AmTrav Blog

Insights, tricks and tips to help you deliver a great business travel program & traveller experience for your organization.

Webinar & Report: Everybody Wants to Book Online

The results are in: everybody wants to book everything online.

Letter from AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee

Jeff Klee | June 18, 2024

This letter from AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee was sent to AmTrav customers.

TravelPerk acquires AmTrav (Press release)

Elliott McNamee | June 18, 2024

See AmTrav CEO Jeff's letter to customers here.

Allow cabin upgrades on longer flights

Joe Harrington | June 13, 2024

Today, AmTrav is launching a new feature that provides more flexibility for your travel policies....

AmTrav Upgrades Seat Maps to Show Complete Information for Every Flight

Joe Harrington | June 11, 2024

Chicago, June 13, 2024 – Today AmTrav, the one connected platform for business travel, launched...

What’s the Easiest Way to Book Group Air?

Shannon Marvin | May 24, 2024

Planning meetings and events shouldn’t be overwhelming. Yet too often travel coordination –...

All About United for Business Blueprint

Shannon Marvin | May 21, 2024

United for Business Blueprint is United Airlines’ corporate program for small, midsize and large...

Webinar: Tips & Tricks - Travel Policies and Company Settings

Joe Harrington | May 15, 2024

Watch this recording of a live webinar where we unpack valuable features and best practices for...

Webinar: Hotels 101

Elliott McNamee | May 8, 2024

Thank you to hospitality expert Stephen Fitzgerald of Garner for joining us today to help us...

How AmTrav helps you get the most from your SMB programs

Shannon Marvin | May 8, 2024

If you’re a Travel Administrator for your company, chances are you wear a lot of hats. Booking and...

10 Questions to Ask your TMC about NDC

Elliott McNamee | May 6, 2024

The latest GBTA poll from April 2024 shows that 45% of travel administrators aren’t sure when their...

AmTrav Adds Fast, Convenient JSX Flights

Joe Harrington | April 30, 2024

AmTrav, the one connected platform for business travel, is excited to announce that customers can...

Webinar: A Time for Change

Elliott McNamee | April 23, 2024

First, thank you to all who attended, and to our esteemed panel: Kim Hamer of Results Plus...

All About Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards Business

Shannon Marvin | April 22, 2024

Southwest Airlines always prioritizes the customer. And for its business customers, Southwest...

All About SWABIZ, Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Booking Platform

Shannon Marvin | April 22, 2024

Southwest Airlines has long been known for its laser-like focus on the customer experience. The...

View all your past trips in one place

Joe Harrington | April 19, 2024

Which hotel did I stay at last week for that conference in DC? Where’s my invoice for my trip, and...

ADTRAV vs. AmTrav: what's the Difference?

Elliott McNamee | April 12, 2024

AmTrav and ADTRAV, two respected companies that help you book and manage your corporate travel, one...

All About United Airlines PassPlus

Elliott McNamee | April 12, 2024

United PassPlus is a prepaid discount program that gives small and midsize corporate customers fare...

All About United Airlines PerksPlus

Elliott McNamee | April 12, 2024


As of Feb. 1, 2024, bookings through PerksPlus, which allows business customers to accrue...

Making the Most of Unused Tickets For Corporate Travel

Elliott McNamee | April 10, 2024

Learn how to maximize the value of unused tickets for corporate travel and save on travel expenses.

How to Keep Earning AAdvantage on May 1

Elliott McNamee | March 29, 2024

Important update: As of May 29 American Airlines' plan to restrict AAdvantage miles and loyalty...

Webinar: Corporate Hotel Tech & Payments

Elliott McNamee | March 28, 2024

AmTrav was honored to host six providers who work hard every day to make corporate hotel payments...

Webinar - Tips & Tricks: Gather

Joe Harrington | March 21, 2024

Thank you for joining us today for our Tips and Tricks webinar series. This is our second in a...

All About Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles for Business Program

Shannon Marvin | March 20, 2024

Delta offers a program called SkyMiles for Business (formerly SkyBonus) that rewards eligible...

Direct-Only Airline SMB Programs: Advantages & Disadvantages

Elliott McNamee | March 18, 2024

Some airline SMB programs like Southwest Airlines’ SWABIZ, American Airlines' AAdvantage Business,...

All About American Airlines’ AAdvantage Business

Shannon Marvin | March 11, 2024

This post has been updated as of July 19, 2024 to reflect the recent changes to the AAdvantage...

All About Alaska Airlines EasyBiz

Shannon Marvin | March 5, 2024

Alaska Airlines offers a tailored program called EasyBiz designed to meet the needs of the small...

Product Update: add GSA Lodging per diems to your travel policy

Joe Harrington | March 5, 2024

This month AmTrav added a new travel policy option allowing companies to invoke General Services...

Jeff Klee at The Beat Live 2023: "The End of the Beginning"

Jeff Klee | February 29, 2024

Last December, our CEO Jeff Klee delivered the keynote speech at The Beat Live Conference in New...

Keep your AAdvantage with AmTrav

Joe Harrington | February 20, 2024

Important update: As of May 29 American Airlines' plan to restrict AAdvantage miles and loyalty...

Whose Problem Is It?

Elliott McNamee | February 7, 2024

On AmTrav's NDC webinar last week Jeff and Cory shared some insight about how competing TMCs are...

Product Update: Easily clone policies and edit Trip Details at any time

Joe Harrington | February 1, 2024

Some TMCs claim to deliver the same awesome service to mid-market companies that their enterprise...

NDC in 2024 (Recording & Transcript)

Shannon Marvin | February 1, 2024

AmTrav's first webinar of 2024 was a banger featuring our CEO Jeff Klee (follow Jeff on LinkedIn)...

AmTrav delivers software and service

Joe Harrington | January 26, 2024

The other week caught a lot of travelers off guard when serious weather conditions in Dallas and a...

How Much Did Your Company Save with American's Lowest Fares?

Elliott McNamee | January 12, 2024

Last week AmTrav released the “Where are the fAAres?” report diving into how often American...

Where are the fAAres?

Elliott McNamee | January 10, 2024

Last April, American Airlines gave the corporate travel market the biggest shock in the last three...

United Airlines NDC Makes it Easy to Escape Winter Weather

Elliott McNamee | January 4, 2024

Did you see the weather waiver that United Airlines sent out this morning for the snowstorm hitting...

Further Proof that Travel Policy & Approvals Work (More Examples!)

Elliott McNamee | December 18, 2023

Have you ever spent several hours digging through pre-trip approval requests, or a few minutes...

2024 Travel Cost Forecasts

Joe Harrington | December 13, 2023

If you're helming the ship for your team's business travels, we've got your back. We're here to...

AmTrav Upgrades Hotel Shopping

Elliott McNamee | December 5, 2023

What’s your ideal corporate travel tool?

Dis-aggregation is not the Problem

Elliott McNamee | December 3, 2023

It has been a good year for managed travel customers who use AmTrav. Compared to their peers, they ...

How Travel Managers Can Prepare for Changing TMC Economics (part 2 of 3)

Elliott McNamee | November 1, 2023

Following AmTrav’s radically honest TMC Secrets webinar (watch it here), yesterday we shared how...

How TMCs Make Money Today and How that Could Change (Part 1 of 3)

Elliott McNamee | October 31, 2023

Have you ever wondered how your travel management company (TMC) makes money and pays their bills?

All About American Airlines Business Extra

Elliott McNamee | October 18, 2023

In October 2023 American Airlines announced that the Business Extra corporate rewards program would...

Does Travel Policy Work? (Answer: Yes)

Elliott McNamee | October 9, 2023

One occasional request we get when we demo AmTrav’s a2b booking platform to prospective customers...

