April 2016
How to Outsmart the Bad Guysoutsmart
Business travelers bring their phones, laptops, and tablets everywhere they go. Many business travelers and executives are becoming targets of highly skilled criminals because they have a lot of valuable and desirable information.

Companies have learned how to secure laptops of those traveling, but many are forgetting that cell phones and tablets are also being used when traveling.  A frightening fact about most smart phones is that carrier level updates are permitted by default. And in some countries, that means eavesdropping malware may be loaded onto phones.

Here are some key security facts to remember when traveling:
  • Limit devices and data to those specifically needed for a trip.
  • For foreign travel, carry a "sanitized" computer with minimal or no data.
  • On public computers, do not input or provide access to PINs, financial information or sensitive data.
  • When leaving your hotel room, store electronics in the safe.
  • Be suspicious of generically named hot spots.
  • Avoid the use of public Wi Fi networks when possible

Source: Travel and Leisure 

Hotel Consolidationhotel
The pending merger between Marriott and Starwood demonstrate the trickle-down effect of mergers. Most industry experts predict higher pricing dynamics after the rounds
of consolidation, similar to what happened with airlines.  What does this mean for the corporate client? Hotel consolidations may have an impact on your hotel programs, changing the dynamics and possibly your preferred suppliers. Those who can demonstrate their ability to move share and articulate their spend numbers will be the ones who will have meaningful negotiations with consolidated hotel groups. All the more reason for travelers to book hotels through their managed corporate channels which will provide the leverage needed to stay competitive.
Delta Comfortdelta
For any travel on or after May 16th, Delta Comfort + will no longer be an ancillary seat offering, it will be a new fare type. Delta status travelers, who previously received these seats for free, will now be required to purchase at the time of booking or book a main coach fare and then log into Delta after ticketing to request an upgrade.  On the "plus" side, travelers  with or without status will now have the ability to secure Delta Comfort + at the time of booking in Concur.
Get on Your Way Fastercar
National Car Rental is providing you with a new, convenient feature. All you have to do is download the appThe virtual exit feature of the National Car Rental app is now live at 63 locations, and over 13,000 transactions to date.

Emerald Club Members simply scan a bar code on the car they've selected from the Emerald Aisle, confirm rental details, and show their phone as well as a driver's license at any exit booth. Virtual Exit decreases the time at the booth from roughly 90 seconds to 30 seconds.  Click here to download the app today.

Industry SnippetsSnippets
San Francisco ranked most expensive U.S. City Again: The city by the Bay has been ranked another year as the most expensive destination for business travelers in 2016. Second and third place cities were not too far behind with New York at $523.05 and Boston at $502.69. The trade publication Business Travel News (BTN) conducts a comprehensive study of the total daily costs that road warriors pay. For the third year in a row, San Francisco took the top honors in the United States. San Francisco remained the most expensive destination in the nation for business travel with an average daily cost of $547.34 for a hotel room, a rental car and meals. You can see the entire list here. 

Flights might soon reach CubaThe U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement earlier this year to allow commercial air traffic to resume to the island. Under the agreement, the Transportation Department will allocate 20 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, and 10 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and Cuba's nine other international airports.  It also should be no surprise that the airlines will do whatever it takes to get in on the ground floor, and take charge in this opportunity. Thirteen U.S. airlines have applied for the right to fly some of 110 flights between the U.S. and Cuba. 
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