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10 Steps for Creating a Win-Win Corporate Travel Policy

Our new eBook spells out the 10 simple steps for creating a corporate travel policy that actually works — for your company and your employees ...

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Win Lola.com's 'Ultimate Super Bowl Package'

  To celebrate the big Patriots win on Sunday, Lola.com is spreading some love by giving one lucky winner (and their guest!) the opportunity to get ...

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Introducing Corporate Travel Policy Week

At Lola.com, we take corporate travel policies seriously. How seriously? We’re devoting an entire week (ok, ok — an entire two weeks) to talking ...

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50 Corporate Travel Stats That Will Surprise You

Business Travel is a massive industry. But just how big is it? The team at Lola.com wanted to find out - so we dug deep to find the largest and ...

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The Ultimate Government Shutdown Travel Kit

Closed terminals, delayed flights, snaking security lines — these things all contribute to anxiety. So what can you do to minimize the travails of ...

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'From 3 Days to 10 Minutes' — How Drift eliminated travel friction with Lola.com

Lola.com’s easy-to-use booking platform allowed Drift employees to complete bookings on their own with the company's travel guidelines built right ...

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Scooters: The New Scourge of Corporate Travel?

Everybody in the travel business is giving you tips for travel in 2019, so let me put in my two cents, as they used to say when two cents had at ...

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Video: The ins and outs of the Lola.com & GBT Deal

Late in 2018, Lola.com announced an industry-shaking partnership with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT). The deal marries GBT's ...

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2019 Travel Trends: Steamboat Springs

Haven't heard about Steamboat, yet? You soon will.

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Is the Mileage Run Dead?

It’s the end of the year. That used to mean something for business travelers anxious to preserve elite status on an airline. For many of us, it meant ...

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3 Business Travel Trends to Watch in 2019

(Note: You can see Mike share these predictions on Cheddar TV by clicking here.) There is no denying that business life is changing. More people are ...

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The Most Important Hotel Amenities for Business Travelers

The hotel per diem allowed by your company is based on cost, but what does that cost include? No-charge extras can make a big difference in comfort ...

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The Easiest Way to Set Meal Per Diem Guidelines

If you read our blog post last week, then you know that meal per diems can improve travel for you and your team. So now that you've decided a per ...

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How Setting Meal Per Diems Can Improve Travel for You and Your Team

Instituting a per diem allowance for meals when employees are traveling ensures your people won’t get short-changed and your travel budget won’t get ...

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On the Road

I haven’t had a gun since 1968, when a Marine quartermaster in Vietnam (I was in the Navy, but on the ground) handed me an M14 rifle and snarled, ...

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All Good Travel Policies Have These 5 Things in Common

  A good travel policy is a good thing. But why not make yours great? Leaders shoot for the moon, right? And, frankly, your travel-weary employees ...

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The True Cost of Corporate Travel Policy Non-Compliance

How much is your organization spending on corporate travel? A lot, probably. For a typical company, travel is the single-highest controllable expense ...

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7 Things to Avoid Putting in Your Corporate Travel Policy

The best corporate travel policy for your organization will be unique to you because your company’s travel reality is different from other firms. ...

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What is a Corporate Travel Policy?

A corporate travel policy is a tool designed to help both employees and company executives make effective decisions. It explains what you expect from ...

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How to Make a One-Page Corporate Travel Policy

Why have a travel policy if your team doesn’t follow the rules? Unfortunately, the problem with most travel policies is simple: they are too ...

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Reducing Meal Expenses for Business Travelers

When you take the time to write up a business travel policy, it’s often hard to figure out what parameters to set around meal reimbursement. You want ...

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Fake Reviews Are Real. Help Your Team Avoid Them.

When your employees are booking a hotel for business travel, there’s a good chance they are looking up reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. But ...

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How to Get Your Employees to Spend Less on Business Travel

When you’re coming up with a business travel policy for your company, it’s hard to balance the needs of the business with the needs of your team. If ...

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4 Signs It's Time to Stop Using Excel to Manage Your Travel Expenses

Like so many other companies, you might still be using Excel to manage your team’s business travel expenses. While this is a good short term ...

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What's the Best Corporate Travel Solution For You?

  If your company is like most, your travel process is probably disorganized and complicated. Fear not! There are several corporate travel solutions ...

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Why Basic Economy is Bad for Business Travelers

Running a travel program for your business can often feel like juggling. You have to balance your needs (like staying under budget and reporting ...

