Travel Payments

  • Travel Startups Take A Personalized Approach To Airport Pickups

    April 2, 2019 Travel Startups Personalize Airport PickupsTravel companies often tackle the odyssey from home to destination and back, but Welcome Pickups is taking a different approach. The Greece-based company focuses squarely on transportation and other services ...
  • Deep Dive: Competition Brings Innovation Into Focus

    April 2, 2019 Merchants in both the food and accommodation space are interested in investing innovation to stay competitive. However, these merchants offer relatively few in-store features. The following Deep Dive examines how ...
  • easyJet: Drawn-Out Brexit Could Impact Earnings

    April 2, 2019 Amid the pending withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union (EU), easyJet noted that travelers are more reserved with their ticket bookings as the the future relations between Britain ...
  • Logistics Scores Another Unicorn For B2B Startups

    March 29, 2019 Equity investments reigned this week, thanks to backing for accounts payable (AP) automation firm MineralTree and treasury management company Kyriba, but it was the logistics market that saw the largest ...
  • Why Hotels And Restaurants Struggle With POS Innovation

    March 26, 2019 When it comes to implementing innovation, trying and succeeding are two different things. This is a fact that hotels and restaurants know all too well. As much as 77.4 percent of ...
  • Data Dive, Big Launches Edition: Google, Sephora And PayPal

    March 18, 2019 Mid-March is more famous for spectacular endings than big beginnings – likely because one of the more high-profile political assassinations (and BFF break-ups) in history is forever associated with the ...
  • How Digital Verification Creates Seamless Experiences For Shoppers

    March 18, 2019 How Digital Verification Creates Seamless Experiences For ShoppersIn the digital age of subscription boxes and rideshares, consumers expect seamless experiences, whether they are ordering clothes for their wardrobes or hailing rides to their destinations. And the onboarding ...
  • OpenTable Tightens Control Over Diners’ Data

    March 15, 2019 OpenTable Tightens Control Over Diners' DataIn a move that strengthens the battle for control of information that diners provide online, OpenTable is preventing restaurants from providing competitors with access to data from its platform. With ...
  • Klook’s Global Ambitions For One-Stop Activity Shopping

    March 12, 2019 Klook Offers One-Stop Travel Activity BookingsIn the digital age, booking travel is pretty easy for consumers when it comes to getting to a destination or finding a place to stay. In fact, options and innovations ...
  • Google Debuts Travel Bookings Feature

    March 12, 2019 Google last week highlighted its travel insights tool, which enables users to see flight price trends for routes or locate cities where there are hotel deals. In a blog post last ...
  • Airbnb Buys Hotel Tonight

    March 7, 2019 Airbnb Buys HotelTonight For More Travel OptionsHome rental marketplace Airbnb has acquired Hotel Tonight, a company that aids travelers in finding discounted hotel rooms, according to a report from Reuters. The move is a step toward expanding ...
  • Inova Payroll Targets Hospitality With API Integration

    March 7, 2019 Payroll solutions provider Inova Payroll has debuted an application programming interface (API) integration with M3, an accounting and human capital management (HCM) platform developed for the hospitality industry. In a press ...
  • How Airport Accommodations Tap Into Mobile Technology (And Sleep)

    March 6, 2019 AirportTo serve travelers looking to get some rest at the airport, hospitality concepts are providing spaces to help consumers relax and catch a nap. While new concepts such as sleeping ...
  • How POS Financing Can Make The Friendly Skies Much Friendlier

    March 6, 2019 UATP, Uplift Add More Travel Payment MethodsThe family vacation to Disney World. The trip to a best friend’s destination wedding. The retired couple’s once-in-a-lifetime bucket list getaway. There are all kinds of reasons that consumers want or ...
  • Certify Merges With Chrome River In $1B Deal

    March 5, 2019 Certify Merges With Chrome River In $1B DealCertify and Chrome River Technologies, two leading travel, expense and invoice management software companies, have announced a $1 billion merger. In a press release, the two companies said the combined entity will ...
  • Chinese Gov’t Blocks Millions From Buying Travel Tix

    March 5, 2019 Millions of Chinese travelers were banned from buying airline tickets last year because of outstanding social credit offenses. According to the Associated Press, individuals were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times ...
  • Reimagining Hotel Booking Experiences Via Curated Mobile Apps

    March 4, 2019 Reimagining Hotel Booking Experiences With AppsTo help define travel for the next generation of adventurers, Porter & Sail is combining discovery and booking it leans toward full-platform experiences. The app seeks to be a one-stop ...
  • How Digital Platforms Innovate For Adventurers In The Airbnb Age

    March 4, 2019 Digital Travel PlatformWith people from around the world making connections through the web, digital marketplaces are offering common ground on which property owners and renters can meet. At the same time, however, ...
  • Apple Adds Delivery, Flight Siri Shortcuts

    March 1, 2019 Apple has launched five new Siri Shortcuts that are now available. The Siri Shortcuts feature was introduced last fall as part of iOS 12. According to USA Today, the tech giant ...
  • NCR Expands Hospitality Reach With BEC Buy

    February 24, 2019 NCR announced late last week the acquisition of BEC, a provider of hospitality point-of-sale (POS) technology based in Denver. In a press release, NCR said the acquisition complements its existing presence as well as ...
  • Neiman Marcus Taps Into The Travel Vertical