American Airlines Removes More Fares in August

Elliott McNamee | September 18, 2023

AmTrav has tracked American Airlines’ fare changes since American removed many of their lowest...

Focus on DFW: American Airlines Removes Even More Fares

Elliott McNamee | September 13, 2023

AmTrav has tracked American Airlines’ fare changes since American removed many of their lowest...

Webinar - Maximizing Your Hotel Savings in 2024

Elliott McNamee | September 7, 2023

It's RFP season. And so we are here to talk about how to maximize your hotel savings in 2024, and...

2023 Mid-Year Travel Cost Update: Cooling Down At Last

Elliott McNamee | August 25, 2023

It’s been an interesting (and increasingly expensive!) couple of years watching travel costs, as...

Amid Growing Pains, A Reminder Why We’re Still All-In on NDC

Jeff Klee | August 14, 2023
This is an adapted version of a guest-post that was originally published by The Beat.


Webinar: GBTA 2023 Preview (Aug. 2023)

Joe Harrington | August 2, 2023

So without further ado, mid-year cost update. You may have seen the news. You know, if you follow...

How Cornerstone is Prepared for NDC

Elliott McNamee | June 15, 2023

With decades spent working in corporate travel, the Cornerstone Information Systems team and CEO...

Insider Tips on How to Find the Best Corporate Lodging Rates

Johnathan Vance | June 15, 2023

What Is ‘Corporate Lodging’?

Corporate lodging refers to accommodations used by business travelers...

How to Improve Corporate Travel Policy Compliance

Johnathan Vance | June 13, 2023

In the world of corporate travel, policy compliance is a key factor in controlling costs and...

How to Create a Sustainable Travel Policy for Your Company

Johnathan Vance | June 9, 2023

Sustainability is becoming a priority for companies of all sizes. Environmental, Social, and...

Why Do Airlines Overbook Flights and How to Avoid Getting Bumped

Johnathan Vance | June 7, 2023

In the travel industry, overbooking is standard practice, but why do airlines overbook flights? The...

NDC Bundling: Yea or Nea?

Elliott McNamee | May 26, 2023

Something we hear more and more from airlines, from customers and from prospects: “NDC bundling.”...

Maximize Your Summer Travel Productivity with Amtrav 2023

Johnathan Vance | May 24, 2023

As we eagerly look forward to the summer, we're reminded that this season brings with it unique...

Why the future of work is in corporate travel

Johnathan Vance | May 18, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has indelibly marked our lives, and the ripples are felt distinctly in the...

Webinar Recording: Not Another NDC Webinar

Elliott McNamee | May 17, 2023

AmTrav takes buyers' pressing NDC questions and shares our unique NDC experience on "Not Another...

What Will NDC Cost You?

Elliott McNamee | May 11, 2023

We know what NDC-ready means, we know the benefits of NDC, and we know that not being NDC-ready...

What Does NDC-Ready Mean?

Elliott McNamee | May 10, 2023

Because American Airlines removed 40% of their lowest fares from many corporate booking providers,...

American NDC Fares Analysis (Week 5): Webinar Next Week!

Elliott McNamee | May 8, 2023

I know, I know. You've come to rely on the AmTrav Blog for one-of-a-kind insight into American...

American NDC Fares Analysis (Week 3): Premium Customers Pay More

Elliott McNamee | April 24, 2023

When American's modern retailing strategy was announced in December, one common response from...

How to Choose the Right Corporate Travel Management Solution

Johnathan Vance | April 19, 2023

Navigating the world of corporate travel can be complex and time-consuming, but having the right...

American NDC Fares Analysis (Week 2): Not All Routes Are Created Equal

Elliott McNamee | April 18, 2023

It's been two weeks since American Airlines restricted the sale of their lowest fares to NDC...

How to Control Business Travel Expenses At Your Company

Johnathan Vance | April 17, 2023

As the business landscape evolves and globalization increases, corporate travel has become an...

What Is Bleisure and How Does It Affect Your Travel Policy?

Johnathan Vance | April 13, 2023

What Is “Bleisure”?

You might've heard of the term "bleisure" lately, which is a clever combination...

Top 5 Corporate Travel Policy Best Practices

Johnathan Vance | April 12, 2023

Developing an effective corporate travel policy is essential for companies aiming to optimize their...

Webinar highlights: Hotel Payments present and future

Admin | March 30, 2023

One of the most significant challenges in managing hotel payments for business travel is the...

NDC In-Depth: the tech, the changes, the benefits

Johnathan Vance | March 30, 2023

The travel industry has seen significant shifts in recent years, with an increasing demand for...

AmTrav's Enhanced Platform to Help Business Travelers Navigate American Airlines' New Flight Booking Changes

Elliott McNamee | March 29, 2023

AmTrav, the one connected platform for business travel, today announced upgrades to its corporate...

3 Ways a Travel Management Solution Can Support Your In-House Travel Manager

Admin | March 22, 2023

In-house travel managers face the challenge of juggling multiple responsibilities to ensure their...

One Year of Meetings & Guest Travel Made Easy with AmTrav Gather 🎉

Elliott McNamee | March 21, 2023

Have you heard the news – it’s AmTrav Gather’s first birthday!Hooray! In Gather’s first year 120...

Supporting Business Travelers: How to Turn Your Travel Program Into an Employee Retention Tool

Admin | March 16, 2023

Corporate travel programs are becoming more streamlined and user-friendly as employers recognize...

A 3-Part Guide to Business Travel Expenses: How to Show ROI

Admin | March 6, 2023

As a travel manager, you’re responsible for planning business trips that are both efficient and...

Webinar - Maximizing Travel Program Savings in 2023

Elliott McNamee | February 28, 2023

Hello and welcome to the second installment of our 2023 webinar series brought to you by Amtrav....

Little Things that Drive Your Productivity

Elliott McNamee | February 17, 2023

First off – this is a silly blog post, don’t read it if you’re not up for a silly blog post written...

Three Things we Learned from Soundings+AmTrav 2023 Meetings Outlook

Elliott McNamee | February 15, 2023

Three Things we Learned from Soundings+AmTrav 2023 Meetings Outlook Webinar

Webinar Highlights 2023: NDC comes to america

Elliott McNamee | February 15, 2023

In our webinar, NDC Comes to America, held January 31st, 2023, T2RL CEO and former Vice President...

Product Update: AmTrav Manage pages updates

Elliott McNamee | February 14, 2023

We’re continually updating AmTrav’s one connected platform, including implementing your...

Webinar: NDC Comes to America (Jan. 2023)

Joe Harrington | January 31, 2023

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Finding the Most Reliable Flights this Winter

Elliott McNamee | December 21, 2022

The leaves have fallen off the trees, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes have come and gone, it’s...

Webinar: 2023 Meetings Outlook (Dec. 2022)

Joe Harrington | December 14, 2022

All right, let's get started. Welcome everybody to Amtrav's webinar on the 2023 Meetings Outlook,...

Webinar: Forecasting Your 2023 Travel Budget (Dec. 2022)

Joe Harrington | December 7, 2022

Hello and welcome to our continuing webinar series at Amtrev. My name is Susan Altman, and I'm the...

What’s the best way to plan group air?

Elliott McNamee | November 29, 2022

The COVID pandemic is finally passing and you can gather face-to-face with your friends and...

Setting your 2023 Travel Budget

Elliott McNamee | November 21, 2022

This week AmTrav met with dozens of travel administrators on our 2023 Travel Forecast webinar,...

Meeting Hotels Made Easy

Elliott McNamee | October 18, 2022

Are you tired of wrangling room blocks? Last-minute checkin date changes, begging the hotel to...

Summer 2022 Travel: How bad was it?

Elliott McNamee | October 14, 2022

Going by the headlines, summer 2022 travel was truly, uniquely awful.

