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Business Travel News Roundup: February 2021

A monthly roundup of business travel news, featuring important technology updates, helpful links and resources, and the latest from the industry.

A New AirBank for Superior Unused Ticket Management  

Phase one of the update to our unused airline ticket management tool, AirBank, is complete. Users will continue to access the tool via AirPortal. AirBank’s enhancements are the result of our new integration with Magnatech, a leading developer of travel management software. This integration strengthens AirBank to provide:  

  • Superior data accuracy  
  • Greater visibility into your unused ticket funds  
  • Improved management of non-profiled travelers’ unused funds  

Additional updates will continue to be made throughout the month. We’ll keep you informed as those enhancements go live. If customers have any immediate questions, please reach out to your Account Manager or our Account Support Team.     

State/Country Travel Restriction Database

Use Christopherson’s new travel tool, powered by Sherpa, to help you quickly see the current COVID-19 travel guidelines, entry restrictions, risk levels, quarantine measures, and more for domestic and international destinations. We invite you to bookmark the link and share it with your travelers.

Negative COVID Tests Required for International Travelers Coming to U.S.  

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, all travelers age 2 and older boarding international flights to the United States must present a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before their flight or proof they recovered from the virus within the past three months. Here’s how to do so 

How to Safely Host In-Person Meetings 

Andavo Meetings & Incentives, Christopherson’s meetings and event planning division, outlined six important things to consider when planning and hosting a safe, in-person corporate meeting or event 

Executive Q&A with Christopherson’s CEO  

We took the opportunity to sit down with our CEO, Mike Cameron, to get his reflections on the challenges of 2020, learn how Christopherson is currently doing, and find out what he sees for the future. Check out the interview here 

Are you using all the technology Christopherson provides?  

AirPortal, our integrated technology platform, offers secure, real-time visibility into your entire business travel program. It is provided to Christopherson customers at no costWe encourage you to use the full suite of AirPortal’s intelligent tools to manage a more streamlined, cost-effective travel program 

Hotel Sourcing Strategies for 2021 

Despite the uncertainties 2020 brought, here are concrete steps you can take to secure better hotel rates in 2021.  

Global Vaccination Programs – A Research Snapshot  

Countries have begun their vaccination programs. But how long will it take to vaccinate entire adult populations? What plans do governments have and what progress have they made so far? Based on official data and government declarations, our global affiliate BCD Travel put together two Research Snapshots to provide a quick look at what may lie ahead for some European countries and a small selection of countries outside of Europe.   

WEBINAR: iBank Training 

Did you miss our iBank training webinar last month? Customers can reach out to their Account Manager or our Account Support Team for the recording link. The presentation provides an overview of the updated interface and outlines what’s new in the tool

Good News Break 

Because we all need a break sometimes, here are a few non-travel-related stories our team members enjoyed:

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