Posted November 14, 2006 - Hollywood, Calif.

Amex Buys a Piece of Rearden

American Express has taken an equity stake in Rearden Commerce and will market a re-branded version of its employee business services platform, the companies will announce today.

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Posted October 17, 2006 - Chicago

Analyst Fuller: Good and Bad News for Online Travel Stocks

Increasing competition from supplier-direct booking channels is weighing heavily on stock prices for travel distribution and travel e-commerce firms despite their continuing high growth trends, Thomas Weisel Partners analyst Jake Fuller told attendees to Eye For Travel's Travel Distribution Summit here earlier this month.

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Posted September 29, 2006 - New York City

COMMENT: On Technology and Control

In preventing or absorbing the global distribution system pass-though fees for some clients but not others, some travel management companies have basically told customers that if they want the lowest possible transaction fees, they should leave the tech stuff to the TMC.

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Posted September 28, 2006 - London

Tech Providers Square Off On GDS Issue

Recent changes to airline agreements with global distribution system providers are resulting in increased travel management company fees for many clients. Certain TMCs, however, are offering to shelter clients against such increases--typically about $2 per ticket--if those customers choose the TMCs' favored technology solutions.

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Posted September 14, 2006 - New York City

LETTERS

On recent coverage of global distribution system content deals and fees:

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Posted July 28, 2006 - Lombard, IL

Concur Finding Success With 'End-to-End'

Concur Technologies reported the strongest quarter in its 12-year history with revenues up 44 percent to a record $26.9 million in the fiscal third quarter ended in June. Executives were particularly pleased with faster-than-expected customer uptake of Concur's enterprise expense solutions and new end-to-end suite of travel tools.

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Posted June 14, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

JetBlue Reconsiders GDSs

Citing the possibility of higher fares, increased load factors and greater exposure to the corporate market, JetBlue Airways CEO David Neeleman today gave the strongest public indication yet that the carrier is considering a return to global distribution systems. JetBlue has not listed fares and inventory in any GDS for nearly 18 months.

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Posted April 25, 2006 - New York City

JetBlue's Travelport Connection Uses Galileo

A JetBlue Airways official today confirmed that the carrier's partnership with Cendant's Travelport corporate self-booking tool, announced early this month, uses the Galileo global distribution system to connect with the airline's internal reservations system. This does not mean JetBlue is available in all Galileo channels, said sales development manager Brett Cochran.

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Posted February 1, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

JetBlue: More Channels If The Price Is Right

Following its first full year without global distribution system participation, JetBlue Airways "will do a lot more" to appear in corporate booking tools this year, according to CEO David Neeleman.

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Posted January 24, 2006 - Danbury, Conn.

Concur Eyes Res With Cliqbook Buy

Concur Technologies, a provider of automated corporate expense management services, yesterday said it acquired privately-held Outtask, Inc., a vendor of corporate online reservations and expense management tools. The addition of Outtask's Vinnet expense system further strengthens Concur's position in the expense management market while the Outtask Cliqbook system gives Concur a reputable foray into online travel reservations.

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