Two Steps Closer to a 2-Channel Future

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Travel managers, you’re gonna need a two-channel booking strategy.  Maybe not this year, but fairly soon in the scheme of corporate travel time.

The second shoe dropped last week, when The Company Dime broke the news (paywall, worth it) about airlines making complex trips (roughly anything not a simple one-way or round-trip) more expensive  – sometimes moderately, sometimes drastically more expensive.

Reliable sources estimate these complex trips to be anywhere from 7% to 16% of a corporate account’s transactions, depending on your definition and travel patterns.  Call it 10%  – that’s a significant chunk of bookings that are now at risk of much higher prices.

The cost-avoiding solution is to book each individual destination within the itinerary as

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Top 5 Posts in 2015; What should I write about in 2016?

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Pencil as a question markLet’s start 2016 off in the right direction..

Please tell me what you’d like me to write about.

To make things quick, easy and anonymous, here’s a 1-question survey of possible topics:

Tell Gillespie what to write about

If you’re not into super-short surveys, you can always drop me a line at scott.gillespie2008@gmail.com, or post a comment or two below.

Here are the five most-read posts during 2015:

#1 Why TMCs Need a Dramatically Different Sales Approach

#2 Hotel RFP Hell: Is The End at Hand?

#3 On Concur’s Future

#4 Lufthansa Accelerates Managed Travel 2.0

#5 A Better Way to Manage Road Warriors and Their Costs

Many thanks for reading, and great good wishes for an interesting 2016!