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ARC study reveals that the best average ticket prices are the ones purchased 6 weeks before flight. However, averages and trends rarely stay constant over time. 

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Booking changes: American, US Airlines close to final merger milestone

Booking changes: American, US Airlines close to final merger milestone | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Starting Saturday, passengers planning an autumn trip from Tulsa International Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina, may notice something different about their travel itineraries.
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American Airlines and USAIR are starting the final stages of their merger this weekend. I hope the automation merger will be controlled by American Airlines as I have witnessed the USAIR handled  automation merger with America West in 2005. To call that an extended mess would be kind.  The USAIR name             (ex- Allegheny or as some called it- Agony Airlines) will be retired and laid to rest in a few months once all the planes get painted with the new logo. 

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US Airways gets the October bench trial against Sabre it wanted - Tnooz

US Airways gets the October bench trial against Sabre it wanted - Tnooz | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The antitrust case of US Airways versus Sabre Holdings is set to go to trial on October 26, 2015. US Airways got a bench trial instead of a jury, in a win.
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This has been ongoing for a long long time. One of the points that seems missed by all, is that airline computer systems are incapable of handing increased booking traffic. When USAIR merged with America West, they were singing a similar song. The USAIR website suffered multiple crashes with substantially less traffic. And even worse, good Travel Agencies depend on automated quality control systems which help keep things under better control. Of course USAIR paid NO attention to little details like that. The legals costs for these legal actions are beyond belief.  

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DOJ Investigates Airlines’ 'Capacity Discipline'

DOJ Investigates Airlines’ 'Capacity Discipline' | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether airlines’ “capacity discipline” violates antitrust law, but proving its case will not be a slam-dunk.
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This will be interesting. Airlines have had many legal actions and lawsuits over the past century. I would think they understand many of the rights and wrongs. However just when I think they may get much of the rights and wrongs, something happens that I just shake my head and say, holy mackeral, maybe they don't. Dept. of Justice is looking for the proverbial smoking gun in this investigation. Let us see what they shake out. . 

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Business trips 101: What to know as a first-time business traveler

Business trips 101: What to know as a first-time business traveler | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
A Quora user offers advice for first-time business travelers.

Via Skip Boykin
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Some suggestions that will help you to feel better and be productive while travelling for business.

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Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac

Experiencing the art of living in the vineyards of Cognac | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

Living surrounded by vineyards is influencing my perspective on life ....

 


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Jean-Luc Montembault's curator insight, April 27, 2015 6:22 AM

Living in the vineyards of Cognac brings to live at a different pace. This way of living is a philosophy that is found among cognac producers and in their products.
Each has to make the journey to discover this art of living ...

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Wheelchair-using woman forced to crawl onto plane, sues American Airlines

Wheelchair-using woman forced to crawl onto plane, sues American Airlines | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Theresa Purcell was taking a commuter flight from San Diego when the agent at the gate told her it was too late to set up a ramp so she can …
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Well the Jetblue wedding was great. Now onto more common grounds. It appears that the crew on this American Airlines flight forced this woman to crawl up the steps to the plane and crawl down the aisle to her seat. It appears that more training to airlines crews on passengers with disabilities is definitely in order.  

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Lufthansa to add surcharge for GDS bookings: Travel Weekly

Lufthansa to add surcharge for GDS bookings: Travel Weekly | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Jens Bischof, chief commercial officer of Lufthansa, said during a media conference call about the group’s new sales strategy, “We believe the market is ready for this change. … Somebody’s got to do it.”
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The 31.5 billion in fees the airlines made as profit in 2013 was not enough? This is pure greed. Just trying to drag more out of the travelers pockets. If it stays it will be passed along to the consumers. Northwest tried this in early 2000's. We implemented a higher fee just on Northwest tickets. as did other Travel Agencies and Distribution Channels. Northwest did ultimately rescind it. 


"New sales strategy". Why not call it what it is. Pure greed. The market is "ready for this change" You have to be kidding, The consumers are out there saying..pretty please..charge us more...we are ready. Like we are ready for more mosquito's,  


We are analyzing how much more we will charge for Lufthansa Airlines and their LH group carriers. Our client base will be advised accordingly. Historically when our clients have a lower cost alternative, it will be selected. The big carriers will not play this game as they seem to have more business savvy. Perhaps LH is trying to drive themselves into another Chapter 11. 

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Largest travel business news and information websites

Largest travel business news and information websites | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

avelFor being the chroniclers of the world’s largest and most creative industry, the global travel business media and information companies are a siloed and archaic lot. Most of these companies have not managed the legacy to digital transition well, and have not been able to take advantage of the latest and best digital tools to scale their businesses in digital. Many of these once-storied industry brands have a long history in print, and in digital channels they have been sub-standard, with a sub-scaled reach. Most of the other business information sectors have already been disrupted by the new digital-only players many times over since the advent of the internet, but travel has just started seeing some of those over the last few years. Click here to view a list of the ranking of the top industry news and information sites by digital reach. 


