Posted October 22, 2018

Airline Analyst Calls Agency Commission Growth 'Alarming'

United Airlines during its quarterly earnings call last week reported double-digit-percentage growth in corporate revenue on a year-over-year basis. With revenue come selling and distribution costs, and Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay seized on one of them: the "alarming" growth in commissions paid to travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted August 13, 2018

Delta Leans In To NDC, Preps GDS API Connections

Delta in the next month plans to become Level 3 certified under the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability program, joining some of the largest airlines in the world in reaching the milestone, including competitors American Airlines and United Airlines. Read More »
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Posted July 23, 2018

American Gives TMCs An Out For Basic Economy Buyer's Remorse

This month, American Airlines posted a new exchange procedure for travel agencies whose clients have Basic Economy buyer's remorse. Read More »
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Posted February 6, 2018
Rhonda Crawford

INTERVIEW: Delta Air Lines Distribution Executives

Delta Air Lines stressed that it wants to ensure consistency, transparency and choice across all distribution touch points. VP of global distribution and digital strategy Rhonda Crawford and managing director of global distribution strategy Jeff Lobl caught up with The Beat. Read More »
Posted February 2, 2018

Delta Cuts Upfront Commissions For Some Preferred Agencies

Several agency sources said Delta this week cut front-end U.S. point-of-sale incentives on international tickets for multiple agencies. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2018

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Delta To 'Lean In' To GDSs, Renews Full Content Deal With Travelport

Delta Air Lines has renewed its full content agreement with Travelport "on a long-term basis," the global distribution system operator announced Thursday. Read More »
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Posted January 23, 2017

Airlines' Instructions For Basic Economy: Suppress Sales Or Divulge Restrictions

As they join Delta Air Lines in selling their own stripped down Basic Economy fares, American Airlines this month and United Airlines last month issued guidance to travel management companies and corporate clients on distributing the new low-cost but heavily restricted options. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2016

Judge Denies Request To Halt Airlines' Combinable Fare Practices

A federal district judge in California denied a preliminary injunction that would have stopped airlines, as travel agent plaintiffs had requested, from pricing multicity fares at a price "greater than the sum of the combined non-refundable one-way fares for each leg of a passenger’s flight." Read More »
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Posted May 2, 2016

Airlines Defend Multicity-Fare Changes, Deny Conspiracy In Federal Court

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines separately asked a federal judge in California to deny a preliminary injunction requested by a group of travel agents that sued the airlines last month over fare-combination rules. The travel agents asked the court to prohibit the carriers from pricing multicity fares at a cost "greater than the sum of the combined non-refundable one-way fares for each leg of a passenger’s flight." Read More »
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