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Feb 15, 2020

The Business Travel News to Read This Week

Samantha Shankman

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It is no secret that we are passionate believers in the power of face-to-face connections -- for our customers as well as ourselves. So, as you can imagine, we made the most out of our annual global sales kickoff meeting in San Francisco this past week. The #1 takeaway from the event: It’s all about the user. When you focus on the individuals who are using the solution every day, the rest (adoption, visibility and savings) will follow.

In other TripActions news this week, Buying Business Travel highlighted TripActions as one of the companies to watch at the upcoming Business Travel Show and career website Zippia profiled Tripactions as an employer and how our values impact company culture.

DiversityQ interviewed TripActions CMO Meagen Eisenberg sat down with DiversityQ to talk about learnings and experiences from her 20-year career. She also shares her thoughts on the importance of diversity, how to harness an empowering mindset, and women in the workplace.

In honor of Black History Month, we looked back at the African American trailblazers who changed the travel industry when it wasn’t nearly as inclusive or traveler-forward as it is today. We also launched our new ebook NDC: The Basic and Beyond and saved some love for our furriest friends at TripActions on Valentine’s Day.

In the broader industry, coronavirus continued to impact the meetings and events industry. On a lighter note, plans to launch “the world’s nicest airline” are on track and there’s continued investment in the corporate travel space.

You can check out all of our weekly news roundups here. Now, here’s the top news of the week:

JetBlue Founder Launches Breeze Airways [CNN]

The timeline to launch “the world’s nicest airline” is officially in progress as JetBlue founder David Neeleman prepares to fly before the end of the year. Breeze will target mid-sized U.S. city pairs that don’t currently have non-stop service, which could shift business opportunities for companies in these markets.

Breeze will be Neeleman’s 5th airline upstart so all his lessons are hard-won and it’s worth reading how JetBlue revolutionized low-cost travel to become a major airline.

How Anxious Should Event Planners Be as Coronavirus Impact Looms [Skift]

Mobile World Congress, which takes place every year in Barcelona, was cancelled last week due to global concerns over coronavirus. The decision was made after a number of major tech companies pulled out. The disruption of such a large, annual event is concerning for the events and conferences industries which have only started to see the impact of the global health concern.

American and Alaska Announce New Alliance [Business Travel News]

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are joining forces in a "West Coast International Alliance" with Alaska joining Oneworld and American expanding its international service out of Seattle. “Joining Oneworld will give passengers booking tickets through Alaska access to 1,200 destinations that the alliance’s 13-member airlines serve. The deal also allows access to lounges in international airports, reciprocal frequent-flyer benefits, and, for premium passengers, priority boarding and seats, elite status reciprocity, and rebooking in the event of a flight cancellation or delay,” explains Skift.

The new alliance allows Alaska to better cater to international corporate travel from Seattle and San Francisco-based tech firms. TripActions Director of Product Marketing tweeted about the news, “This is huge. Alaska is joining Oneworld. Past the obvious effects in SEA, San Francisco will finally have (slightly more) competition against United.”

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