Posted November 2, 2017

Travelport CEO Discusses The Decline And Fall Of Full Content For All

"The airlines are becoming more selective about who they distribute through," Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said in an interview today. "I don't mean GDSs on this. I mean travel agencies." Read More »
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Posted November 1, 2017

BA Waiving Surcharge For Big Corporate Spenders, For Now

British Airways and Iberia today enacted their surcharge on global distribution system bookings that amounts to $10 per fare component. Yet some large corporate clients will not be subject to the fee, at least for a period, multiple sources confirmed. Read More »
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Posted October 31, 2017

Sources: Sabre, Travelport Poised To Facilitate IAG Fee Waivers For Some TMCs

With the clock ticking, Sabre and Travelport are nearing distribution arrangements that will help shield select travel management companies from the booking surcharge British Airways and Iberia plan to enact on Wednesday. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2017

IAG: GDS Costs Rise, Payoff Will Come Later

Discussing the International Airlines Group's approach to global distribution systems in May, CEO Willie Walsh said British Airways and Iberia were "prepared to take some short-term pain to get some long-term structural change in that relationship." 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 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 June 7, 2017

Sabre Downplays Impact Of BA, Iberia Surcharges On Its Own Business

Late last month, Sabre stated that it was disappointed to see British Airways and Iberia initiate a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1, and to "impose costs and inconvenience for those using the GDS channel." Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2017

Addressing Some Pressing Questions On IAG's GDS Surcharge

Long rumored to be in the works, International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia last week announced plans to surcharge global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1. The fee comes to £8 or US$10 per "fare component," generally defined as a one-way ticket or half a round-trip. Below are answers to some questions that have arisen since IAG formalized its plans. They include reactions from industry stakeholders, IAG's path ahead, ways for bookers to avoid the proposed GDS surcharge and some context relative to Lufthansa Group's initiative, which turns two-years-old this week. Read More »
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