Category Archives: TIILTS

“Book It” Will Spark Travel Value Engines

Book It, the oh-so-clever service from Short’s Travel, is a game changer. Book It makes the “Shop anywhere, but book it here” concept practical for corporate travelers. Travelers can use any website to find an itinerary and fare they like, … Continue reading

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Travel Search Innovation – the Next Breakthrough

My, what a contrast in travel innovation. The first two presenters at today’s PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit were Hipmunk and Evature. Both focus on simplifying the travel search process. Pay attention to the implications for corporate travel. Hipmunk is focusing … Continue reading

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Direct Connect By Google – Oh Yes

It’s a simple formula. Google Flight Search + Airlines’ Hunger for Direct Connect = Trouble for GDSs. You may think Google Flight Search is just another meta search tool.  I think it is a major step in a campaign to … Continue reading

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Innovative Boarding Method Could Save Big Bucks

Who says that innovation requires fancy new technology?  Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist, figured out a much faster way for passengers to board an airplane.  OK, so he did use a computer to model the problem, but the solution is elegantly … Continue reading

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New Types of Hotel Rates Ahead

Let’s face it, it’s just a matter of time before hotels start offering non-refundable rates to corporations.  And you thought the hotel RFP process was already a pain in the butt. Just wait until buyers have to try comparing a … Continue reading

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Why Hotels Need Bar Codes

Talk to anybody who has tried to clean up corporate hotel data, and you’ll know they hate doing it. It’s a pain in the butt to take a company’s hotel booking data from its TMC, and merge it with the … Continue reading

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Travel Booking Tool Goes Gaming

Wondering where “gamification” will show up in your travel program?  Have a look at SERKO’s  self-booking tool for a peek at the future: Darrin Grafton, SERKO’s CEO, designed his booking tool’s behavior reward module to

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TIILTS: Socially Aware Reservations

There’s got to be a way to cut through all the clutter when it comes to travel-related offers.  One solution may be to create socially aware offers tied to what’s known about the traveler. Start with  a booked (or just … Continue reading

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TIILTS: Making Traveler Profiles Social

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy way for updating your traveler profile?  Regardless of which travel agencies, online sites or airlines you use?  A place where any travel supplier could – with your permission – access your most … Continue reading

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TIILTS: Policy Points for Good Self-Bookings

TIILTS stands for Travel Innovations I’d Like To See.  You’ll see quite a few more of these in the weeks to come. This first one deals with corporate self-booking tools. There’s a trend toward empowering corporate travelers when it comes … Continue reading

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