Posted February 14, 2017

Regulatory Freeze Raises Questions On DOT Bias Rule Status

A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule that prohibits travel agencies and airlines from biasing flight displays without notice officially takes effect Wednesday. Or, maybe it doesn't. DOT has declined to say for sure whether the scheduled Feb. 15 enactment will occur amid the Trump administration's regulatory freeze, leaving airlines, agencies and distributors in the dark. Read More »
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Posted November 23, 2016

Judge Blocks New Labor Department Overtime Rule Opposed By ASTA

A U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of salaried workers, including many travel agents, has been blocked from taking effect on Dec. 1, according to a preliminary court injunction issued Tuesday. Read More »
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Posted August 31, 2016

U.S. DOT Pushes Ancillary Fee Requirements To A Later Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Transportation has divided its long-awaited Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III rulemaking into three separate proceedings, passing off a contentious provision on ancillary fee disclosures into a later batch of rules that likely won't be considered until the next presidential administration. Read More »
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Posted May 20, 2016

Labor Department Rule Puts Travel Agents In Sweet Spot For Overtime Pay

On average, travel agents earn salaries that place them squarely in the zone of workers impacted by a new U.S. Department of Labor rule on overtime pay. Read More »
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Posted September 9, 2014

ASTA: Revenues Higher But Profit Ratios Lower For Corporate Agencies

A recent American Society of Travel Agents survey found that just over half of polled corporate travel agencies saw first-half 2014 revenues increase from the prior-year period. Read More »
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Posted July 16, 2014

Agency, Distributor And Other Groups Continue Fight For 'Transactability' Mandate In DOT Fee Rules

In its proposed rules governing the disclosure of ancillary fees in various sales channels, the U.S. Department of Transportation went short of what some groups representing distributors, agencies and consumers had advocated: that airlines be required to enable the sale of ancillaries in multiple channels, not just disclose their cost. Read More »
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Posted April 9, 2014

ASTA Survey: Corporate Agencies Optimistic After Profitable 2013

An American Society of Travel Agents survey released this week found that corporate travel agencies on the whole last year saw profits rise, revenues grow and client travel increase from the prior year. Corporate agent respondents broadly expressed greater optimism for 2014. Read More »
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Posted January 22, 2014

Open Allies, IATA Reach Agreement On NDC Standards

A vocal critic of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency agreed to withdraw the opposition it lodged with the U.S. Department of Transportation, "subject to the implementation" of conditions reached with the airline association. Read More »
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Posted September 25, 2012

ASTA Survey: Prospects Improve For Business Travel Agencies

Profit as a percentage of revenue for corporate travel agencies is expected to grow in 2012 by one percentage point to 9 percent, and then grow in 2013 by another point, according to results of a surv... Read More »
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Posted March 20, 2012

Observers Fear Post-Election Fate Of DOT Ancillary Fee Proposal

A U.S. Department of Transportation spokesman this week indicated by email that "August is still our target" for the oft-delayed proposed rulemaking that could require airlines to list ancillary products and fees in all channels, including the global distribution systems. Read More »
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