Blending work travel with leisure travel is one of the best perks of traveling for work. It helps save on vacation costs and creates a better work-life balance for travelers and the concept is growing by leaps and bounds as revealed in National Car Rental’s second annual State of the Business Travel Industry Survey.
Airports are getting busier. According to the Bureau of Transportation Studies, 2017 was the busiest year ever for U.S. airlines, and 2018 looks to end just as busy, by more than 3 percent. With the highest number of passengers in history, anxious travelers have more on their minds as they head to the airport, but there are tools that they can use to ease their concerns, including some that are accessible right on their cell phones.
Here are five apps that will help to smooth out the difficulties of air travel today.
Google Assistant will soon start sending flight-delay notifications on mobile, and informing travelers about the reasons behind the disruption to their itineraries. This could be a really great service, and Google will do it at scale. Rest assured that an automated flight-rebooking service won’t be too far behind.
Against the rising tide of data breaches, corporate travel managers are seeking ways to help protect the personal and financial information of their companies’ travelers moving forward.
Hertz plans to offer fast check-out lanes powered by biometrics at more than 40 airports by the end of next year.
The first Hertz Fast Lane is now operating at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in partnership with Clear, the biometric-identity technology company that is best known for its private lanes at TSA checkpoints. Continue reading Hertz Doing Biometric Screening
Competition is heating up for supersonic travel and Aerion has established an interesting team to speed up high-end business travel. If it works, the glamour of high-speed crossings will finally return, and the world will open up a bit more. Continue reading Returning to Supersonic: One Company’s Plan to Go Back to the Future
“While technology has enabled people to be productive regardless of location, it’s also creating new ways for hackers to infiltrate otherwise secure systems,” said Mike McKee, CEO of ObserveIT, which helps corporate security teams prevent cybersecurity threats from within their companies.
A new tool coming from Capital One will make its travel credit cards more competitive with American Express and Chase. Only seasoned travel pros, however, may find it useful.