AmTrav and Marriott make virtual payments work better for customers

Elliott McNamee | October 12, 2022

Virtual cards provided by CSI and Conferma allow corporate customers to securely centralize payment...

Finding the Most Reliable Flights this Fall

Elliott McNamee | September 15, 2022

It’s fall: the weather is a little cooler, kids are back in school, pumpkin spice lattes are back...

Happy Hotel RFP Season

Elliott McNamee | September 1, 2022

It’s still warm outside and the leaves haven’t started turning, but the kids are headed back to...

Corporate Meetings Return to 2019 Levels

Elliott McNamee | August 8, 2022

There's a lot of good news for people who like meeting peers face-to-face, who enjoy an...

Finding the Most Reliable Flights this Summer

Elliott McNamee | June 28, 2022

Summer travel always means dodging thunderstorms, but in summer 2022 you’re dodging airline, hotel...

Three Things we Learned at the BTN Tech Talk Chicago

Elliott McNamee | June 24, 2022

AmTrav was proud to sponsor the BTN’s Travel Tech Talk in Chicago this week, it was great event...

How Can You Use AmTrav Gather?

Elliott McNamee | June 21, 2022

AmTrav clients have used AmTrav Gather to quickly, easily plan travel for thousands of travelers,...

How to Expand Your Role as a Travel Manager

Elliott McNamee | May 19, 2022

Want to expand your role as a travel manager – take on more responsibilities, do cool new work, and...

AmTrav Gather Makes Meetings Travel Planning Easy

Elliott McNamee | May 12, 2022

AmTrav exists to bring people together face-to-face and make business work better — because it's...

Coming Next Week: AmTrav Makes Planning Meetings Travel Easy

Elliott McNamee | April 26, 2022

As the COVID pandemic slowly recedes we’ve seen a return to meetings and events — and we couldn’t...

Three things we Learned at the BTN “Sourcing a Booking Tool” workshop

Elliott McNamee | April 15, 2022

Why do buyers choose their booking tools?

Maximize Your Travel Program Savings in 2022

Elliott McNamee | April 8, 2022

What are the biggest opportunities to save your travel program money in 2022?

The Latest Unused Tickets News

Elliott McNamee | March 31, 2022

Quick: what’s the easiest way to save your travel program money in 2022?Answer: use your unused...

Three things we learned at the BTN Travel Program & Policy Workshop

Elliott McNamee | March 3, 2022

AmTrav was proud to sponsor the Business Travel News “Structuring a Managed Travel Program &...

What to Expect from AmTrav in 2022

Elliott McNamee | February 24, 2022

We’re about two months into 2022 which means it’s the perfect time to tell you what we’re doing...

When Should I Book My Business Trip to Europe?

Cassie Sclafani | February 22, 2022

If you’re planning a business trip to Europe this summer, this one’s for you.

Announcing Gather: The Guest Travel Planning Solution That Makes BOTH Arrangers and Guests Happy

Elliott McNamee | February 8, 2022

AmTrav, the one connected platform for business travel, announces Gather, the travel planning...

Coming Next Week: AmTrav Makes Guest Travel Easy

Elliott McNamee | February 2, 2022

For too long guest travel has been a pain to plan – even with AmTrav – but enough is enough!Next...

Here's What Inflight Service You Can Expect From Major Airlines Right Now

Cassie Sclafani | January 28, 2022

If you’re getting back in the travel groove for the first time since the pandemic started, you...

The UK is Ending COVID Testing For Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Cassie Sclafani | January 27, 2022

In a little bit of good news for business travelers, England and Scotland will no longer require...

What Happened to Alitalia?

Cassie Sclafani | January 25, 2022

In October of 2021, the Italian airline Alitalia quietly ceased to exist, leaving many travelers...

What is Turo and Is It a Good Alternative to Traditional Rental Cars?

Cassie Sclafani | January 17, 2022

With COVID sticking around and the supply chain mess still in full swing, traveling right now has...

Here’s What’s Happening With 5G and Airlines

Cassie Sclafani | January 6, 2022

Update - 1/19/21

5G is officially live. Despite airline lobby group Airlines for America's letter...

While Travelers Continue to Face Hundreds of Airline Cancellations, AmTrav Can Help

Cassie Sclafani | January 4, 2022

As the new year begins, so does business travel. Well, at least it’s supposed to. If you were...

Happy Holidays From AmTrav

Cassie Sclafani | December 13, 2021

As another rollercoaster year comes to a close, we are grateful for partners like you. So much so,...

New COVID Travel Restrictions: Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | November 29, 2021

Update 12/13:

After closing their borders on November 25 due to Omicron variant concerns, Israel is...

Clients Recover $500K in United Airlines Unused Ticket Value

Elliott McNamee | November 11, 2021

Redeeming unused ticket credits with one click in AmTrav is a great way to save money on business...

American Introduces Major Updates to AAdvantage Loyalty Program

Cassie Sclafani | November 3, 2021

American Airlines just revamped their AAdvantage loyalty program, simplifying the way travelers can...

Uber is Rolling Out New Airport Services: Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | October 19, 2021

It’s no secret that ridesharing has had a bumpy year. Travelers have seen long wait times,...

U.S. Set to Open Land and International Borders to Fully Vaccinated Travelers on Nov. 8

Cassie Sclafani | October 18, 2021

The return of international travel to the United States officially has a start date. On November...

UK Loosens Entry Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Cassie Sclafani | October 6, 2021

The UK has loosened up their entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. As of October 4th,...

Coming Soon: TSA to Accept Digital Driver’s Licenses

Shannon Marvin | September 29, 2021

Business travelers with an iPhone (or Apple Watch) will soon be able to experience a more...

The U.S. to Relax Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

Shannon Marvin | September 28, 2021

In a bit of great news for business travel, the U.S. is poised to ease up on pandemic travel...

Ready to Help in Teams and Slack

Elliott McNamee | September 28, 2021

“So you can communicate with us from wherever you want.”

Is Uber Failing Customers? Why More Business Travelers are Pivoting Back to Rental Cars

Shannon Marvin | September 27, 2021

For years, Uber posed a serious challenge to rental car companies. The convenience and comparative...

EU Recommends Restrictions for US Travelers: Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | August 31, 2021

The summer of ever-changing travel restrictions continues. Two months after opening up for...

What to Do If Your Flight Changes or Gets Cancelled

Cassie Sclafani | August 19, 2021

If air travel seems a bit more complicated to you these days, you’re not alone: the current travel...

Mask Mandate Extended Through January 2022

Cassie Sclafani | August 18, 2021

It’s a good thing most of us are used to packing our masks before hitting the road. The TSA...

Delta Makes Standby Free for Same-Day Trip Changes

Cassie Sclafani | August 10, 2021

Last week Delta made it easier for all travelers to adjust their itineraries on the fly. You might...

England Reopens Borders to Fully Vaccinated Visitors From U.S., Europe

Cassie Sclafani | July 28, 2021

Starting on August 2, travelers from both the U.S. and EU who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19...

We All Need a Little Support

Ann Keen | July 22, 2021

I recently read the Autobiography of Jane Russell, a Golden Age era actress perhaps best known as...

Canada Will Welcome Back Fully Vaccinated Americans in August

Cassie Sclafani | July 21, 2021

Current as of 9/17/21

Canada is officially welcoming back American travelers. Starting on August...

Passport Services Are Delayed: What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | July 20, 2021

As the world continues to open back up, international travel is beginning to make a comeback. But...

Hilton Hotels Makes Daily Housekeeping Optional

Cassie Sclafani | July 12, 2021

Hilton is no longer offering daily housekeeping services. Starting last week, Hilton made their...

