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Always on the forefront of the latest trends and reports, our team perpetually stays on top of how the world travels. A 5-star hotel offering premium business perks; a popular airline’s new First Class features; tips on how to arrive at your destination ready for the meeting—you’ll find it all and more on the Travel Wire.

Travel Leaders Corporate publicly launched its new mobile platform, the Travel Leaders Connect, after phase I of development. Travel Leaders Connect, an award-winning, next generation communication network is revolutionizing business travel communication by giving Travel Leaders Corporate’s clients a more efficient way to reach live......

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Business travel costs dropped for Travel Leaders Corporate clients across-the-board in the Fourth Quarter of 2015. “The sizeable drop in average airfares is a very positive development for our corporate accounts,” said Travel Leaders Corporate President David Holyoke. “The decreases in fourth quarter are consistent......

With growth in overall hotel sales – including increased attachment rates – serving as one of its key strategic objectives for 2016 and beyond, Travel Leaders Group announced today that all initiatives focused on the lodging sector will be incorporated into its Hotel Division, which......

This year promises change in the managed travel industry. Now that U.S. airline mergers are largely behind us, carriers will compete for corporate business on the merit of their products and services. Hotels will ramp up revenue management strategies, analyzing booking patterns and the potential......

When traveling abroad on a business trip, something as simple as a handshake introduction between new colleagues or potential business partners becomes an incredibly nuanced mini-event, capable of setting the convivial foundation necessary to strike a deal, or sabotaging the whole thing before you ever......

With the conversion of American’s AAdvantage program to a spend-based model in the second half of 2016, the travel-rewards landscape will be fundamentally transformed. Every one of the largest U.S. carriers, except for Alaska Airlines, will then reward customers’ loyalty in direct proportion to the......

Airports Council International has announced the winners of its 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards based on feedback from over 550,000 passenger surveys at over 300 airports in 80 countries around the world. The Survey covers 34 key service areas and 8 major categories including: access,......

Who’s responsible for business traveler well-being, and what tactics should companies use to monitor employees while they’re traveling for business? Forty-seven percent of surveyed travelers believe their company is entirely responsible for their well-being while on a business trip. That means providing travelers with safe......

In the United States and Canada, we dial 9-1-1 when we need immediate help. If you are from a European country, you probably call 1-1-2. But what if you are elsewhere? See this rundown on how to use and find international emergency telephone numbers here....

Lost your license or wallet stolen? You can still fly, but be prepared to explain to TSA. For what to do if you lose your driver’s license while traveling, click here....

To tip or not to tip, and if yes, when and how much for what services? For many travelers, the rules are murky. How much to tip often depends on the circumstance, and there’s a wide variety of opinions on the matter. From airport skycaps......

Delta champions equal pay for women On average, women earn 21% less than men for the same job. At Delta, there is virtually no pay gap: in administrative jobs women earn 98% of what men do, and there’s statistical parity among male and female frontline......

United Meet and Greet Service United has launched a new product United Signature Service – a meet and assist service providing customers a concierge level experience throughout their airport journey. Dedicated concierges coordinate the entire airport experience and provide a seamless level of service, tailored to what an individual......

Perched in the Hollywood Hills, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills emulates the best of cosmopolitan chic and California cool. Timeless, impeccable style, a stunning rooftop pool, world-class service and a 2,600-square-foot fitness center are hallmarks of this luxury hotel. With creative and surprising......

All of these rounds of consolidation are going to have an impact on hotel programs, changing the dynamics and, no doubt, preferred suppliers. With combinations of types of hotel offerings, the hotel programs of tomorrow are going to rely heavily on corporations’ ability to demonstrate......

In March, the average airport rate quote was only down 81 cents from March 2015, according to The Tennant Group and Rate-Highway’s 50-City rate survey. The Northeast region declined $11.71 year-over-year while the Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest regions were all up. More....

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent A Car brands recently earned awards for their customer service. Enterprise and National tied for the highest customer experience score among car rental companies in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings. Meanwhile, Enterprise and Alamo took home......

  Business travel can be an essential part of running a business, but it can also be a significant drag on the bottom line. Travel management company Travel Leaders Corporate last month found that the costs of corporate travel continue to rise — with the......

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A new study from the University of Kansas has found checked baggage fees have actually improved the departure performance of U.S. airlines. A new study from the University of Kansas has found checked baggage fees have actually improved the departure performance of U.S. airlines. “Because......

