January 2016
The REAL ID Act - What it Means to You
Starting sometime in 2016 (TBD), air travelers carrying a driver's license from certain U.S. states and territories will need to carry a second, U.S. government-approved form of ID. This is because their driver's licenses won't meet federal REAL ID standards.

What is the REAL ID Act?
The REAL ID Act sets standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards.

When is this happening?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hasn't yet announced exact roll-out dates. DHS will ensure that the traveling public has ample notice (at least 120 days) before any changes are made that might affect their travel planning.

So will I need a passport for domestic air travel starting January 2016?
No. Until enforcement at the airports begins, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards from all states, as well other forms of acceptable identification listed on the TSA website.

I should look into this. Where do I start?
Here's what we found...
Stay productive while on the road in 2016 StayProductive
As we enter 2016, most of us start the new year with resolutions of losing those 10 pounds we put on, getting our personal budgets in order, and being more productive while at work. It may be easy to be productive while in the office, but what about when you're on the road? We spoke with many of our frequent travelers and asked them how they stay productive whilst traveling.

Identify what distracts you. In order to be productive, it's vital to know what exactly it is that distracts you. Take a week to track how you spend your time, whether it's using a time tracker like RescueTime, a spreadsheet, or old fashioned pen and paper. Be honest with yourself through the process, noting what distractions hit you and when. At the end of the week, evaluate how you spend your time.

Double-up your workload. If you find it difficult to get work done while traveling, try doubling up your workload before traveling or use your flying time to get as much done as possible on the way to your destination.

Prioritize your to-do list. Although we might not all be Type A personalities, it doesn't mean we wouldn't benefit from a more organized to-do list. Build out your list, separating tasks by different priority levels. While it is always tempting to pick the smallest tasks, setting priority levels will remind you to tackle the largest projects first. Try using your commute or even the night before to set your priorities. Use apps like Evernote, Asana, Momentum, or even  Google Calendar, your list will be synced between your devices effortlessly. This way, you can arrive at the office or your destination ready to work.

Get a good pair of noise canceling headphones. Whether working from a cafe, hotel or anywhere else, it's usually impossible to control the noise around you. People talking, loud music, construction and traffic all make it hard to concentrate. Try a slipping on a pair of  noise isolating headphones to block them all out. Play some sort of ambient soundtrack (try  Brain.fm), and because outside noise is largely inaudible, the music volume can stay low enough that it doesn't distract.

Prioritize your email box. While on the road, it can be difficult to carve out time to check your email. Using an app like InboxMind assigns a priority to each email - a priority that reflects your priorities. It then automatically organizes your inbox so you stay focused on the truly important things.
Concur Travel Training  Concur
Travel Incorporated continues to offer LIVE Concur Travel web conferences quarterly to our customers. There are two types of sessions: 

New Travelers / Travel Arrangers - Learn the basics of how to navigate through the online booking tool, manage your profile and review the "bells and whistles" of Concur Travel.

Experienced Travelers / Travel Arrangers - Review recent and upcoming enhancements released by Concur, "knowledge share" of enriched features and an open Q&A forum. 
New Travelers
Experienced Travelers
Wed Feb 24
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Wed Feb 24
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST

New Travel Arrangers
Experienced Travel Arrangers
Thurs Feb 25
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST 
Thurs Feb 25
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST 

Industry Snippets Snippets
Delta Air Lines Extends MQM Promotion to January 31, 2016
Still hoping to reach Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion status for 2016? There is still time! Delta Air Lines has extended their Buy MQM's promotion until January 31, 2016. Delta is providing Medallion members with the opportunity to purchase up to 10,000  Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) that will apply toward your 2016 status. This is an excellent opportunity for travelers who are close to either retaining their current Elite status or the next level, without flying the required miles.  Click here for complete terms and conditions, and to purchase MQMs.
Delta Flies Highest in BTN's Annual Airline Survey
For the fifth consecutive year, corporate travel managers have named Delta Air Lines their favorite airline. The carrier once again earned the top score in all 10 categories in BTN's Annual Airline Survey, and it continued to gain ground on its competition. Its total score presided 0.9 points higher, on a five-point scale, than all its competitors. The carrier also raised its total score slightly year over year, improving in seven of 10 categories. Looking forward, Delta plans to further develop its Corporate Priority program, in which travelers of corporate clients receive elevated priority in cases of delays, cancellations or oversold situations, vice president of commercial operations Kristen Shovlin said, "We're putting an emphasis and protection around prioritizing corporate travelers. We've listened to customers and are building on what they want."
IRS Business Mileage Rate Decreases to 54 Cents per Mile
The Internal Revenue Service's business mileage rate is headed back down after a rise in 2015. The 2016 rate of 54 cents per mile is lower than 2015's 57.5 cents and 2014's 56 cents per mile. Many companies use the standard rate to calculate reimbursements for employees who use personal vehicles for business.