Posted October 23, 2017

A Refreshed Swabiz Is In The Works After Some Neglect

Southwest Airlines plans to relaunch its Swabiz corporate booking portal late next year, now that the airline has completed a years-long effort to swap out its core passenger services system, chief revenue officer Andrew Watterson said last week during the ARC TravelConnect conference in Washington D.C. Read More »
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Posted October 19, 2017

For Many, NDC Roads Lead Back To GDSs

When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more." Read More »
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Posted October 12, 2017
Mike Qualantone

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT EVP Mike Qualantone Talks IAG Deal

British Airways and Iberia are asserting more control over which agencies can secure, via global distribution systems, full fare content and waivers of their booking surcharge, which will take effect next month. American Express Global Business Travel is among the travel management companies that have entered into a new arrangement with the International Airlines Group airlines to waive the surcharge, assure sustained access to fares and inventory and, via the GDS channel, set the course for upgraded connectivity. Amex GBT EVP of global supplier relations Mike Qualantone caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss IAG's distribution model. Read More »
Posted October 10, 2017

Amadeus Facilitates TMC Deals With IAG Carriers To Waive GDS Surcharges

American Express Global Business Travel, HRG and Key Travel are among the travel management companies that will be shielded from British Airways' and Iberia's global distribution system surcharge, set to take effect Nov. 1. The fee waivers, for now, extend to bookings with Amadeus, which has facilitated TMC arrangements with International Airlines Group carriers. Read More »
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Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted September 22, 2017

Years Later, Two GAO Ancillary Fee Recommendations Go Unfulfilled

In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted a deep dive into ancillary airline fees and concluded "consumers could benefit from better information about airline-imposed fees." Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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Posted September 8, 2017

NuTravel Sells OBT, Shifts Focus To Airline Portal Business

NuTravel president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano will readily admit that the corporate booking tool business is tough, especially for a small company going toe-to-toe with a well-capitalized giant like Concur. Read More »
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Posted September 6, 2017

IATA Airlines Will Vote On Lifting Ban On Agency Card Payments

Travel agents accredited by the International Air Transport Association could be allowed to pay airlines using their own cards for the first time if carriers approve a significant change to the association's contentious Resolution 890. Read More »
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Posted August 31, 2017

TravelBank Lands $25 Million To Grow Team, Enhance Small Business T&E Product

In a crowded crop of business travel tech providers eyeing the small business sector, TravelBank got a significant boost in capital this week, with $25 million in additional funding to add staff and further develop its T&E product. Read More »
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