United Airlines has eased restrictions on travel agency partners that are rebooking on behalf of their clients after schedule changes and irregular operations, bringing their rebooking capabilities more in line with what United’s reservation team is able to do. Previously, when a flight’s schedule changed,......

Owning your own business means you get to decide where to travel and when, but can you really write it all off? According to a new survey, 85 percent of business owners make time for personal activities and relaxation during business trips. For many entrepreneurs,......

There’s more to a business trip than the meeting. Yes, your presence at the meeting is the main reason the trip exists, yet there are other elements to your journey. There’s the car service to the airport, the lines at security and Starbucks, the flight......

For the last decade and a half, it’s been a struggle for travel managers to strike the proper balance between full service and self-service platforms within their travel programs. As online booking tool penetration has grown substantially, so has mounting frustration from buyers and travelers......

During the last seconds of a football game, when your team has one chance to come from behind and win, the coach draws up a play. In order for that play to work, every member of the team must follow it to the best of......

Online bookings have been pretty predictable over the last few years. Online Travel Agencies (aka OTAs) have been the dominant player, with air and hotel websites close behind and search engines coming in third. What’s unpredictable about this mix is how much your travelers are......

For corporate travel buyers negotiating airline agreements, savings remain the top priority by a wide margin, although most buyers also expect travelers’ comfort to play a bigger role in agreements in the coming years, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Corporate Travel......

The benefits of applying Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) to large, enterprise-wide meeting are well known. Your company is able to leverage your total spend, drive significant savings, enhance overall meeting performance, aggregate data, ensure brand consistency and avoid risks. But what about your smaller meetings?......

Ask people what part of the flying experience in economy they hate most, and they’ll probably say the seats. In Consumer Reports’ latest airline survey “seat comfort”—or lack thereof—was a big predictor of how happy respondents were with their flight overall. And, according to the 2016......

Business travelers have a lot of expenses to keep up with. To simplify things, the IRS allows the use of per diem (Latin meaning “for each day”) rates. Per diem rates are the equivalent of a fixed amount paid to employees to compensate for lodging,......

As Hurricane Matthew marches through the Caribbean and up the southeastern shores of the United States, airlines are desperately trying to evacuate as many travelers as possible while re-scheduling a host of cancelled flights. Such weather-related incidents cause significant travel impacts and disruptions across the......

Duty of care relates to the obligations that employers have to their employees in maintaining their security, safety, and wellbeing when working or traveling on business. The company’s obligation is both moral and legal. When employees are sent on international assignments, to live and work......

The time to find out if a gadget is worth bringing on a business trip is not when you arrive at the hotel. Before you go, scan through these products. Each one has been road tested to make sure it deserves a space in the......

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device......

The average corporate negotiated hotel rate will increase by between 3.25 percent and 4 percent in 2017, according to a recent analysis by Bjorn Hanson, a clinical professor with the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. This RFP......

Any company that works with the government not only knows about the Fly America Act—they loathe it. Of course we’re referring to that government mandate that requires all travelers funded by the U.S. Government to fly on American flag carriers. There are many considerations involved......

The Transportation Department is proposing new guidelines that it says will protect consumers and encourage more competition among carriers. The government is trying to force carriers to be more transparent about services they provide. If airlines provide more data to customers, regulators say, passengers will......

Mobility is no longer a simple attribute to be applied to new technologies; it’s a necessity, especially in an industry like ours where key stakeholders are always on the move. Those who master the mobile front have a clear advantage in business by staying connected,......

When talking to someone about Travel Leaders CONNECT—our proprietary, award-winning, mobile-focused travel management solution that gives travelers the power to make reservations, ask questions to live agents and receive real time flight disruption alerts 24/7—we often hear people reply, “So, it’s an app?” Sure, as......

As part of United’s new pricing tier, Basic Economy, passengers who purchase the airline’s cheapest fares will only be allowed one personal item that must fit under a seat. Additionally, customers will not be assigned seats until the day of departure, meaning people on the same ticket could be......

Every year, BTN surveys the biggest spenders in the corporate travel industry and profiles them in the annual BTN Corporate Travel 100. Looking at the information BTN collected in 2016 in aggregate reveals trends that will come in handy when setting travel management priorities for......

