By: Mike Heck, Director of Supplier Solutions
In today’s rapidly changing airline environment, there seems to be daily news on mergers, alliances and joint ventures. As a corporate travel manager, it is important to understand how these are different, and more importantly, how they might impact a corporate agreement you might have with an airline.
A merger is a combination of two companies where one corporation is completely absorbed by another corporation. The most recent merger in the United States was between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America; Alaska absorbed Virgin America and the Virgin brand is no longer in the marketplace. Virtually overnight, Alaska Airlines became the nation’s 5th largest airline. They will be a major player on the west coast and will compete more effectively with the “Big 3” (Delta, United, American), and Southwest. You will also recall that the “Big 3” airlines of Delta, United, and American are products of their own recent mergers (Delta/Northwest, United/Continental, and American/US Air).
According to a recent survey by Allianz Travel Insurance, over half of America’s population has gone at least a year without a vacation. Here at Fox World Travel, we believe everyone deserves a vacation. There are plenty of travel myths out there, leading people to question taking that much-needed vacation. We’re here to bust those myths.
Travel Myth #1: You can’t afford it — Truth: There is a destination for every budget
With so many destinations, there is a getaway for you. With so many great cities to visit in your own state and around the country, there is always an affordable destination that aligns with your interests. There are even affordable flights to destinations in Europe, such as Iceland! One good tip is to cut back on hotels if you plan to sightsee all day. Why spend a heaping amount of cash on a fancy hotel room, when it just serves as a place to sleep at the end of the day?
Travel Myth #2: Traveling to certain places is intimidating — Truth: Research & proper tools can keep you safe
Safety should always be a priority when traveling. Practice safety by using common sense and proper travel tools that tell you about your location. With smartphones outsmarting people, we can now receive updates on locations before we arrive. Thanks to globalization, we can also read tips from locals before we travel somewhere. A small amount of research really goes a long way in making a destination more enjoyable and safe.
Travel Myth #3: You don’t have time — Truth: Not every vacation needs to take a long time
There will always be something going on in life, but making time for yourself is vital. You deserve that trip to Italy you’ve always wanted to take. There will be no perfect time to leave for two weeks, but you will enjoy it, we promise. Vacations also don’t need to take up weeks of your time; sometimes a long weekend to a new location is enough to refresh yourself and experience a new and exciting way of life.
Travel Myth #4: You don’t have anywhere you want to go — Truth: There is a destination for everyone
You may not know it, but there is a place out there that you will love. Not every trip has to be to a big city either. Sometimes living like a local in a village or camping in the middle of nowhere can be the perfect vacation. There truly is a destination for everyone in the world.
Travel Myth #5: You can’t travel alone — Truth: Traveling alone can be extremely rewarding
Absolutely not true. There are so many different ways to travel with others that sometimes it can be really rewarding going solo on a trip. Whether it’s a cruise full of people that want to have a good time, or an escorted group trip to Ireland that is experiencing the same things you are for the first time, going by yourself can be an eye-opening and memorable decision.
There you have it. There are always reasons not to go on vacation but if you do go, you’re sure to find something you love. If you want to find that perfect vacation for your budget, schedule or travel needs, our travel consultants at Fox look forward to sitting down with you and planning out your next getaway.
Give us a call at 1-888-369-8785 or contact us online to book your next trip.
If the topic of travel and expense management conjures up images of piles of time-consuming, headache-inducing paperwork, crumpled receipts, confusing spreadsheets and maybe a clunky app, you’re not alone. In fact, according to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), travelers list expense reporting among the top three frustrations of the travel process. As travel managers and companies strive to reduce traveler friction, bolster employee retention rates and keep control of business travel expenses, the situation is primed for vast improvements. And here’s the good news: business travel experts say technology is at last catching up and helping make business travel expenses easier to manage than ever before.
If you’ve never been to Alaska, now is the time to start thinking about planning a trip to the Last Frontier. Whether you decide to visit by cruise with our very own Colleen Alsberg or Rose Gray, or visit on your own, these are tips that everyone could use. Check out our list of Alaska travel tips straight from the expert of over 20 years of Alaska experience.
Now that GBTA is over, we have your recap from Fox’s employee presentations in case you missed them or just wanted to learn about the variety of interesting, impactful topics discussed.
During the 2018 Global Business Travel Association expo, Fox’s Ben Claxton and JoHannah Greene presented on the
“Top 10 Key Features to Enable on Your SAP Concur Site“. The list is below:
- Custom Messaging
- Custom Landing Page
- Southwest Content
- Compliance Messages
- Seat Selections
- Virtual Payment
- Post Ticket Changes
- Express Checkout
- Traveler Self Service
To continue the conversation and learn how Fox World Travel can transform your Concur user experience, contact contact 888.369.8785.
To better serve business travel clients Fox World Travel has partnered with Domo to deliver a powerful solution for business intelligence. Domo, a data visualization platform, will allow Fox to create a better experience for its clients by providing a user-friendly interface that delivers interactive data and dashboards from multiple data sources.
Business intelligence, reporting and analytics are some of the most important challenges facing travel managers. Domo will provide clients with high level reporting dashboards and the ability to interact with data through drill down capabilities to transaction level detail.
Domo’s real-time data visualization will allow for proactive decision making using data trends. “Looking at your data from the month prior is like driving through your rear-view mirror,” says Dylan Christian, Fox World Travel’s Data Analytics manager, “Our partnership with Domo will enhance our already strong suite of data based technology solutions, and further enhance our travel program consultation offering.”