    February 21, 2019 Neiman Marcus Taps Into Travel VerticalNeiman Marcus is expanding its horizons with travel this spring – though not by going anywhere itself. Instead, the department store has announced it will be unveiling its latest campaign ...
  • Why Flexibility’s The Ticket For Online Festival Booking Platforms

    February 19, 2019 FesticketDigital platforms for music festival experiences often come as a means of providing information. The U.K.’s Festicket, for instance, was started with the aim of helping consumers learn more about ...
  • Unpacking The Luggage Storage Services Business Model

    February 13, 2019 Luggage Storage ServiceSome entrepreneurs have been inspired to find new solutions to common travel challenges such as storing luggage for guests of home shares: LuggageHero Founder and CEO Jannik Lawaetz, for instance, ...
  • Outdoorsy On Adventure Travelers, Driveway Surfers And Trying To Be The Airbnb For RVs

    February 11, 2019 Outdoorsy On Connecting Travelers With RVsEntrepreneurs sometimes see opportunity in places that are far from the hustle and bustle of city life: When spending time in San Francisco, Outdoorsy Co-founder and CEO Jeff Cavins spotted ...
  • Why Airlines Need To Get Their Wheels Up On Alt Payments

    February 7, 2019 Time is up. That — according to CEO Kristian Gjerding of CellPoint Mobile and CEO Ralph Kaiser of Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP) — is the reality that airlines and other travel vertical players must ...
  • Mastercard, Brex Pair On Biz Travel Rewards

    February 6, 2019 Brex has announced that it is partnering with Mastercard to issue the World Elite Mastercard for Business, offering an enhanced rewards structure and expanded suite of travel benefits. Started in 2017 ...
  • Recharge On The Flexible Hotel, Home Stay

    February 4, 2019 Recharge on Making Hotel, Home Stays FlexibleTravel startups are seeing the need for lodging in a whole new way. In addition to renting a hotel room or home share for a faraway vacation, Recharge CEO Manny ...
  • Scoring A Touchdown For Consumer Choice

    January 30, 2019 Today in Data Super Bowl IoTCustomers want what they want, whether that be a voice assistant, a family vacation or to place a wager on the biggest football game of the year. The question is ...
  • Travel Startup Uplift Raises $123 Million

    January 23, 2019 Travel Startup UpLift Raises $123 MillionTravel startup Uplift has raised $123 million in a Series C funding round, according to a report in TechCrunch. The company’s CEO, Brian Barth, previously founded travel startup SideStep, but ...
  • Alipay: Chinese Tourists Prefer Mobile Payments

    January 21, 2019 Alipay: Chinese Tourists Prefer Mobile PaymentsNielsen, a global information and measurement company, and financial services company Alipay teamed up to create a survey about the trends and habits of Chinese tourists. The survey, called “2018 Trends for ...
  • UnionPay Footprint Expands Just In Time For Spring Festival

    January 21, 2019 UnionPay Footprint Expands for Chinese TourismChinese consumers are planning to celebrate the Chinese New Year by traveling outside of the country, prompting UnionPay to expand its acceptance footprint. In a press release, the payments company – ...
  • Certify Enters Procure-To-Pay Market

    January 18, 2019 Corporate expense management company Certify is stepping into the procure-to-pay arena with the launch of Certify Purchasing, announced Thursday (Jan. 17). The solution, designed for finance professionals, enables automated procurement-related tasks, ...
  • Marriott Revamps Loyalty Program Post-Breach

    January 16, 2019 MarriottAs Marriott International recovers from a data breach, the company is rebranding its loyalty program as Marriott Bonvoy.  That offering will roll out in mid-February, along with new branding and a new logo in its hotels ...
  • Mastercard Teams With NYC & Company In New Global Partnership

    January 16, 2019 Mastercard Teams With NYC & Company for TourismIn a new global multi-year partnership, Mastercard has teamed up with NYC & Company. The company will also become the organization’s preferred payment technology and will be integrated into the global ...
  • Eyeing IPO, Airbnb Asserts Back-To-Back Profitability

    January 15, 2019 Airbnb, one of several tech giant companies potentially getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO) this year, said on Tuesday (Jan. 15) that it’s been profitable for two straight ...
  • Are Vending Machines Contextual Commerce’s Next Frontier?

    January 15, 2019 Everyone has a vending machine experience go awry. The bill receptor that wouldn’t take the wrinkled dollar bill, the can of Coke that got stuck on the way down and ...
  • PayPal, HP Team On New POS

    January 11, 2019 HP And PayPal Team Up For New POS PeripheralIn a move to target small and medium-sized businesses and hospitality companies, HP has announced it has teamed up with PayPal to release what it calls an “all-in-one” point of ...
  • WEX Launches Travel Chatbot

    January 10, 2019 WEX AI.io travel chatbotWEX, the global provider of corporate payments solutions, announced Thursday (Jan. 10)  a partnership with AI.io, the voice technology company, to launch Halo Travel, a travel chatbot powered by Priceline ...
  • CA Lawmaker Wants Receipts To Go Digital

    January 9, 2019 A California lawmaker wants to make paper receipts a thing of the past. According to Chain Store Age, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that would make California the first ...
  • The Reality Of Real ID

    January 7, 2019 At times, it seemed it would not get this far: the Real ID Act. States resisted the post-9/11 authentication law, and sought extensions to its deadlines. Citizens raised complaints to lawmakers ...
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