Corporate travel policy can only be effective at saving a business money if that policy is effectively communicated with a business traveler. According to new analysis from hotel solutions provider HRS and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, business travelers may have more influence......

2017 is shaping up to be a year of big change for travelers. In addition to a new president whose policies could affect where and how Americans travel, there are also major changes on the way from leading travel and hospitality brands, including new airplane......

Simplicity is the key to driving online booking tool adoption. Travelers want a user-friendly booking experience. Travel Leaders Corporate maintains tried and tested strategies for increasing online adoption including a Live Chat feature where our eCommerce specialists can view the traveler’s screen and “co-browse” the......

When it comes to travel, most of us are looking to save money, but what we should be looking to do is save time and improve our experience. Sometimes it’s worth it to shell out a little more for extras that can make travel easier, faster......

American Airlines will introduce a Basic Economy fare on February 10th that, like United’s planned Basic Economy offering, precludes passengers from carrying on bags that require overhead storage. Similar to United’s basic fare, passengers purchasing American’s fare do not get to choose their own seats,......

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s reimbursement rate for business mileage on a personal car has dropped for the second year in a row and the fifth time in 16 years. As of January 1st, the rate is now 53.5 cents, down from 54 cents in......

Between interminable airport layovers, scheduling inconveniences, and dealing with coworkers’ strange travel quirks, staying positive during a business trip can be a struggle. But with a little foresight, planning, and a positive outlook, you can turn your next business trip into a productive and enjoyable......

WalletHub compared the 11 largest domestic airlines’ loyalty rewards programs in terms of their expected value for Light, Average and Frequent flyers using 23 key metrics, ranging from the value of a rewards point or mile to blackout-date policies. Delta SkyMiles was ranked the best......

The price difference between basic economy and regular economy may not be worth the perks you surrender. On some airlines, you’re not allowed to place a bag in the overhead bins (your carry-on must fit under the seat in front of you); and you can’t......

One of the first thing many of us do when getting to our hotel room is adjust the thermostat to our liking. The fact is, many of us do not have the control that we think we do. The humble hotel wall thermostat, once just......

A study from the Business Travel Show found that for the second year in a row, “cutting costs while maintaining quality” is the #1 issue faced by travel buyers. Risk management and an “increased focus on duty of care and security” comes in at #2.......

Clear, a government-approved tech company that uses fingerprint and iris scanners to confirm air travelers’ identity, is expanding its kiosk network to a total of 22 airports around the U.S. “The vision of the company is to use biometrics to strengthen security and give customers......

Statistically, the aisle seat is more popular among frequent air travelers. Passengers who prefer the aisle seats say it’s better because they have easy access to the restrooms, the possibility of a little extra legroom, and they’re first to exit the aircraft. Window proponents say......

Confessions from air travel industry vets provide us with a dizzying array of things we’ve never thought about the many times we’ve nestled into those “cozy” (said no one ever) airline seats. Read here....

Nothing can ruin a trip faster than getting caught up in airline delays or cancellations. Knowing your rights as an airline traveler can help ease the situation. In some cases, airline travelers may be due compensation from the airline. Airlines won’t always alert you to......

The U.S. and British governments are barring passengers on some international flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags. Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports in eight......

Most North American airlines gave up on true international first class several years ago, but elsewhere, especially in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, it has persisted. Now, however, even many of those airlines are deciding it’s no longer prudent to invest in six to......

The U.S. decision this week to ban laptops, tablets and other personal electronic devices aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries has left travelers with a lot of questions. This handy guide outlines the basics of the new rules and, for folks......

Gabe Rizzi, President of Travel Leaders Corporate, offered his thoughts to Fast Company on the recent cabin electronics restriction on flights from the Middle East. Rizzi gave business travelers some advice on what they can do when they are unable to use their laptop. Read......

If an airline involuntarily bumps you and isn’t able to get you to your destination within two hours (four hours for international flights) of your originally scheduled arrival, federal regulations require the airline to pay you 400% of the cost of your one-way flight, up......

United today announced 10 substantial changes to how it flies, serves and respects its customers. The changes are the result of United’s thorough examination of its policies and procedures, and commitment to take action, in the wake of the forced removal of a customer aboard United......

When Delta overbooks a flight, they let their passengers decide how much getting bumped is worth. Here’s how it works. When passengers on overbooked flights check in online or at the check-in kiosk, they’re asked what the dollar value of the travel voucher they would......