All About UATP

Elliott McNamee | July 11, 2021

This page is under construction 👷👷👷! Check back soon for more soon.

All About United Airlines Propel

Elliott McNamee | July 11, 2021

United Airlines' Propel program is a corporate discount program that offers set discounts on United...

Hotel Rates Are Rising, How Can Your Company Save Money?

Elliott McNamee | June 28, 2021

My my, how things change in a few short months in the corporate travel industry.

How We Use Your Feedback to Improve AmTrav

Elliott McNamee | June 24, 2021

Have you ever responded to an AmTrav post-trip survey and wondered what happens with your feedback?

Happy Birthday Southwest Airlines!

Elliott McNamee | June 18, 2021

Happy 50th birthday, Southwest Airlines!

AmTrav Makes it Easy to Make CO2-Smart Choices and Track Your Impact

Elliott McNamee | June 17, 2021

This week AmTrav launched two new tools that help you track your company’s carbon dioxide emissions...

Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Hotel Stay

Jeff Klee | June 17, 2021

At the risk of boring you to death, I am going to talk a little about what happens “under the hood”...

As Travel Demand Increases, So Do TSA Security Lines

Cassie Sclafani | June 11, 2021

Travel is on the upswing, and as many travelers get back on the road they find themselves running...

Seven EU Countries Begin Using Digital COVID Certificates

Cassie Sclafani | June 3, 2021

After weeks of discussions and considerations, seven countries in the European Union have...

Planning a Business Trip? You'll Still Need to Pack Your Mask

Cassie Sclafani | May 17, 2021

Updated on 5/20/21

Last week the CDC announced an exciting new guideline: fully vaccinated people...

CDC Now Allowing At-Home COVID Tests for International Travel

Cassie Sclafani | May 11, 2021

Returning home from international travel just got a little bit easier. On Friday, the CDC updated...

Major Airlines Are Reopening Airport Lounges: Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | May 10, 2021

As summer quickly approaches and vaccine distribution continues, major airlines are beginning to...

REAL ID Deadline Pushed Back to 2023

Cassie Sclafani | April 28, 2021

The REAL ID deadline has been pushed back once again. Last month we dove into the REAL ID Act and...

Saving Money with Unused Tickets and Name Changes

Elliott McNamee | April 26, 2021

Unless you're new to the AmTrav blog (in which case, welcome!) you know that we love unused tickets...

Two Steps to Prepare for Your Hotel Stay During the Pandemic

Elliott McNamee | April 19, 2021

You’re preparing to get back on the road for business -- what should you expect?

Heads Up: Be Prepared For Uber and Lyft Shortages Right Now

Elliott McNamee | April 14, 2021

Today Business Travel News reported on a driver shortage causing a shortage of Uber and Lyft ride...

Looking Ahead to Summer Business Travel with American Airlines’ President

Elliott McNamee | April 14, 2021

American Airlines’ President Robert Isom sat down with business travel publication The Company Dime...

Vaccine Passports: Know Your Options

Cassie Sclafani | April 6, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens up across the country, discussions about vaccine passports...

Fully Vaccinated Business Travelers May Now Travel Without Tests or Quarantines

Cassie Sclafani | April 5, 2021

In some good news for companies who are ready to begin traveling again, the CDC said late last week...

Where You Can Travel If You're Vaccinated

Cassie Sclafani | April 2, 2021

With the vaccine rollout well underway, countries are starting to make announcements about waiving...

What We Learned From Nearly One Billion Airfares (And How It Can Help Your Business Travel Budget)

Greg Samson | March 30, 2021

AmTrav recently studied a large number of airfares ‒ over 917 million of them ‒ to understand how...

Are You REAL ID-Compliant? Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | March 26, 2021

We’ve talked about this before here on the AmTrav Blog (if you’re new here, welcome!), so you may...

United Airlines Relaunches Service at JFK Airport

Cassie Sclafani | March 18, 2021

After a long five year hiatus, United Airlines is officially coming back to New York’s JFK Airport....

What Are Work-From-Hotel Programs? Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | March 17, 2021

Thanks to a steady rise in vaccinations (and spring breakers everywhere), the TSA saw its busiest...

Are State Travel Requirements About to Disappear?

Elliott McNamee | March 15, 2021

After a long and cold December, January and February, the AmTrav COVID Resource Center state travel...

There’s an Answer for That: Introducing the AmTrav Knowledge Base

Elliott McNamee | March 11, 2021

We’ve all been there: trying to remember how something works and feeling frustrated because we...

What You Need to Know About the Potential Rental Car Shortage

Cassie Sclafani | March 11, 2021

With the vaccine rollout well underway, there’s hope that travel will start to pick up this summer....

One Stop Shop: New American Airlines Fares Available to AmTrav Customers

Elliott McNamee | March 3, 2021

As our CEO Jeff explained in December, his goal for AmTrav’s booking tool is to “show you all the...

Hyatt & Marriott Now Offer Complimentary Covid Tests at Select Resorts

Cassie Sclafani | February 26, 2021

Hyatt and Marriott now offer complimentary on-site COVID-19 tests at select properties for any...

What It's Like to Get a COVID Test at IAD

Cassie Sclafani | February 24, 2021

Dulles International Airport (IAD) has partnered with XpresCheck to offer on-site COVID-19 testing....

What It's Like to Get a COVID Test at DCA

Cassie Sclafani | February 24, 2021

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has partnered with XpresCheck to offer on site...

Vaccinated? Two States Are Waiving Their Travel Restrictions for You

Elliott McNamee | February 23, 2021

Last month we wrote about Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Green's suggestion that travelers fully...

The Boeing 737 MAX is Back

Cassie Sclafani | February 16, 2021

After an almost two year grounding following two fatal crashes a couple of years ago, the Boeing...

Do I Need a Negative COVID Test to Fly in the United States?

Elliott McNamee | February 11, 2021

Update Feb.15: The U.S. CDC and Biden Administration stated that they do not plan to require...

What It's Like to Get a COVID Test at San Diego Airport

Cassie Sclafani | February 8, 2021

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the latest airport to offer in-airport Covid-19 testing on...

The Latest on Digital Health Passports for Business Travel

Cassie Sclafani | February 4, 2021

Current as of 3/4/21

A few weeks ago we explored the idea of digital vaccine - or health -...

The Easiest Way to See the Value of Your Business Travel

Elliott McNamee | January 28, 2021

Last week AmTrav introduced a new Trip Success Report to help you evaluate the success of your...

Can Vaccinated Travelers Skip Hawaii's Quarantine and Testing Requirements?

Elliott McNamee | January 27, 2021

Normally the esteemed AmTrav blog doesn’t cover the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, but when the...

Did President Biden Really Implement a 14 Day Quarantine for Returning International Travelers?

Cassie Sclafani | January 25, 2021

Last week President Biden issued an Executive Order that, at a glance, seems to complicate the...

U.S. to Require Negative COVID-19 Test for Travelers on Incoming International Flights

Cassie Sclafani | January 13, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that beginning on January...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at LAX

Cassie Sclafani | January 12, 2021

Current as of January 13, 2021

A Struggle To Put 2020 Accomplishments In Context

Jeff Klee | January 1, 2021

It wasn’t a typical New Year’s Eve, but 2020 is finally behind us. In a few days we’ll get back to...

Why I'm So Excited About AmTrav's New Flight Shopping Tool

Jeff Klee | December 31, 2020

In the summer of 2019, back when conferences were still a thing, I was invited to speak at an...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at ORD

Cassie Sclafani | December 28, 2020

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) is the latest airport to offer in-airport Covid-19 testing on site....

Seasons Greetings From AmTrav

Cassie Sclafani | December 23, 2020

In the spirit of making business travel personal and keeping  it fun, here's AmTrav's very own...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at DEN

Cassie Sclafani | December 18, 2020

Current as of December 18, 2020.