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Lola.com's 24/7 Travel Consultants Make Business Travel Stress-Free

If your employees are traveling for business, chances are they've experienced the stress and frustration that comes along with flight delays. ...

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6 Reasons Your Employees Hate Your Travel Policy

You’ve taken the time to write up a travel policy, but your employees are not following it. We’ve put together some common mistakes companies make in ...

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A Day in the Life of Lola.com's EA

“Wait… so what does an Executive Assistant actually do?” It’s a question I get asked. A lot. If you had asked me that exact question last year, I ...

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Simplified Corporate Travel Planning for Executive Assistants

If you’re an Executive Assistant, then you know what it’s like to be planning, booking, and changing travel plans for your boss. Most EAs book ...

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How to Set Hotel Per Diems by City

Corporate travel policies are put into place to help guide employees with decisions when booking hotels and flights for business trips. These ...

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What Having No Travel Policy Really Means for Your Company

There comes a time when most growing businesses need to determine if they need a business travel policy, or if they should continue to let employees ...

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5 Things to Include in Your Travel Policy

If your company doesn’t currently have a travel policy, then you know the pain of employee overspending, stressed out travelers, and wasted time ...

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Flexible Policies can Decrease Travel Expenses

Did you know that one of the highest, most controllable expenses for a company is business travel?

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Keeping it Real: Tips and Tricks That Actually Make Business Travel Enjoyable

  We’ve all read the same article, or some version of it, over the years: “Tips and Tricks for Beating the Airlines at Their Own Game.” These tips ...

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How to Spend Less Time in Line at the Airport

Have you ever stood in a long security line at the airport? It is less than thrilling. However, there is a faster (and better) way to travel and it ...

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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Setting Up Heptio-Authenticator

If you’re in Operations then I’m sure you’ve already felt the pain of having to manage permissions on dozens of third party applications. When we ...

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From the Road: What Travelers Want in a Company Travel Policy

My first job out of college was in sales for a significant Wall Street player.  My first business trip was the inevitable – back to my alma mater to ...

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Every business traveler needs a 24/7 travel assistant

Winter travel can be unpredictable and unpleasant. For frequent business travelers, the winter is even more taxing with flight delays, cancellations, ...

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5 Ways to Make a Traveler Friendly Policy

A traditional corporate travel policy is many things, but traveler friendly is not one of them. More and more companies are learning that in order to ...

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AI: Another Banner Year

We are set to conclude another banner year for applied machine learning and artificial intelligence, in what has now proven to be a long, successive ...

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Business travel sucks. Luckily, Lola is here to make it all better.

Launching today, Lola is a tool that makes every facet of business travel easier, with a model and services no one in the travel industry has offered ...

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Business Travelers, We Have Heard You and Help is on the Way

A year ago when we launched Lola, we wanted to learn about the possibilities and the practicality of real human and AI driven service in travel. ...

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GV and Tenaya Ventures Join Lola’s Series B Financing

I am pleased to share that GV and Tenaya Ventures have added an additional $5M each to our Series B financing. This brings our Series B round to a ...

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Charles River Ventures Leads $15M Lola Series B Funding

I’m excited to share that we’ve secured $15M in Series B funding led by Charles River Ventures (CRV) along with additional investments from our ...

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AI: What Happened and What’s Next

We just finished a banner year for practical machine learning and artificial intelligence. And as we start a new calendar, it seems an opportune time ...

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The Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

The world is hurtling toward a dramatic change, and I’m not so sure it is ready for it. Let me elaborate:

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Lola to Acquire Hotel Search Site Room 77

We’re creating a better way for people to find and book the right hotel, flight and other travel. I’ve long admired the Room 77 team for their ...

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How do Machines Learn?

Machine learning has become one of the hottest buzzwords in business. You see it everywhere, everyone wants it, everyone is talking about it, and ...

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What is a Neural Network?

In a nutshell, the human brain is little more than a collection of billions and billions of tiny neurons, connected by synapses, that collectively ...

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NLP vs. NLU: What’s the Difference?

It is easy to confuse common terminology in the fast-moving world of machine learning. For example, the term NLU is often believed to be ...

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English Leads In Speech Recognition, But Not For Long

There are as many as 1.5 billion English speaking people in the world, including those who speak English as a second language. That may sound like a ...

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Longitude, Latitude and the Lola Brand

We’re launching the Lola brand on the Lola website and in our private beta iOS app this week.

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