansa. as I advised in my July 16 post on this, I thought the Lufthansa system was incapable of handling this. Guess what? Today Lufthansa announces there is a "technical snag" and there are problems. I'm shocked. It has not yet been announced whether it is delayed or how they will integrate their latest rip-off attempt of the travelling public. It still appears that this may remain on their future table. Since most ticket vendors seem to be implementing increase;s on Lufthansa tickets only as a result of this forced Lufthansa increase, I suggest passenger travelling after September 1, look at all alternatives since I think Lufthansa will be the most expensive transaction wise. 

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China adds corporate travel to its world's biggest checklist

China adds corporate travel to its world's biggest checklist | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

An Amadeus study into APAC corporate travel says that 2015 will be the year when businesses in China spend more on travel than those in the US. China already spends $250 billion a year on corporate travel, and the study tips this to jump to $500 billion by 2025. The APAC region generally will see stellar growth in business travel - up from $400 billion this year to $900 billion in 2025. Amadeus says that a lot of the growth will come from emerging South East Asian markets such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines as well as the usual suspects China and India. Find out more.


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 The most trusted source of advice comes from peers and colleagues rather than the general sites. If the reviews from peers and colleagues can be integrated into the booking tools, then lookers of the reviews might become bookers of the travel.

Our customers tend to stay with GTI Travel for long term. Part of the reason is expertise and being in this ever changing market for over 42 years. Reviews from booking tools will help but actual booking should be done by an expert.

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All systems go as American Airlines integrates US Airways computer system - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

All systems go as American Airlines integrates US Airways computer system - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The combined airline now has one website, one mobile app and a single set of travel policies and frequent-flier benefits.
Michael Kabo's insight:

So far no big problems as curtain closes on the USAIR merger with American. Business Travel clients need to continue a watchful eye as will our Business Travel Experts at GTI Travel. 

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Airbnb increases host fee as way to pay for Google advertising

Airbnb increases host fee as way to pay for Google advertising | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Airbnb is charging hosts an additional 12-15% fee for each booking if their guest found the listing through Google advertising.
Michael Kabo's insight:

Another player in the selling travel field has added more back door fees for selling travel. Why not just use plain and simple travel agents, www.gtitravel.com.


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Find your way through the airport - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).pdf

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American and USAIR are supposed to complete the final stages of their merger this weekend, if it is done on schedule, which is unknown as of date this post (10/14/15). Here are the post merger details available at this time for Philadelphia Airport.  

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How the Real ID Act Will Change Airport Security

How the Real ID Act Will Change Airport Security | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
New restrictions on government-issued IDs, coming in 2016, may see residents of four U.S. states having to carry secondary identification at the airport.
Carl Kohler's insight:
Its always a good idea to travel with many forms of identification. A Government issued passport is always best. Be sure to make 3 copies of your passport. One to leave at home in case you loose your original. Another to put in your briefcase and a third to put into your luggage in case you become separated from them. It is also easier to get a replacement passport at a US Embassy if you have a copy of the original on hand.
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United Airlines Customer Dissatisfaction Festers, 5 Years After Merger

“Despite the 2010 merger of United Airlines and the well-regarded Continental Airlines, United has not won high ratings.”


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Carl Kohler's insight:

I have been in the travel business for over 25 years and this story seems to be the same now as it was then. There are always people who are dissatisfied with the airlines. There are always issues with luggage, flights being on time, missing connections and overall unhappy people in tight spaces which seems to be getting smaller by the year.

Business travelers have it tough. They are required to put up with a system that has been working against them for quite some time. As a business travel management firm, we do what we can to make their life easier but its not an easy job to fly to a city to conduct business.

The best advise we give is to be as informed as possible. Have a back up plan. Call us when you need information or if there are delays. And the best advise is to take it all with a grain of salt. Getting from point A to point B safely is the goal and should be the top priority. Everything else is secondary.  

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American Airlines flights grounded due to technical issues - MarketWatch

American Airlines flights grounded due to technical issues - MarketWatch | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
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At this moment 2:05pm, it appears to be their domestic U.S. hubs( Chicago, Dallas, and Miami).

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American Airlines accidentally used the wrong plane to fly to Hawaii | The Verge

This goes without saying, but planes aren't like socks. You can't mix and match them. Each is uniquely identified and has a precise schedule with the airlines. That's why it's pretty shocking to...
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This is another event that caused no damage, but should not have happened. I also wonder if FAA should have picked up some piece before it went airborne. 

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Lufthansa cancels 84 long-haul flights over pilot strike

Lufthansa cancels 84 long-haul flights over pilot strike | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it is canceling 84 long-haul flights because of a pilot strike.
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Latest news on Lufthansa strike. There  are not many if any people in the industry that are having any tears over this strike. 

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Top tech priorities for corporate travel managers [INFOGRAPHIC] - Tnooz

Top tech priorities for corporate travel managers [INFOGRAPHIC] - Tnooz | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Top tech priorities for corporate travel managers [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Questioned on how TMCs have improved over the past five years, top answers from respondents were keeping up to date with technology and online booking solutions.

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Technology is driving the business travel industry, however, it is still the personal touch and expertise of a professional agent that can save you time and money in many cases.

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One way to get around airline baggage fees

One way to get around airline baggage fees | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The cutthroat competition for cheap airfares had led airlines to come up with different ways to get money out of customers. And some carriers are now even charging passengers for carry-on bags.
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Some suggestions for avoiding luggage fees. The airlines have many new ways to make a profit. Using an experienced agency can help you with ideas that can save you money and time.

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Critics say Delta Air Lines is shaming passengers to spend more

Critics say Delta Air Lines is shaming passengers to spend more | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Upselling has become a major strategy for the airline industry.
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Work with GTI Travel and you will be able to get accurate information that will help you make better decisions and save money.

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The Simplest Hacks for Efficient Business Travel Packing

The Simplest Hacks for Efficient Business Travel Packing | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed that the shorter your trip, the harder it is to pack? Check out these 6 tips for efficient business travel packing.

Via Skip Boykin
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Maybe something here for the business travelers. Let me know if you have an idea .richard.stern@gtitravel.com

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