Travel Leaders Group acquired Mexico-based Corporate Travel Services (CTS) the largest independent travel management company in Mexico. CTS has 600 employees and 300 corporate clients, and business travel represents 65 percent of the agency’s $350 million in annual sales. CTS also operates in the meetings,......

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, called the original plan “ill-conceived,” and said in a statement that he did not believe it......

Employers fret plenty about their liability in case of illness or injury to employees, but that liability is pretty limited, at least for business travel within the U.S., thanks to workers compensation. Once travel managers realize that, they’re free to worry less about liability and......

The Simple Meetings Optimizer tool provides a sophisticated “virtual meeting planner” to quickly and easily assist anyone planning a business meeting independently Plymouth, MN (May 22, 2017) – Planning meetings without a professional meeting planner happens all the time in the corporate world – and it......

Travel Leaders Corporate has entered into a collaborative partnership with Rocketrip, a leading technology platform for reducing corporate travel expenses. As part of the announcement, Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi stated, “Rocketrip’s commitment to driving innovation in corporate travel is very much aligned with......

Haul out your frequent flyer card from your wallet. Now take a good look at it. Can you spy a small logo which says Oneworld, Star Alliance or SkyTeam? If so, that card could unlock plenty of prized travel perks of which you may be......

Michael Batt, Travel Leaders Group Founder and Chairman, is a finalist for the prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to......

SME’s and multinational no longer are mutually exclusive terms. A global economy and today’s technology mean even small and start-up companies might be multinational. How can small and midsize enterprises navigate global sourcing? Partner with Travel Leaders and consolidate your data with our $21.35B in......

Part of what is so frustrating about losing a bag is that so much of the process seems out of the traveler’s control. But airline cargo professionals say there are a handful of things you can do to lower your chances of having a bag......

For the last five years, all locations of Travel Leaders’ business units have banded together in their respective communities to help end hunger in this country. Travel Leaders Corporate is pleased to announce that this year’s Day of Giving is July 13, 2017. All of......

The world’s largest hotel chain recently announced that customers must give at least 48-hours’ notice if they plan to cancel a reservation — or cough up a fee equivalent to one night’s stay. The new policy applies to hotels in the United States, Canada, Caribbean......

As cyber-crime increases, it is important to ensure awareness. Travel Leaders Corporate would like to share a few tips to help you stay secure while traveling on your next trip whether it be business or pleasure. BEFORE YOU GO: UPDATE – Keep your operating system......

Whether you’re in sales or you’re an entrepreneur trying to make new connections, travel is a big part of your life as a professional. It only makes sense that how you spend time traveling can have a massive impact on your productivity, as well as......

It’s a common sight at airports around the country – clusters of travelers in key locations hoping to eke out a little more “juice” for their smartphones and tablets before boarding a flight.  So, too, is jockeying for position to get a seat, or be......

According to a panel of security experts at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) convention this month, there are three major themes that are causes of crisis on a regional or global scale: natural disasters, terrorist attacks and disease outbreaks. The panelists agreed that preparedness......

Marriott’s new cancellation policy, which includes a one room-night penalty for cancellation within 48 hours of check-in, is not popular with travel managers and business travelers. In a poll conducted by the Business Travel Coalition, 59 percent of respondents indicated that they would likely book......

The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March. King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was the last airport to be taken off the Department of Homeland Security’s ban list, which originally......

Travel Leaders Group and ALTOUR have signed an agreement to unite under common ownership to form a single, powerhouse travel agency organization with nearly $24 billion in annual sales. There will be no substantive operating changes or name changes to either ALTOUR or Travel Leaders......

Travel Leaders Group continues to strengthen its global presence in the corporate travel arena through an exclusive, cooperation agreement with Lufthansa City Center (LCC), a global franchise network of independent travel agencies based in Frankfurt, Germany. LCC operates in more than 90 countries around the......

Twenty-nine percent of travel managers report they do not know how long it would take to locate affected employees in a crisis. According to a study by the Global Business Travel Association’s research and education arm, the GBTA Foundation, and Concur, 50 percent of travel......

Certify recently released its quarterly report of spending trends. Traditional taxis now account for just 8% of ground transportation transactions among American business travelers—the first time that figure has been in single digits. Uber accounted for 55% of ground transportation transactions tracked by Certify compared......

U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that just one in every 19,000 passengers was kicked off an overbooked flight in the first six months of this year. That’s the lowest rate since......

