For the first time in a while, I got trapped in business travel hell last week. An extra night in Montreal wasn't so bad, but having to dial up Air Canada's phone support line wasn't fun.
It's fitting that we have news this week from two startups trying to fix the most annoying problems in corporate travel.
Lola has added group management functionality to its service, allowing managers to suggest spending limits alongside the company's artificial intelligence-powered travel suggestions. And TripActions announced another large funding round to help support its behavior-based booking program and expand into international markets.
For now, these companies are going after smaller businesses that don't need an ultra strict travel program, although TripActions is looking to partner with the bigger travel management companies out there. It's abundantly clear that solutions that make the business travel experience better for travelers are gaining traction in the wider marketplace.
Check out our coverage below of Lola, TripActions, and everything else corporate travel below.
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