AmTrav 2020 Product Recap (VIDEO)

Elliott McNamee | December 17, 2020

2020 didn't go as planned, but just like you, we adjusted. We continued building AmTrav's one...

COVID Vaccine Passports for Business Travel

Cassie Sclafani | December 16, 2020

Last week in our 2021 business travel predictions we mentioned that we expect to see COVID testing...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at MCO

Cassie Sclafani | December 10, 2020

Current as of December 10, 2020.

COVID Cases, Vaccines and Travel: What We Expect Business Travel to Look Like in 2021

Elliott McNamee | December 8, 2020

You've probably seen the news: COVID cases are continuing to climb in the U.S., triple summer case...

“How much do you charge for that?”

Elliott McNamee | November 25, 2020

Responding to the Company Dime story about AmTrav’s partnership with Journera to provide real-time...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at PHX

Cassie Sclafani | November 24, 2020

Current as of November 23, 2020.

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at CHS

Cassie Sclafani | November 23, 2020

Current as of November, 22 2020.

Track Your Travelers in Real Time With AmTrav and Journera

Elliott McNamee | November 20, 2020

If you use the AmTrav Traveler Locator Report regularly, you know it gives you an accurate view of...

Three Steps to Save Money With Former Employees’ Unused Tickets

Elliott McNamee | November 18, 2020

The only thing trickier than unused tickets are unused tickets that were issued to former...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at BOS

Cassie Sclafani | November 9, 2020

Current as of March 4, 2021.

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at SEA

Cassie Sclafani | November 6, 2020

Current as of November 6, 2020.

It's About You

Elliott McNamee | November 4, 2020

We're really excited to share with you the two new case studies we published this week telling the...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at LGA

Cassie Sclafani | October 29, 2020

Current as of October 29, 2020

Business Travel Is Down but Highly Productive According to AmTrav Traveler Data

Greg Samson | October 21, 2020

Business travel is down in 2020 for reasons we all know well. Many businesses aren’t traveling at...

Hawaii Launches Pre-Testing Program For Travelers

Cassie Sclafani | October 15, 2020

Hawaii has started to open its borders, and if you travel there on business we have some advice to...

What You Need to Know About Airlines’ Preflight Covid-19 Testing

Cassie Sclafani | October 13, 2020

One of the biggest hurdles in getting back to business is the mandatory 14-day quarantines that...

Celebrating One Year of the Best Southwest Shopping & Booking Technology

Elliott McNamee | October 8, 2020

Our friends at Southwest Airlines reminded us that it’s officially been one year since we upgraded...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at EWR

Cassie Sclafani | October 7, 2020

Current as of October 14, 2020

Getting the hotel room and rate you need with AmTrav

Elliott McNamee | October 7, 2020

Along with social distancing, face coverings, and meetings switching from in-person to virtual,...

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at JFK

Cassie Sclafani | September 30, 2020

Current as of October 14, 2020

What It's Like to Get a Rapid Covid Test at TPA

Cassie Sclafani | September 29, 2020

Current as of October 14, 2020

What to Expect at Your Hotel: Three Questions to Ask Before You Arrive

Elliott McNamee | September 25, 2020

Many aspects of travel have changed with COVID, including the hotel experience. While hotels strive...

Why We Decided to Build Our Own Chat Platform

Jeff Klee | September 23, 2020

Like the proverbial tree that falls in the woods with no one around to hear it, what if we made a...

Room Blocks Are for Weddings, Not Business

Elliott McNamee | September 22, 2020

Hotel room blocks work really well for weddings. Room blocks offer a lot of flexibility, giving...

Introducing AmTrav’s New Post-Trip Surveys

Elliott McNamee | September 11, 2020

One of the hardest tasks for a travel administrator or budget owner is to determine which trips...

To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine? Navigating State COVID Travel Restrictions

Elliott McNamee | September 9, 2020

If you or your coworkers are traveling during the COVID pandemic, you need to remember to bring...

Tired of Unused Tickets? No? Me Neither!

Elliott McNamee | September 8, 2020

A colleague shared some data with me today. It inspired me to share a story with you.

Saying Goodbye to (Most) Airline Change Fees

Cassie Sclafani | September 2, 2020

This week a number of major airlines, including American, Delta, United, and Alaska Airlines,...

The Little Marketing Initiative That Could: Reflecting on Six Months of Communications in 2020

Elliott McNamee | September 1, 2020

Coming into 2020 we thought it was a good time to put an emphasis on communicating regularly with...

"Ask Me Anything" Part 3: Here's What You Missed

Cassie Sclafani | August 28, 2020

Delta Airlines, Hilton Hotels, and Hertz joined us yesterday for Part 3 of our Ask Me Anything...


Cassie Sclafani | August 19, 2020

Like many travel managers out there, you might be feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of...

"Ask Me Anything" Part 2: Here’s What You Missed

Cassie Sclafani | August 14, 2020

Southwest Airlines and Wyndham Hotels joined us this past Tuesday for Part 2 of our Ask Me Anything...

Your Guide to Getting Back to Travel

Cassie Sclafani | August 11, 2020

While your team begins to travel again and you’re faced with the task of creating a travel policy...

What to Do If an Employee Gets COVID-19 On the Road

Elliott McNamee | August 7, 2020

As part of your duty of care to employees, you should have an action plan that outlines the...

AmTrav’s Keeping Your Travelers Safe “Ask Me Anything” Series

Cassie Sclafani | August 6, 2020

As a travel manager, you are likely facing tough questions, rapid change, and concerns about...

You're Invited: Part 2,  Keeping Your Travelers Safe "Ask Me Anything"

Cassie Sclafani | August 5, 2020

Like many travel managers out there, you might be feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of...

Safe on the Road - Why Social Distancing is Way More Than Half the Battle

Shannon Marvin | August 4, 2020

There are a lot of lists out there about how to stay safe during COVID times and, specifically, how...

"Ask Me Anything" Part 1: Here’s What You Missed

Cassie Sclafani | August 3, 2020

American Airlines, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Omni Hotels and Resorts joined us last Thursday for...

Hotels vs. Private Home Rentals - Which is Better During COVID?

Shannon Marvin | August 3, 2020

There is a debate among those crafting COVID-era travel policies about what type of accommodation...

How Amtrav Can Help, Even When You Book on Other Sites

Cassie Sclafani | July 31, 2020

When your company books travel through an AmTrav channel (e.g. a2b, chat, calling one of our travel...

Are Car Rentals Safer than Rideshares Right Now?

Shannon Marvin | July 30, 2020

For a while now, the trend among business travelers has been more rideshare and less car rentals,...

Your First Trip in the COVID-Era? Here's What's Different

Cassie Sclafani | July 28, 2020

If it’s been a while since you’ve traveled, the next time you get back on the road you’ll likely...

Fast, Confident Travel Preparation: The AmTrav COVID Resource Center

Elliott McNamee | July 27, 2020

Today we are launching a new COVID Resources Center webpage displaying current travel restrictions...

You're Invited: Keeping Your Travelers Safe, "Ask Me Anything"

Cassie Sclafani | July 23, 2020

Like many travel managers out there, you might be feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility of...

What Are "COVID Clean" Hotels and How Can You Find Them?

Cassie Sclafani | July 2, 2020

As you or your team members begin to travel again, our team wants to help make sure you’re booking...

With no change fees, is Basic Economy now worth it?

Cassie Sclafani | June 26, 2020

Ever since they were introduced, Basic Economy air fares have been an anathema to business...

Earn Double Miles With American Airlines This Summer

Cassie Sclafani | June 10, 2020

As we head into summer and companies begin to feel more comfortable traveling, American Airlines...