Domo is a U.S. based computer software company specializing in business intelligence tools and data visualization across a variety of industries. For more information, contact Fox World Travel at 888.369.8785 or visit foxworldtravel.com
With Monday’s panel of “Successful Women Leading in Business Travel” at this year’s GBTA, we wanted to showcase just some of the amazingly talented women that lead Fox today. All of these women are at GBTA this year, with some giving presentations on topics that have a huge impact on the travel industry.
Marino is a highly accomplished travel industry executive with more than two decades of experience. Her strategic leadership positions in operations and technology give her the expertise to understand opportunities from all perspectives.
Marino’s positive and collaborative style has built a team of innovative thinkers at Fox who share a traveler-centric mindset. Under her leadership, Fox has successfully implemented the Business Travel Institute and award-winning Smartpoint adoption, as well as leading-edge initiatives like Fox’s 3i Proprietary Technology suite of traveler tools and data security.
JoHannah began her career in the travel industry more than 20 years ago as a travel agent before spending 10 years as a corporate travel manager.
As a Client Solutions Manager, Greene has overall responsibility and accountability for the success of our clients’ partnership with Fox World Travel. She applies her previous experience in travel management, and now as an industry expert, to help build successful corporate travel programs through education, innovation and collaboration.
Wright has been in the corporate travel industry for more than 20 years. As a Client Solutions Manager, she helps Fox corporate clients build successful corporate travel programs through education and collaboration and by utilizing the travel industry best practices. She is the Administrator of the Fox Travel Manager Institute.
Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Business Travel Association – Wisconsin Chapter (GBTA-WI) as the President/Chairman. She previously served on the board as the VP of Education and the Director for Direct Members.
Koch has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and joined Fox World Travel in 2006. As the Vice President of Global Sales, Maria is responsible for the strategic expansion of the Fox customer-base, both nationally and multi-nationally. She is responsible for the recruitment and support of an experienced sales force capable of fulfilling our corporate objectives.
Maxwell-Smith has more than 25 years of travel industry experience in the Chicagoland marketplace. She brings a broad understanding of the travel industry and communication skills that net a business-to-business relationship built upon a solid foundation. Her role with your organization is one of strategic alignment, ensuring travel initiatives and expectations are properly understood and implemented.
She has been an active member of the Chicago Business Travel Association for more than 20 years serving as Chair of the Educational Committee, Allied Council (founded the Square Table to support Allied Education), Co-Chair Volunteer Committee for the 2006 GBTA Annual Meeting in Chicago, CBTA Volunteer Committee (co-founded). In 2010, Vivian was selected “Member of the Year” by the Chicago Business Travel Association (CBTA). She currently serves on the CBTA Charity/Sponsorship Committee. Vivian is also a member of WINiT (Women In Travel).
Fox World Travel has taken another step towards personalizing the traveler experience. In partnership with FlightGlobal, Fox is delivering predictive flight amenities to every traveler and also including it on Fox Invoice 3i, an interactive invoice that puts needed trip details directly into the hands of the travelers.
Fox understands travelers have very specific traveler preferences. Predictive amenities give travelers the information needed to personalize their flight experience by predicting features such as in-seat power, Wi-Fi, and average legroom.
“We take the time to understand the traveler journey and are committed to innovating ways to make it easier. We are the first FlightGlobal partner to deliver predictive amenities technology directly to our travelers,” said Jeremy Dyken, Director, Application and Product Development. “Knowing ahead of time that your seat is likely to have power or Wi-Fi available will be very helpful, particularly for our business travelers.”
“We always appreciate the enthusiasm at Fox to explore potential new data and analytics solutions that improve the traveler experience,” said Robyn Grassanovits, VP of Traveler Services, FlightGlobal.
Fox World Travel’s Fox Invoice 3i is an interactive invoice that goes beyond the reservation and allows companies to connect with travelers by providing intelligent messaging that aligns with their company culture. This was developed using Fox’s 3i Technology philosophy, providing innovative, intuitive, and intelligent solutions.
FlightGlobal is a pioneer in providing aviation intelligence through data and analytics by developing new capabilities to support travel decision making and planning, leveraging their unique combination of expertise, technology and databases.
For more information on Fox Invoice 3i and predictive flight amenities, contact Fox World Travel at 888.369.8785 or visit foxworldtravel.com.
The passion to guide travelers to their desired destinations has led Fox World Travel to become one of the top travel companies in the country. This success is represented in being named to Inc. 5000 five years running and being ranked #27 on the 2018 Travel Weekly Power List (a ranking of all major business and vacation travel agencies). Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Fox World Travel employs more than 260 associates averaging more than eight years of service.
FlightGlobal helps the aviation ecosystem drive superior performance and precision from the largest expanse of data, by setting commercial strategies, managing financial risks, keeping aircraft flying and improving traveler experience. People turn to FlightGlobal for unrivaled data sources, smart analytics and expert market insight to make more informed decisions. Our data and analytics business is the strategic partner to IATA and ARC and our publishing business leads industry breaking news. Acquisitions of Diio, FlightStats, Innovata and Flight Ascend have advanced FlightGlobal’s portfolio creating the most complex datasets in the industry. Making sense of your industry starts with making sense of the right data.
2019 Dates & Locations Set for Travel Manager Institute
Fox World Travel will continue its focus on providing travel managers the skills and insights needed to succeed through its industry-leading Travel Manager Institute. The program is designed to help travel professionals from various backgrounds and experience levels keep pace with an ever-changing and sometimes complicated industry.