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Christopherson Business Travel Launches TripIt Integration

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Christopherson Business Travel and TripIt today announced a partnership to offer TripIt’s interactive trip management services to Christopherson’s travelers.
The fully integrated solution seamlessly connects Christopherson Business Travel’s proprietary AirPortal web platform to TripIt. Travelers receive an enhanced master itinerary that contains weather forecasts, maps, directions and other important details related to the trip. The itineraries are accessible online or via one of TripIt’s free mobile applications.
In addition, travelers can use TripIt’s “Itinerator” email parsing technology to combine reservations and information about restaurants, event tickets and even personal travel – elements typically not booked by a corporate travel agency.
Christopherson has long been known for developing proprietary technology to improve business travel management and the traveler experience. This partnership with TripIt is a valuable extension of Christopherson technology to include leading 3rd party applications.
“Technology for travelers – particularly in the mobile arena – is proliferating at lightning speed and we must be able to keep up,” said Mike Cameron, President of Christopherson Business Travel. “TripIt’s open architecture and public API allow us, through a single integration point, to provide access to dozens of other TripIt integrated applications that our clients and travelers want to utilize to enhance the travel experience.”
Christopherson Business Travel will also provide its clients with preferred access to TripIt Pro, TripIt’s awardwinning premium service for frequent travelers. TripIt Pro offers itinerary monitoring with mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent-traveler point tracking and other tools aimed at improving the overall travel experience.
About Christopherson Business Travel
Christopherson Business Travel, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is the independently owned leader in business travel management in the western U.S. With over 220 team members, and 35 offices, the company supports more than $200 million in annual travel bookings. Christopherson Business Travel provides intelligent travel management to more than 800 successful companies. Christopherson is an affiliate of BCD Travel – the leading provider of global travel logistics. BCD operates in 90 countries with $14 billion in annual travel management bookings and a combined worldwide workforce in excess of 13,000. To learn more about Christopherson Business Travel, visit www.
About TripIt
TripIt, the mobile travel management company, helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where
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they book. Travelers simply forward their travel confirmation emails from over 1,000 sites to TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus maps, directions and more. With TripIt it’s easy to share and collaborate on trips with friends and colleagues using social networks or TripIt Groups. TripIt itineraries can be accessed online, via mobile device using free Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps, or TripIt is an open itinerary platform that works with a growing eco-system of travel and mobile partners. TripIt Pro premium service for frequent travelers automatically monitors travel itineraries, providing mobile alerts, alternate flight options, frequent traveler point tracking and automated trip sharing. More at

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In case you haven’t heard….

After a review of Avis Budget’s $1.33 billion bid by Dollar Thrifty’s board of directors, Dollar Thrifty turned down the offer.   Even though Avis’s offer is higher than the $1.13 billion dollar offer in place with Hertz, Dollar has decided to decline Avis’s offer.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has set Sept. 8 as the effective date for a new $10 fee on foreign visitors, which will help fund the new tourism promotion program created by the Travel Promotion Act.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car will start delivering electric cars to some non-airport locations in January.
The company will initially deliver 500 Nissan Leaf vehicles to neighborhood branches with the infrastructure to support the cars.
Tourism businesses in the Gulf Coast region could lose between $7.6 billion and $22.7 billion in visitor spending over the next three years, according to research commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association.  In addition to developing recommended actions for the government, U.S. Travel  endorsed an idea  earlier this month where BP would set set up a $500 million emergency marketing fund that would be disbursed as grants to local destinations for information and marketing campaigns.
Spirit Airlines… another fee?  When speaking with an airport employee becomes an option rather than a necessity, Spirit Airlines is thinking about charging for that service, CEO Ben Baldanza told ABC News on Tuesday. “When there’s a way for customers to do it themselves electronically, at that point, we could consider charging a few dollars to interact with a human,” he said. “But if the only way we can do the transaction for you is to talk to a human, we’re not going to charge you for that.”

TSA Week at a Glance: 7/26/10 thru 8/01/10 –

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Mexicana Airlines Is In Trouble

This past week has not been a good week for Mexicana Airlines.
First, the US government declared that Mexico no longer is a Category 1 country, in regards to their airport and airline security. This means that travelers on flights that originate or connect through Mexico have to undergo more scrunity when they arrive in the USA. In addition and this is the part that really hurts Mexicana, is that US airlines cannot code share with Mexican airlines. Mexicana was a code share partner with American Airlines which meant that many people who thought that they were booking their trips on American Airlines going to various Mexican destinations. The change in status means that people may not book the same connection as they would when they thought it was all on one airline. So that was a hit on the bottomline of Mexicana.
Then on Tuesday, Mexicana announced that a number of investors that had been looking at investing more money into the airline decided not to. The result of this action has caused Mexicana to file for bankruptcy. Inititally Mexicana said that there would be no disruption of service however as of this morning Mexicana has announced that they have stopped flying. Pending their ability to find new backing, Mexicana may not be back.
At Christopherson Travel we have been taking a proactive approach of contacting all of our clients who are booked on Mexicana and taking steps to protect them on other airlines when possible. Failing that, we’ve been working on getting the unused tickets refunded before it is too late.
If someone has booked travel on Mexicana and doesn’t have a pro-active agency working for them, they may not find out about this until after Mexicana is gone and then the only recourse will be to dispute the charge on their credit card and purchase a new ticket at whatever the price is at that point in time.
This is why I always suggest to clients, pay with a credit card, not a debit card and work with a professional travel agency.