Chicago and Orlando are tied at the top, and Washington, San Diego, and Las Vegas round out the top five destinations that planners consider when selecting a site for a meeting. That’s just one of the findings from STR’s latest DestinationMAP (Meeting Assessment Program), an......

Business travel spend growth is expected to rise above 6 percent in 2018, thus ending an “era of uncertainty” among corporates regarding spending, according to the GBTA BTI Outlook, an annual research project by Rockport Analytics on behalf of the Global Business Travel Association. For......

The General Services Administration per diem for fiscal year 2018 will increase to $144 from $142. The new rate will go into effect on Oct. 1. It includes $93 for lodging, which accounted for the $2 year-over-year increase, and $51 for meals and incidental expenses.......

In global business, the cost of physically attending a meeting is significantly higher than conducting a meeting using audio and video conferencing or email. We all know extensive business travel can be time consuming and frustrating, sacrificing time spent with family and loved ones. Although......

Within the past year, millennials (born 1981-1997) surpassed baby boomers (born 1946-1964) as the largest living generation in the U.S. and make up the largest share of employees in the American workforce, according to Pew Research. This generation, totaling more than 75 million people, has changed......

The next time you fly, you might get hit with an unexpected fee: a gate-handling charge. Recently a number of major airlines have started to roll out Basic Economy fares. They’re less expensive than your typical airfare, but they sometimes come with a catch: they......

Amadeus’ new study, “Embracing Airline Digital Transformation: A Spotlight on what Travelers Value”, uncovered that customers value three main things: product, service and convenience. Also, the way they buy flights is evolving as online shopping continues to grow in relevance. For travelers, choices can be......

From gold to paper money to credit cards to virtual payments, money has gradually become less and less tangible over time. In the business world, virtual payments have quickly gained prominence and appear to be the way of the future. But what exactly are virtual......

Travelers pick flights by price and schedule. But if you want to get there as planned, it’s worth paying attention to which type of plane you choose. A data dive shows different types of planes within airline fleets have varying records for on-time arrivals and......

Delta Air Lines is now the first U.S. global carrier to offer free mobile messaging, providing more customers access to free messaging than any other carrier. The airline also has the most aircraft enabled with free messaging. This new, complimentary capability enables customers to stay fully......

Corporate travel programs should prioritize total trip convenience for travelers over cost savings for the business, says a new global study from Sabre and GBTA. According to the report: “For companies around the world, enhancing the travel experience for employees instead of cutting corners on......

Gabe Rizzi Joins Telcom Leaders in London for Digital Transformation Discussion London, UK (Nov. 6, 2017) – Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi joined BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions and a key Travel Leaders Group technology partner, at......

Beginning December 9th, Delta Shuttle flights to Chicago and Washington, D.C., will relocate from the Marine Air Terminal to Terminal C, where customers will enjoy enhanced amenities while retaining the distinct Delta Shuttle product. Shuttle flights from LaGuardia to Boston already operate from Terminal C.......

Security measures have taken effect on all US-bound flights to comply with government requirements aimed at avoiding an in-cabin laptop ban. The changes mean that travelers could face brief interviews at check-in or at the gate. Several airlines have implemented different policies to comply, including......

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, six airlines – American Airlines, American Shuttle, Delta Shuttle, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines – will relocate terminals at LaGuardia Airport.  The airline relocation will help to improve the travel experience and accommodate the ongoing redevelopment to build a new unified LaGuardia with better amenities,......

An overwhelming 7.8 billion travelers are projected to fly in 2036, according to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) latest 20-year forecast. The massive figure represents a near doubling of the 4 billion passengers expected to take to the skies in 2017. The updated prediction......

Gone are the days where business trips meant all work and no play. Business travel presents the perfect opportunity to learn another way of doing things; soaking up new cultures, working remotely, and most importantly, tacking a few leisure days onto your stay. And Travel......

From a controversial U.S. travel ban to questions about the implementation of Brexit to a devastating Atlantic hurricane season, the past year required business travelers to adapt and change course, sometimes at a moment’s notice. At the same time, global economic growth finally looks healthy......

The Jan. 22 deadline is nearing for state compliance with federal Real ID requirements. U.S. state driver’s licenses that comply can be used to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. All but a handful of states and territories have achieved compliance or have achieved an......