Via Tourism Australia
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This is an interesting article about some of the websites that may interest a business traveler. If you have a favorite, please let me know.

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Delta Sets $6 Billion of Buybacks, Dividends on Fuel Savings

Delta Sets $6 Billion of Buybacks, Dividends on Fuel Savings | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Delta Air Lines Inc. approved a $5 billion stock-repurchase plan, more than double last year’s program, and boosted its dividend by 50 percent, as a windfall of savings on fuel enables it to steer more cash back to investors. Delta has projected it will save $2.2 billion on fuel this year. “We’re not just handing it back to shareholders,” Delta President Ed Bastian said on Bloomberg TV Wednesday.
Richard Stern's insight:

One question that travelers ask is why do prices of air tickets not go down when the price of fuel goes down? I think that is not the plan of the airlines. There are other ways to reduce costs. Working with professional travel agents can help you to navigate this complex pricing environment.


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The Value Of Events In A Marketing World - Forbes

The Value Of Events In A Marketing World - Forbes | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The power of face-to-face interactions in strengthening connections is lost in the sea of statistics around social media growth and articles on building online relationships but incorporating outbound marketing efforts into your overall marketing...

Via Lori Wilk
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Events and meetings are once again popular and have a very good ROI. Face to Face will never go away as a relationship building experience. Proper planning and cost savings will help to get it right. GTI Travel is experienced in working with this area of business travel.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, April 13, 2015 4:46 PM

We are all human and we can and do benefit by finding ways to #network with other #business people at #events where we are face-to-face and can interact and socialize. People still do business with other people they know, like and trust. Life is still about participating and there are times when we must get out from behind our computers and network. 

Lori Wilk's curator insight, May 20, 2015 8:21 AM

This article promotes participation in events as having value in building relationships with other people. In our strategic marketing plans we look at events locally within driving distance and also attend events that require travel and more planning. We do workshops which educate people with our Online Marketing Game Board and encourage people to do more content curation as we attend events.

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Travel innovation in context - a recap and preview

Travel innovation in context - a recap and preview | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

The US $1.2 trillion global travel industry is accustomed to innovation. New technologies have sparked imaginations and spurred thousands of companies to create the means to better serve suppliers and travellers. Between 2005 and 2013, the travel industry attracted more than 700 start-ups and more than $4.8 billion in investment. Travel innovation is manifested in new business concepts, distribution patterns, sources of content, technologies and approaches to customer service and engagement. It emerges from confronting industry challenges such as:


  • Complex travel planning
  • Travel cost and management concerns
  • Addressing the needs and expectations of global travellers
  • Distribution channel battles
  • Fragmented supply


Click here for more information.


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Business travel is a complex area to manage on your own. Technology is used by the professionals and the travelers as well. My customers find that letting an experienced agent focus on this planning for you can free you up to be productive in your own area of expertise.

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Infographic: How Millennials are shaping the future of business travel

Infographic: How Millennials are shaping the future of business travel | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Millennials are more likely to travel for business and are excited about future technology innovations in hotels, according to YouGov research released by The Service Apartment Company (SACO) today (30 March).

Via Alexandre Guapyassu
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Travel management companies are best to listen to the customers. The priorities are always changing and impact decisions and behavior.

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These 10 airlines have the highest fees

These 10 airlines have the highest fees | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
A new report finds the airline industry collected a staggering $38 billion in fees last year. But these ten collected the most fees.
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For the traveler who still thinks if you book through the airline directly or their web site, there are no added costs, here is another pearl that will show how wrong that opinion is. They are making billions from people with that theory. 

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Lufthansa: Book Through Us Or Pay a Fee

Lufthansa: Book Through Us Or Pay a Fee | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The 16 euro charge will go into effect Sept. 1 and has drawn swift criticism from the travel community.
Michael Kabo's insight:

Another hair brained scheme for an airline to raise even more income. Even more fascinating in that Dept. of Justice is exploring all airlines for potential anti-trust legal action for price fixing. If this goes through, the flying public will get hit with more price hikes. Lufthansa's computer system is incapable of handling the most basic transaction and has no ability to price shop. I would think Lufthansa might be better served by improving their pilot interview system to help their safety record.  

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Singer collapses on flight after wearing 12 layers of clothes to dodge bag fees

Singer collapses on flight after wearing 12 layers of clothes to dodge bag fees | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
A boyband singer has collapsed after wearing 12 layers of clothes to avoid paying the excess baggage fee on an EasyJet flight.
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How are you cutting your travel costs?

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US Airlines Investigated For Possible Collusion

US Airlines Investigated For Possible Collusion | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
A civil antitrust investigation appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

Via Francesco Canzoniere
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You may want to work with travel agents to see what the correct information available should be. The airlines are looking out to make profit you need an advisor that is experienced.

