February 2017
Concur Fusion 2017Fusion

Concur Fusion is an annual client conference where attendees have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of educational sessions, product training, and networking events. Attendees will receive valuable insight and best practice tips from Concur experts, their peers, and specialists in the travel, expense, and invoice management industries.

Concur Fusion takes place from March 14-17, 2017. This year, the event will be in Chicago at McCormick Place. Travel Incorporated is a proud sponsor of Concur Fusion. We are both a Gold-level sponsor, as well as a lanyard sponsor. As in previous years, Travel Incorporated will be bringing attendees the newest advances in travel technology as we demonstrate how we remain Connected & Beyond. We hope to see you at booth 63!

China to Start Fingerprinting Foreign Visitors Fingerprinting

Millions of foreigners visiting China annually will have their fingerprints collected. The new regulation began on Friday, February 10, 2017, after being announced by China's Ministry of Public Security on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

The requirement will apply to most people between the ages of 14 and 70. Foreigners holding a diplomatic passport, and Chinese citizens from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan will be exempted, the ministry said.

Fingerprint logging will start Friday in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city bordering Hong Kong, before being gradually implemented elsewhere.

Comparing the Big Three's Basic Economy Fares

In February, American Airlines is introducing a Basic Economy fare that, like United's Basic Economy offering, precludes passengers from carrying on bags that require overhead storage.

While the influx of the big three airlines all implementing Basic Economy Fares can provide cost-effective options for leisure travelers, they may not be right for business travelers. From not having assigned seating to not being able to carry on a bag, business travelers may not benefit. We've outlined the features of the Basic Economy Fares.

Seat Assignments
Choose your own seats at check-in
Auto-assigned at check-in
Auto-assigned at check-in; available for purchase 48 hours in advance
Carry-On Bags
One free full-size carry on and a personal item
Personal items only except for Premier members,
Star Alliance Gold members and MileagePlus cardholders
Personal items only except for elite members and co-branded cardholders
Ticket Changes
No No No
Award Miles
Yes Yes Yes
Elite-Qualifying Credit
Yes No Yes
No No No
Credit Card Holder Benefits
Priority boarding and a free checked bag with the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American ExpressPlatinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express(the latter also offer in-flight savings).
Priority boarding and a free checked bag with the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. 2 free checked bags, priority check-in and security with the United MileagePlus Club Card.
Priority boarding and a free checked bag with the the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCardand the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard.

Industry Snippetssnippets
President Trump's Travel Plan Halted - 
There has been a halt to President Trump's travel ban. The ban has moved to a higher U.S. court for review. 

The Trump administration's travel ban and the confusion around it has been creating headaches for some in the U.S. travel industry. The order banned travel to the U.S. from seven mostly Muslim countries, but it has some people so confused they aren't sure where they can travel.

Travel Incorporated will be monitoring the progress on this issue, and we will continue to report on our findings.
Southwest Reservation System Disruption - May 8th  - 
Southwest Airlines is migrating their reservation system and the final cutover date is scheduled for May 8th
What does this mean for travelers?
Travelers attempting to book a Southwest flight that initiates before May 8th and completes after May 8th will need to issue the trip in two separate one way tickets. 
Travelers attempting to book a round trip ticket in Concur that crosses over May 8th will receive an error message. The Travel Incorporated online technical support team is aware of this migration and will provide guidance to the travelers to book the flight as two separate one way tickets as a work around.
Flights that initiate and complete before May 8th, or initiate and complete after May 8th will not be affected.
Make sure you sign-up for  New & Experienced 
Travel Sessions May 17th & 18thconcur
Register for:  
Wed May 17, 2017 - 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST   Click Here 

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