Security threats and natural disasters were the biggest reasons decision makers modified travelers’ itineraries this year, according to a global survey by ISOS and Ipsos Mori. Why? “The immediate obvious risks, such as the recent hurricanes and unforeseeable security incidents, will see organizations scrutinized in......

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has enacted a stricter cancellation policy across its system for hotel reservations made or altered after Jan. 1. Bookings canceled within 48 hours of a guest’s stay will incur a fee. The move is in line with policies established by Marriott and......

Organizations are increasingly consolidating their travel, meeting, and event programs, according to a recent study from the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. In fact, these consolidations are up 62 percent in just the past two years, and if this pace keeps up, two-thirds of programs......

The State Department launched a travel advisory system that informs and advises U.S. travelers about the level of risk in each country around the world. The department’s new system also provides a mobile-friendly map that color-codes risk levels and displays the location and contact information......

A number of the country’s top carriers have announced rules that would limit the use of high-tech bags, over fear of potential battery combustion. American Airlines led the charge on the ban. The carrier noted a policy change that “Beginning Jan. 15, customers who travel......

A recent study by Expert Market analyzed the average cost of business trips in 100 cities in the U.S., as well as 100 non-U.S. cities, looking at the daily cost of accommodation, taxis or car rental and food, to uncover how much companies were forking......

Millions of travelers pass through airports each day without understanding how powerful and insecure a boarding pass can be. Anyone can scan the boarding pass barcode with a mobile app, allowing access to frequent-flyer accounts and even a passenger’s temporary airline account. The average airline......

Travel Leaders Group has reached an agreement to acquire Barrhead Travel Group, one of Scotland’s largest retail travel companies and one of the largest in the United Kingdom, with more than 75 locations and more than 900 employees and agents. Barrhead will become part of......

Code-sharing, where one airline puts its flight number on another airline’s flight and sells it as its own, is growing more frustrating in many cases. The disconnects between connecting airlines have gotten more complicated as airlines unbundle services and create fees for things that used......

Half of US travelers aged 20-36 regularly or occasionally stay in an Airbnb or another home-sharing accommodation, but less than one in four say it’s their preferred type of lodging, according to the 2018 Future of Millennial Travel Report. Full-service hotels are the top choice for......

Travel managers may be familiar with the benefits of virtual cards: They provide a payment solution for those who don’t have corporate cards, and they reduce fraud, time filing expenses and time reconciling transactions, and that all adds up to cost savings. Hotel solutions company......

A broader base of employees are being waved past the velvet rope to enjoy premium-level support from their travel management companies. Gail Grimmett, president of Travel Leaders Luxury Brands, said corporate clients have been putting more of their people under her care. A company that......

As inclement weather has taken its toll on many travelers these last few months, tens of thousands of Travel Leaders Group travel agents have arranged alternative travel plans for their clients the moment the need arises, and given endless advice. Whether it is flight delays and......

Among the things travel buyers care about, savings is arguably the most essential, the most visible, the most measured. Savings, defined here as the gap between published and negotiated price, is at the heart of most negotiations; it is procurement’s guiding light. It’s been this......

Is long-haul business travel still common in the age of the Internet? And if so, is it necessary? The answer is a resounding affirmative. According to data from the Global Business Travel Association, annual business travel is expected to increase 25% between 2013 and 2018. Even......

Mathew Bradley, former CIA agent and now Regional Security Director, Americas, for International SOS (a travel security assistance company) was recently interviewed about his top travel safety tips, both at home and abroad. What does a CIA agent always pack for a trip? A doorstop.......

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat and don’t leave it until the flight is over. That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt......

Kroll cybersecurity explains how to protect smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices from cybercriminals while traveling. When it comes to communication, probably the best single thing you can do, not terribly difficult or terribly expensive thing, is to install VPN (Virtual Private Network) software. What......

BTN provides business travel per diems for 100 U.S. cities and 100 non-U.S. cities, breaking down hotel, food and car rental costs. Cities are also ranked by per-diem costs. Plus, an analysis on market factors in each the U.S., Americas, Asia/Pacific and EMEA, focusing on......

An out-of-date travel policy can have many repercussions, from low compliance and traveler morale to serious consequences for your bottom line — which is why you should be proactively checking your policy several times a year. While they look for new savings opportunities, review supplier......