New & Improved: Printer-Friendly Trip Confirmations

Elliott McNamee | June 9, 2020

In late February we released a new trip confirmation email format. We lamented that our previous...

From Our CEO: Sad Times, Green Shoots, and Trying Not to Waste a Crisis

Jeff Klee | June 4, 2020

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, last weekend I watched the SpaceX ship blast off and...

Traveler Safety Enhancements at AmTrav

Elliott McNamee | June 2, 2020

We know how hard it is to keep up with the constantly-changing risks and restrictions facing your...

AmTrav Travelers on COVID-Era Travel: “Pack Your Patience"

Elliott McNamee | June 1, 2020

It’s hard to know what to expect when traveling right now in the COVID era. In order to find out...


Cassie Sclafani | May 29, 2020

As we settle into the “new normal,” we’re all taking small, cautious steps to get back to our...

What to Pack for Travel During COVID

Shannon Marvin | May 25, 2020

With stores and restaurants keeping odd hours, and a lot more to worry about from a safety...


Elliott McNamee | May 7, 2020

This is a story from our colleague Elliott McNamee, who recently used AmTrav to book his personal...

Major Airlines Now Requiring Masks For Passengers

Cassie Sclafani | May 4, 2020

With many Americans eager to get back to “normal” as soon as it is safe to do so, the airlines are...


Craig Fichtelberg | April 23, 2020

I wrote this article a few months back for a trade magazine called The Beat, but I realized I never...

Drowning in Unused Airline Tickets? We Can Help

Rebecca Gavin | April 20, 2020

Among the thousands of challenges that we’re all facing right now is the staggering amount of...


Jeff Klee | March 19, 2020

Today all of us are grappling with uncertainty and confusion and our hearts bleed for those who...

Measuring What Matters With NDC

Jeff Klee | February 9, 2020

“New Distribution Capability” (NDC) is an airline initiative to modernize the way airline tickets...


Elliott McNamee | February 7, 2020
At AmTrav, we fancy ourselves a pretty forward thinking company and we’re proud to have...


Cassie Sclafani | January 7, 2020

Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or an occasional business traveler, you know the nagging...


Cassie Sclafani | November 13, 2019

Business travelers are experienced frequent flyers and can typically handle any travel curveball...


Cassie Sclafani | November 5, 2019

Flying by the seat of your pants is no way to approach business travel. If you want to avoid...


Cassie Sclafani | October 29, 2019

You’re about to be the face of your company inan entirely different country. No pressure, right?...

5 Spooky Destinations Not to Miss During Your Fall Business Travel

Cassie Sclafani | October 23, 2019

We all know that business travel can sometimes feel like a chore. But one of the perks of corporate...

The REAL ID Act and What It Means For You

Cassie Sclafani | October 8, 2019

As business travelers, we know you travel a lot. And if you travel a lot, you’ve definitely seen...

How Business Travelers Can Handle The Busiest Travel Seasons

Cassie Sclafani | September 24, 2019

Let’s face it — business trips don’t always align with slow travel seasons. While every business...

15-Inch MacBook Pro Laptop Ban: What You Need to Know Before You Fly

Cassie Sclafani | September 11, 2019

When traveling for business, chances are you have a laptop or tablet in tow. For business travelers...

Traveling During Hurricane Season? Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | September 8, 2019

The 2019 hurricane season is in full swing. Storms are already wreaking havoc with Hurricane Dorian...

How to Maximize Productivity During Summer Business Travel

Cassie Sclafani | September 3, 2019

Ahh, summertime. It really can be a double-edged sword. For business travelers used to living in...

Balancing Business Travel and Family During Summer

Cassie Sclafani | August 20, 2019

When summertime hits, balancing business travel and family can become a bit more complicated. After...

It’s “Watch What Happens Live” not “Watch What Happens DELAYED…”

Cassie Sclafani | August 6, 2019

Yesterday started out business as usual on a Chicago summertime Tuesday. The skies were blue, birds...


Craig Fichtelberg | August 6, 2019

Hello,There was a time when business travel was something every traveler would dread. There were...

How to Prevent Security Hacks on the Road

Cassie Sclafani | July 23, 2019

As the travel industry grows, so does the risk for security threats. There have been hundreds of...


Cassie Sclafani | July 16, 2019

If you’re anything like me, enduring a flightlonger than four hours is near impossible. As...

Did You Know: Downloadable Reports

Cassie Sclafani | June 25, 2019

Keeping track of reports for all of your travelers can get messy. Our reporting dashboard helps...

Did You Know: 24/7 Text Message Support

Cassie Sclafani | June 19, 2019

Picture this: after a long day of client meetings,you’re sitting on the runway on flight number one...

Policy Change is Long Overdue for In-Flight Sexual Harassment

Cassie Sclafani | June 4, 2019

In recent years the viral #metoo hashtag has stolen the spotlight and garnered international...

Did You Know: Arrival Manifest Report

Cassie Sclafani | May 28, 2019

Managing travel is no easy task. Juggling multiple itineraries, credit cards, travel policies and...

How to Communicate Travel Policy Change in the Age of Generational Diversity

Cassie Sclafani | May 20, 2019

The travel industry is changing at a rapid pace. Each day it feels like there are new developments...

Boeing Completes Software Updates for the 737 Max

Cassie Sclafani | May 16, 2019

Over two months after the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max jet due to its involvement in two fatal...

Problem Solved: Managing Unused Airline Tickets

Cassie Sclafani | May 14, 2019

We all know far too well how unpredictable travel can be. You’ve probably been there before: stuck...

Did You Know: View Bag & Fare Info

Cassie Sclafani | May 8, 2019

The year is 2019 and travelers are officially inundated with options. Whether it’s business travel...

Airline Change Fees: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Cassie Sclafani | May 5, 2019

A final report from the Obama administration’s National Economic Council (NEC) documented the steep...


Jeff Klee | April 15, 2019

This Op-Ed first appeared April 8, 2019 on The Company Dime.

In his recent post, “On The...

AmTrav's Q1 Update

Craig Fichtelberg | April 3, 2019


Did You Know: 24/7 Live Chat Support

Cassie Sclafani | January 24, 2019

Did you know that AmTrav has 24/7 live chat support? Our in-house live chat service gives our...

Do Travel Management Companies Make Your Life Easier? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Full-Service Account Management

Cassie Sclafani | January 16, 2019

Guest post with contributions by our own Heather McKibben – Account Manager

Did You Know: Instant Fare Comparisons

Cassie Sclafani | January 8, 2019

Did you know that on a2b you can instantly view fare differences? With one click of a button, you...


Craig Fichtelberg | December 17, 2018


Your Checklist: Making Your International Trip a Success

Cassie Sclafani | November 14, 2018

Your company just invested $16,000 in your full, unrestricted first-class fare to China. In...

Did You Know: Seat Pitch

Cassie Sclafani | November 6, 2018

We all know that feeling when we’re on an airplane. That “I’m too cramped, my knees are hitting the...

Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management: 9 Tips for Best Practices

Cassie Sclafani | October 10, 2018

Guest post with contributions by our own Janet Conlon – Account Manager

Did You Know: Traveler Locator Map

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2018

You know the old saying “expect the unexpected?” Well in our experience, when it comes to travel,...

How Much Implementation Support Do You Need From Your TMC?

Cassie Sclafani | September 12, 2018

Here at AmTrav, we have customer accounts with thousands of employees, and accounts with a handful...

Are We Fiddling With NDC as Rome Burns?

Jeff Klee | August 6, 2018

“New Distribution Capability” (NDC) is an airline initiative to modernize the way airline tickets...

We’ve Moved!

Cassie Sclafani | July 17, 2018

We are excited to share that our Chicago office has officially moved! We have relocated to the West...

