Category Archives: Cool Tools

4 Services for Reducing Traveler Friction

Innovation and traveler friction are popular topics for you folks, so here are a few quick profiles of new ways to make life easier for travelers. DUFL – Allows travelers to travel without luggage.  A mashup of FedEx and your favorite … Continue reading

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SmartTrip Delivers Shared Travel Savings – Bravo!

Travel managers have a powerful new tool to coax more savings from their travelers. Runzheimer’s new SmartTrip tool solves the problem with a simple equation: Good Trip Budgeting + Traveler Self-Interest = Shared Savings How it works:  The traveler enters … Continue reading

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ProcureApp’s Clever Compliance Tool

Disclosure: I’ve served  ProcureApp as an unpaid advisor. Procurement folks hate undiscounted spend.  They’ll love ProcureApp.  Why? Because it detects when a buyer (think traveler) has wandered onto a non-approved supplier’s website. When that happens, a friendly message pops up. … Continue reading

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Short’s Book It: A Brilliant Booking Breakthrough

Short’s Travel, arguably the most innovative TMC in North America, has done it again*. Book It** allows a corporate traveler to search for airfares on any site, then e-mail the selected flight info to Short’s for booking and en-route servicing. … Continue reading

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Naked Airfares: Price, Quality and Value Revealed

Here’s a great way to see the full value picture when your travelers are shopping for airfares: InsideTrip calculates a trip quality score for each flight that you’re considering. It factors in a dozen elements covering the itinerary’s speed, comfort … Continue reading

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Unexpected Airline Innovations

Two airlines are taking a broader view of their mission.  Virgin Atlantic and Emirates have recently helped bring two innovations to the market, and neither has anything to do with moving people from one airport to another. Virgin Atlantic has … Continue reading

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Cutting Taxi Costs and CO2

You’re in a long line outside an airport, waiting for a taxi and wondering how many people in front of you are going to the same place.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could pair up?  Save time, money and … Continue reading

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Verbal Translation via iPhone

Here’s a cool – bordering on bizzare – new app that your international travelers will want to check out, assuming they have an iPhone: It is designed to translate spoken English into spoken French, German and Arabic.  It was developed … Continue reading

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Google’s “Social Search” and Travel

Google is shaking up the travel world again.  I caught this article on Tnooz, just before heading down to the CASMA conference sessions.  That’s on hold until  can get my mind wrapped around this new tool. Called Social Search, Google … Continue reading

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Trippy – Tomorrow’s Biz Trip Planning Tool?

Take a look at how we might be planning business trips in the very near future.   The video below plans some ground-based activities of a leisure trip, but you’ll quickly see how this tool could be used in a business … Continue reading

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