The vast majority of business travelers feel their companies take duty of care seriously, yet access to various risk management services is far from universal, according to research from the GBTA Foundation. According to their study, Travel Booking Behaviour Impacts on Safety, conducted in partnership......

The travel industry seems to speak its own language which isn’t universally recognized. Confusing acronyms and understanding the idiosyncrasies behind certain terms can make travel-speak challenging for the layperson to say the least. Click here for a Business Travel Glossary cheat sheet. More...

GBTA study identifies the main challenges business travelers face during their travel experience while also looking to understand what organizations are doing to make this experience a better one for their travelers. Check out the list of most challenging aspects for North American business travelers.......

BTN explains how the technology should be playing an important role in automating Tax, VAT and Visas for seamless international business travel experience. Hosted, cloud-based solutions mean sophisticated technologies that previously would have been available only to sizable enterprises now can be accessed by all,......

Increasingly, women and younger business travelers are taking control of their experience, blurring the lines between traveling for work and for pleasure. Despite advances in technology that have made telecommuting and live-streaming conferences and events commonplace, business travel is booming–and the reason has as much......

Staying safe while you’re traveling for business should always be a priority for you and your company. This is especially true for women traveling by themselves, who can be more vulnerable to harassment and assault. Forty percent of business travelers in 2017 were women, and......

Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel, according to a report by the GBTA Foundation. Layovers, changing a flight or train reservation mid-trip, the work environment while traveling and preparing expense reports also topped the list of most challenging aspects......

Duty of Care, or the responsibility of a company to protect its employees, is increasingly a concern for Corporate Travel Managers and Security Teams. Even ordinary travel disruptions — like a transit strike, weather event, or natural disaster – reveal the need for a safety......

Long time travel industry executive and SVP of Corporate Sales at Travel Leaders, Mike Boult, shares his “hows” and “whys” of jet lag, particularly with long-haul flights, and offers tips and tricks for being most productive on your business trip. More...

Up to 75% of company spending on meetings & events is unrelated to travel-related expenses. How can you shrink the huge black hole in your Meetings budget? Most cost-cutting exercises lead back to the crafting and enforcement of the company Meeting & Events Policy. More...

There can be a variation in hotel rates between Online Travel Agencies and Travel Management Companies but are you really saving money? The following insightful article from Travel Leaders President and CSO, Gabe Rizzi, offers tips on corporate hotel rates and what you should look......

Many companies run large meetings in such a siloed manner they have no idea that they could benefit from leveraging a partner to assist with meetings management. But what is the best way to track, manage and control this expense? Travel Leaders compiled the top......

A good travel manager has to keep track of a lot! From trip expenses to traveler safety, there are numerous tasks that will keep a travel program leader busy. Take a look at these tips to keep your business travel program on track. More...

It’s heartbreaking to know that 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 6 children struggle with hunger in our country and Travel Leaders is doing what we can to make a difference. If you would like to join our crusade, we have partnered with Feeding......

When a meeting goes wrong, people remember it. The logistics involved are routinely underestimated, and company-wide costs are siloed and hard to measure. This short primer discusses the steps you can take to ensure your meetings will be smooth and successful. More....

T&E spending is not only a company’s second or third largest expense, but also it is a complex category to fully comprehend. Find out why and how smart companies are investing in obtaining complete travel data and turning those insights into actionable information to see......

View the slide deck that shows the different travel patterns and behaviors of older and younger business travelers within a company. Companies should review the travel patterns by different age group of travelers and adjust their travel policies accordingly. More...

According to our 2018 Travel Leaders Group Business Travel Trends survey, the number one concern of frequent travelers is flight delays. Find out how Travel Leaders Connect can save you from all the hassles of flight delays, gate changes, and rebooking assist. More...

There are many things that women can do to protect themselves when they travel. Preventive planning is key, so before boarding the plane, take the time to consider these travel safety tips. More...

Investigation reveals a strong correlation between the frequency of business travel and a wide range of physical and behavioral health risk. Find out how companies can help their employees with stress management and motivate them to develop healthy habits while traveling. More...

According to tClara, the average road warrior takes 26 trips per year and spends roughly 84 nights away from home. Chances are, your most frequent travelers are finding it difficult to manage the stress and inconveniences of life on the road. What can you do......

Business travel, especially international business travel, can put organizations and their employees at risk for cyberattacks. Protecting a mobile workforce is challenging for any business; risk mitigation plays an integral role in keeping both personal and business information secure while on the road. Read more......