Tired of the Same Old Travel Management Options? [WEBINAR]

Cassie Sclafani | July 4, 2018

Frustrated by your current travel management solution? Tired of an outdated solution with sub par...

Let’s Talk Talc: New TSA Rules on Packing Powder

Cassie Sclafani | June 26, 2018

We get it. A little talc on the toes goes a long way towards comfort when your FitBit says you’re...

The Best Way To Pay For Travel

Cassie Sclafani | June 12, 2018

Guest post by our own Kyle Harrison – Account Manager

Understanding Travel Documents: What are eTAs, Who Needs Them, and for Which Countries?

Cassie Sclafani | June 5, 2018

In November of 2016, Canada began enforcing a new program that has caught many travelers off guard,...

All Work and No Play? Let’s Talk About Bleisure

Cassie Sclafani | May 29, 2018

Guest post by our own Laura Pilla – Account Manager

8 Tips For Going Green While Traveling

Cassie Sclafani | May 1, 2018

Grappling with the logistics of green travel? Traveling green has never been easier, thanks to the...

Booking Hotels for Non-Employees? Here’s What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | April 24, 2018

Guest post with contributions by our own Liz Gnat – Account Manager

Making a Travel Budget for Your New Business

Cassie Sclafani | April 17, 2018

When you’re just starting out in business, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it as...

Domestic Duty-Free Shopping: A New Trend?

Cassie Sclafani | April 4, 2018

In Terminal D of the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport, you may overhear travelers gleefully echoing that...

Wheels up? You’ve Got This Down. Tips for Millennials New to Corporate Travel

Cassie Sclafani | March 20, 2018

For those new to business travel, the glamour wears thin quickly. Flights get delayed or canceled,...

How Airport Lounges Profoundly Impact Productivity

Cassie Sclafani | March 13, 2018

If you’ve ever sat by the gate awaiting your flight, wishing your portable charger hadn’t run out...

Rental Car Insurance: To Buy or Not to Buy? What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | March 6, 2018

It is nearly impossible these days to purchase anything without some form of extended warranty or...

Traveling Overseas on Business? Expert Tips on Beating Jet Lag

Cassie Sclafani | February 27, 2018

Business travel is a reality for many professionals. Unlike vacation, though, overseas work trips...

The Business Travel Glass Ceiling: How Female Travelers Are Impacting Air, Hotel and Car Companies

Cassie Sclafani | February 19, 2018

Of the 488 million business trips taken yearly, women business travelers comprise 46% of them. How...

Millennials: Their Place in the Business Travel Landscape

Cassie Sclafani | February 7, 2018

It’s important as an employer to understand the needs of employees. Naturally, the unique demands...

In the Digital Age, Why Face-to-Face Meetings Still Matter

Cassie Sclafani | January 30, 2018

On March 10, 1876, the world began an irreversible shrinking process. On that day, Alexander Graham...

The ABC’s of IDP’s (International Driving Permits)

Cassie Sclafani | January 23, 2018

When traveling internationally, there is only so much time to cram in all that you want to see and...

The “Smart” Luggage Ban: How to Plan For It

Cassie Sclafani | January 18, 2018

Smart luggage is officially dumb. At this writing, in a rare act of solidarity, all of the major...

Your Complete Breakdown of TMC Pricing

Cassie Sclafani | January 9, 2018

The decision of whether or not to use a travel management company (TMC) for corporate travel is one...

The Business Traveler’s New Year’s Resolutions: 2018 Edition

Cassie Sclafani | January 2, 2018

In 2018, our wish for you is that your business travel life becomes less frenetic and more kinetic....

Secrets To Selecting the Best Seats

Cassie Sclafani | December 11, 2017

Sometimes, choosing your seat for business travel can feel like a shot in the dark. Fortunately, if...

The “But We Have a Contract” Dilemma

Cassie Sclafani | December 7, 2017

Guest post by our own Jim Wasson – Director, Business Development

Vegan Business Travelers: Your Guide to Eating In Flight

Cassie Sclafani | November 29, 2017

If there was ever a good time to be vegan, it’s now. Food options–even in New Orleans over...

Dealing with Serious Hurricane Situations While Running a Nationwide Sales Business

Cassie Sclafani | November 14, 2017

Guest post by our own Dewey Warner – Director, Business Development

In early September, a mere...

Trick or Treat? 5 Common Travel Deals Too Spooky to Be True

Cassie Sclafani | October 25, 2017

They say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, but if the gift horse is offering you a...

The Future of Hotel Security

Cassie Sclafani | October 23, 2017

With the events in Las Vegas, the big (and big is an understatement) question is “what now” with...

How to Handle a Travel Crisis: What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | October 18, 2017

There’s little doubt that business travel can be fraught with minor frustrations and occasional...

The 5 Haunted Hotel Destinations You’ll Want to Seek Out This Halloween

Cassie Sclafani | October 9, 2017

Although most of us would shudder at the thought of encountering a real, live ghostly apparition,...

The Pros and Cons of Checking Bags for Business Travel

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2017

Let’s face it. You didn’t get to where you are in your career because you shy away from the tough...

Winning the Battle to Lose the War? When Saving on Business Travel Backfires

Cassie Sclafani | October 1, 2017

Oftentimes, when the leader of a company sets out to increase the bottom line, one of the first...

A Look Into the Changing Business Travel Landscape

Cassie Sclafani | September 27, 2017

There was once a time when business travel meant you booked a flight, arranged a cab (or limo) and...

What Smart Companies Are Doing About Emergency Travel Policies

Cassie Sclafani | September 25, 2017

In June, proclaimed this 2017 hurricane season would incur 11 to 17 named storms, which is...

What Matters to Business Travelers? New AmTrav Survey Has Your Answers

Cassie Sclafani | September 19, 2017

A new survey by AmTrav has taken the pulse of today’s travel managers and business travelers,...

AmTrav a2b Platform Wins Gold Magellan Award for 2017

Cassie Sclafani | September 17, 2017

First-of-its-kind corporate booking tool honored as exemplary Online Travel Service/Overall Booking...

Regional vs. Global Travel Management Companies: Which is Better?

Cassie Sclafani | September 11, 2017

Our world is shrinking. Technology advancements continue improving the relative ease with which...

How to Perfect Your Hotel Experience

Cassie Sclafani | August 14, 2017

Frequent business travelers know that hotel experiences can vary widely from the pitch perfect to...

Corporate Travel Risk Management – Keeping up with Constant Change

Cassie Sclafani | August 7, 2017

The new “normal” is expecting the unexpected. Random terror attacks, civil unrest, natural and...

10 Travel Evolutions in 20 Years

Cassie Sclafani | July 24, 2017

While we can all wax poetic over greeting someone right at the gate as they disembarked the plane,...

The AmTrav 2017 List: Top 15 Business Travel Apps

Cassie Sclafani | July 19, 2017

The clever apps your fellow road warriors are chatting up make business travel easier than ever...

Travel Anxiety in the Age of Global Terrorism

Cassie Sclafani | July 10, 2017

The news out of Manchester and London over the last few weeks has refocused the media spotlight on...

Biometrics – The New Frontier in Airline Security

Cassie Sclafani | July 4, 2017

What do JetBlue, Delta, and Air France’s KLM have in common? Besides the obvious, these are all...

The Electricity Challenge: Matching Outlets to Countries

Cassie Sclafani | June 26, 2017

In a perfect world, there’d be one universal electrical outlet and no need for a blog to navigate...

Airlines and Airports Making Big Summer Changes: How Will They Affect Your Travel Plans?

Cassie Sclafani | June 19, 2017

Just in time for the summer travel season, many of the major airlines and airports are making some...

