AmEx will need to go full-court press on Marriott to keep the Starwood relationship alive. It's not a deal AmEx can afford to loose.
Risk-taking innovation in the corporate travel space is hard to find. Sharing economy services with robust reporting and safety tools, however, will make change inevitable.
There will be a lot of angry travelers if Marriott chooses to eliminate Starwood's loyalty program.
How do American Express and other credit card companies pay for all those miles that get redeemed? Charging merchants transaction fees usually does the trick.
Airbnb takes another step closer to the mainstream through its new partnership with American Express. Hosts who are American Express cardholders will receive visible credentials on Airbnb, creating a new layer of host verification.
American Express pushed its travel business off the official books to a great extent with its joint venture for American Express Global Business Travel but Amex's credit card business is still very much tied to airline relationships.
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As sharing economy services provide stronger data tools to corporate agencies, the role of Uber and Airbnb will expand in corporate travel policies.
American and European tours looked so grand back then.
American Express may be a bit behind now, but it has enough years in the business that it can play catch up faster than its competitors would like.