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Francesco Canzoniere's curator insight, July 2, 2015 6:08 AM

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

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Major Travel Planning Firm’s 50 Years Praised by U.S. Senator - PR.com

Major Travel Planning Firm’s 50 Years Praised by U.S. Senator - PR.com | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Major Travel Planning Firm’s 50 Years Praised by U.S. Senator - on PR.com
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GTI Travel takes pride in being recognized for helping our customers travel to business meetings and events with the help they need when they need it. We take the pain out of travel planning.


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US airlines’ small fare increases seen trumping big boosts - The Boston Globe

US airlines’ small fare increases seen trumping big boosts - The Boston Globe | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
US airlines are shifting to smaller, more-focused efforts to extract higher prices on domestic flights, according to travel website FareCompare.com.
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The latest. The fare increases keep just adding up. Now they are all piling little increases as continuing add little add-on's. To quote the author, its like a bar brawl in slow motion. Now the airlines are just adding  little fare increases. All different, all a little at a time. You need an expert like www.gtitravel.com, or call 800-223-3863. They can help you stay sane. 

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JetBlue flight attendants put on wedding for couple

JetBlue flight attendants put on wedding for couple | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
The couple said the fake JetBlue wedding was more elaborate than the actual ceremony they had planned.
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Usually it seems most airline posts are negative. Periodically although its rare, there is a good deed done. Congratulations to the couple and the Jetbl;ue crew. 

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Where Have All the Secretaries Gone?

Where Have All the Secretaries Gone? | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Executive assistants are disappearing from the workforce. It's time to bring them back
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I visited a company yesterday with no front desk person or any administrative assistants. The owner saw the value in having a travel management company do the booking of trips for them. Why have a consultant that gets paid over $200 per hour spend two hours on the phone when it can get done for a low fee by professionals? Think smart. Save money.

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US Airways likely to stop flying this fall

US Airways likely to stop flying this fall | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — After more than 75 years of flying, the end is near for US Airways.
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As the amount of airline choices keeps changing it becomes more difficult to keep up. Professional agents are prepared to help guide you thru this.

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Airlines pocket $31.5 billion in fees, a 1,200% increase in six years

Airlines pocket $31.5 billion in fees, a 1,200% increase in six years | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
Can you name an industry enjoying a revenue stream that has increased by about 1,200% in six years?

Via Lori Wilk, Richard Stern
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These are fees from luggage fees and TICKETING FEES. Yes ticketing for those of you who still believe that going to the airlines direct costs nothing, get ready to be shocked. Here is the actual breakdown;

As an industry, the airlines in 2014 collected $127.4 billion in ticket sales, so baggage and schedule change fees added another 5% on top of fares, helping the airlines achieve a collective operating profit of $14.6 billion.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, July 19, 2014 8:19 PM

For a number of years I logged more air miles than most of the crew members. Everything we do is an individual expense today.Who else remembers how awesome it was to travel when the airlines could serve food on real plates with real silverware. The extras that were previously included  are adding up to lots of revenue for the airlines. Will we have to bring our own toilet paper on flights soon ? Can we expect a fee to use  restrooms in flight called  Pay to Pee.(PTP) ?  #airlines#businesstravel#travel

Richard Stern's curator insight, July 23, 2014 9:21 AM

The way fees are changing it is a good idea to work with a strategic partner in the travel management consulting business to keep costs down when possible.

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The Risks of Business Travel in a Wired World

The Risks of Business Travel in a Wired World | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it
This infographic from Travelers Destination depicts on The Risks of business travel in a wired world. It provides the information on security and access problems you face when traveling.

Via Thomas Faltin
Richard Stern's insight:

Interesting info graphic on risks of travel in a wired world. Any feedback on your personal experience to help other customers is always appreciated. 

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Laura Richards's curator insight, October 7, 2013 4:36 PM

Make sure your software is up to date

Employ strong passwords

Dont mess with security settings

Avoid unencrypted public wireless networks

Paying to access a Wi Fi network does not mean it is secure

URL's beginning with 'http's' are usually safer but not foolproof

Use VPN

Turn off cookies and autofill

Watch your apps

Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 26, 2013 3:56 PM

We definitely have security concerns and this infographic brings up many of them.

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Top Chinese travel trends to watch for in 2015

Top Chinese travel trends to watch for in 2015 | Corporate Business Travel | Scoop.it

China has been having a transformative impact on the way the global travel industry operates, finances, and markets itself, and 2015 promises to be a year where brands and organisations marketing to Chinese start looking at them as travellers, beyond just shoppers. This article extracts the top 12 trends that Gary Bowerman discusses in his recent business book, "The New Chinese Traveller: Business Opportunities from the Chinese Travel Revolution." Insights include the fragmentation of Chinese outbound tourism and the quest for new experiences as well as experienced travellers taking advantage of more direct flight routes to a greater spread of destinations. Click here to learn more.


Via Tourism Australia
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China is having a big effect on everything including Travel. If you travel to China for business GTI Travel can help advise you on new routes and options. Work with a professional when things get complicated.

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