Staying Connected with Family During Business Travel is Possible – and Fun

Cassie Sclafani | June 14, 2017

Like it or not, business travel is a reality for many modern-day professionals. The problem is it...

Service Animals on Flights: Ferreting out the Truth

Cassie Sclafani | June 12, 2017

If you’re a frequent traveler, you have, undoubtedly, noticed a marked increase in the number of...

Traveling Abroad? Make Sure the Travel “Bug” Is the Only One You Return With

Cassie Sclafani | June 7, 2017

International travel is an exotic crash course in human relations. There is simply no substitute...

The New AmTrav is Here

Cassie Sclafani | June 5, 2017

Here at AmTrav, our goal is to make business travel easier. We believe in keeping a close eye on...

Four Things To Know About Information Security Before Selecting a TMC

Cassie Sclafani | May 29, 2017

Travel — both domestic and overseas — goes hand in hand with modern-day business life. However,...

The Pros and Cons of a Heavily Managed Travel Program

Cassie Sclafani | May 22, 2017

The goals spelled out in the 2017 plan may have seemed lofty, but as the second quarter draws to a...

Three and Six Month Passport Validity Rules: What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | May 10, 2017

We all know that a valid passport is a requirement of international travel. In fact, post 9-11,...

10 Must-Pack Items for Your Next Business Trip

Cassie Sclafani | May 8, 2017

A last-minute business trip can result in a flurry of “pack-tivity” as you scramble to remember...

United Takes a New Approach to Lure Travelers Back to the “Friendly Skies”

Cassie Sclafani | April 27, 2017

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz emerged from the rubble that resulted from an intense social media...

Is It Time to Consider a Corporate Travel Management Company?

Cassie Sclafani | April 24, 2017

As a company grows, so does its corporate reach. Doing business within ever-increasing geographic...

Refundable v. Non-Refundable Tickets: When Do They Make Sense?

Cassie Sclafani | April 19, 2017

As the top salesperson in your firm, you’ve finally received a call back from a big prospect in...

Overbooked Flights: What Are Your Rights, Anyhow?

Cassie Sclafani | April 17, 2017

A recent viral video has been raising many questions about travelers’ rights on overbooked flights....

Eco-Travelers: What You Need to Know About Staying at Green Key Hotels

Cassie Sclafani | April 11, 2017

If you’re an eco-business traveler concerned about your impact on the environment, Green Key...

Managed vs. Unmanaged Travel

Cassie Sclafani | April 5, 2017

Business travel is a pricey cost of doing business, so it’s important to enter into financial...

LAX: The Mess You’ll Want to Miss

Cassie Sclafani | April 3, 2017

When it comes to travel for either business or leisure, you know that even the slightest wrinkle...

Potential Elimination of U.S. Visa Waiver to Europe: What are the Implications?

Cassie Sclafani | March 27, 2017

On March 2nd of this year, the European Parliament voted to pass a non-binding motion that would...

U.S. Limits Electronic Devices on Carriers from Several Middle East Countries

Cassie Sclafani | March 20, 2017

Early this morning, the US Department of Homeland Security put out a memo hitting Middle Eastern...

Gluten-Free Business Travel: A Guide to Survival

Cassie Sclafani | March 8, 2017

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, one in five Americans is currently eating gluten-free. And whether...

How To Create the Best Travel Policies for Your Company

Cassie Sclafani | March 6, 2017

Creating a successful travel and expense policy for your company is important since it’s likely...

Business Travel Insurance: Who Needs It? You Might

Cassie Sclafani | March 1, 2017

Travel insurance: otherwise known as the little box at the bottom of a booking page that you...

Airport Yoga Trend: What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | February 27, 2017

In 2012, San Francisco International Airport kicked off a popular new trend: airport yoga rooms....

Business Travel Management Reporting: Best Practices You Need to Know Now

Cassie Sclafani | February 15, 2017

If you’ve recently been placed in charge of your company’s travel management, you know...

5 Advantages of Using An Agency To Book Your Air Travel

Cassie Sclafani | February 8, 2017

It may be tempting to book your company’s travel on your own – without the services of a business...

Flight Attendant Confidential: What They Wish You Knew About Flying First Class

Cassie Sclafani | February 6, 2017

There’s First Class, and then there’s FIRST CLASS. There’s a huge disparity between First Class on...

Is Your Current Travel Policy Really Working?

Cassie Sclafani | January 23, 2017

Simply put, you need to have solid data in order to properly manage and evaluate the success — or...

What You Don't Know - But Should - About Unused Airline Tickets

Cassie Sclafani | January 18, 2017

When you book a business flight — whether individually or through a business travel agency — the...

Implementing a New Travel Solution? Avoid These 5 Major Mistakes

Cassie Sclafani | January 15, 2017

You’re tasked with the responsibility of overseeing company travel, knowing there may come a time...

Do I Need to Hire a Consultant to Help Select a Travel Management Company?

Cassie Sclafani | January 5, 2017

Hiring a travel management company (TMC) is an important decision because who you choose can have a...

Why TSA Precheck Is a Must-Have For Business Travelers

Cassie Sclafani | January 2, 2017

You know who wants to wait in long lines at the airport? Nobody. That’s why AmTrav recommends all...

In-Flight Wi-Fi: What You Need to Know

Cassie Sclafani | December 15, 2016

Someday, we will all be having a good laugh about how we tried to do business while enduring these...

5 Expert Tips To Improve Travel Policy Compliance

Cassie Sclafani | December 12, 2016

Travel is a large part of a company’s allocated budgetary expense. Therefore, making sure your...

5 Airports to Avoid During the Holidays

Cassie Sclafani | December 8, 2016

‘Tis the season for holiday-related travel delays, folks. For many travelers across the country,...


Cassie Sclafani | December 5, 2016

Like it or not, business travel is a cost of doing business — and a substantial one at that....

Winter is Coming: What the Colder Weather Could Mean for Your Travel Plans

Cassie Sclafani | November 30, 2016

Depending on what region of the country you live in, you might take a glance up at your window...


Cassie Sclafani | November 27, 2016

Many smart businesses work with a professional travel management company to save time, money, and...

Debunking 5 Myths About Holiday Travel

Cassie Sclafani | November 24, 2016

You might think the holiday travel myths had gone the way of the Samsung Galaxy 7 (banned on all...

What You Should Be Asking About Your TMC’s Reporting Capabilities

Cassie Sclafani | October 6, 2016

Among a company’s greatest expenditures, travel and related expenses top the list. So, with little...

Five Questions You Should Be Asking About Account Management Support

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2016

A great business travel agency provides intuitive, easy-to-use products and services that are...

Top 5 Things You Should Ask About a TMC’s Call Center Support

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2016

When it comes to choosing the right business travel agency, not all are created equal. A business...

Making the Most of Your Downtime: What’s a Business Traveler To Do?

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2016

So, you’re going on a business trip. You know as well as we do that business travel absolutely does...

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask a Business Travel Agency About Their Online Booking Tools

Cassie Sclafani | October 4, 2016

With the majority of business travel booked over the Internet, a business travel agency’s online...

Does Your Company Need a Business Travel Agency?

Cassie Sclafani | September 26, 2016

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely already answered that question with “Yes.” Or at least,...

What You Need To Know Before Signing a Contract With a TMC

Cassie Sclafani | September 25, 2016

You know you need a travel management company, but what do you need to know next? Here are five...

What to Consider When Selecting the Best Business Travel Agency for Your Needs

Cassie Sclafani | September 25, 2016

Finding the right business travel agency can be a difficult decision. There are a lot of details to...

Your Company May Need a Business Travel Agency… And Here’s Why

Cassie Sclafani | September 25, 2016

Everyone needs a helping hand when it comes to business travel. Without the right attention to...