If you’ve spent time in a long airport security line, you’ve probably given some thought to some of the available shortcuts – TSA PreCheck®, Global Entry and CLEAR. With record numbers of airline passengers – over 771 million people boarded U.S. planes in 2017 –......

Across the board, hotels are making their customers happier than ever, according to the J.D. Power 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study. Now in its 22nd year, the study measures overall guest satisfaction across eight hotel segments, from economy to extended stay to luxury.......

New, more user-friendly service gives business travelers speedier resolution of travel disruptions New York, NY (August 12, 2018) –Travel Leaders Corporate has rolled out its new CONNECT 2.0 mobile texting tool, available to all corporate clients in the U.S. and Canada. SMS-based CONNECT provides business......

New product offering gives companies choices in how to analyze and track their travel data New York, NY (Aug. 12, 2018) –Travel Leaders Corporate has introduced a revamped and improved data offering called Business Travel Insights (BTI), as part of its comprehensive suite of corporate......

Maybe you’ve attended a large conference or meeting for work, but have you ever wondered how all of the many moving parts of an event come together? Professional Meeting Planners who have the skills and creativity to work through even the toughest logistical challenges, and......

When you’re considering a hotel for a business meeting, the RFP process can at times can seem like weird science. Many companies source hotels for meetings & events via eRFP software. But once you receive the proposals, how do you know if you are getting......

American Airlines’ basic economy tickets now come with one less restriction. Travelers are allowed to bring a standard carry-on bag in addition to a personal item that fits under the seat in front of them. Prior to September 5th, passengers we only allowed to bring......

If keeping up with business travel trends is your job, take a look at the results of Travel Leaders Group’s analysis of their top US partners’ year-over-year spending and behavioral data. As airlines and hotels continue to press yield management, contracted and negotiated rates become......

The more time you spend worrying about unplanned events that interfere with your business trip, the less productive you are. Which is why it’s imperative to travel efficiently. Travel Management Companies (TMCs) are invaluable assets to help business travelers maximize their efficiencies, but not every......

There are many lessons to learn by looking through travel program data. The more you dig, the more insights you’ll pick up. Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi lays out some of the genres you should read up on and describes how each can help......

Delta and United recently unveiled enhancements to their corporate travel programs. Delta’s changes are mainly focused on extending existing corporate benefits to flights through its partners, Air France and KLM. United rolled out Corporate Preferred, a new program that awards a variety of benefits depending......

Imagine a world where every potential risk to your travelers is mapped and verified in near real time globally leveraging AI (Artificial intelligence) and social media and delivered in rich visuals right on your desktop? That world is here and our solution is CARE! Check......

The Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) released a detailed study that challenges the wisdom of emphasizing cost savings when managing business travel. Their research finds that management should prioritize trip success rates and retention of their frequent corporate travelers. More...

Five airports that often put your connecting flight at risk; and the five airports where it’s easiest to connect. As a travel management company, we watch the transfer times in your itinerary and have a backup plan if you miss your plane. More...

When discussing the challenges disabled business travelers face, education plays as big a role as expectation management, both for the traveler and for the organization at large. It’s your duty of care obligation to ensure disabled travelers are treated with consideration, equality and respect; enjoy......

Big events and meetings are projects like any other with a beginning & end, and milestones & deliverables in between. They have to be managed like a technology deployment or software implementation with a project manager and a support team. The major difference is obviously......

The GBTA Foundation released a new study focused on creating a frictionless travel experience. The study surveyed business travelers across the globe and revealed the dramatic impact business travel has on employee retention, recruitment and results that are important to every company’s bottom line. More...

While corporate travel at large claims to have a major focus on safety, research shows that women who travel for business routinely face safety threats. More needs to be done by companies to protect women and empower them to thrive professionally when traveling. More...

The experts at ViewFrom36k define Duty of Care and its implications for the business traveler New York, NY (Nov. 13, 2018) – Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, airline crashes. The news is filled with reminders of the unexpected events that can impact business travelers. Even more......

Even as worldwide spending on business travel is poised to grow higher, many corporations have as little as 60-70 percent visibility into their total costs. That’s because they’re only studying their business travelers’ air, hotel and car rental bookings versus including what was actually spent.......

From advancements in technology to changes in online booking websites, the travel industry is in a constant state of motion. We got the inside scoop from industry leaders to help you keep up. More...