Posted January 19, 2018

HRG Mum On Commitment To U.S. Affiliate Program After Years-Long Partner Exodus

Ten years ago, HRG launched a North American affiliate program with a handful of U.S.-based travel management companies and a goal to add as many as a dozen members. Since then, the program has lost virtually all its U.S. affiliates and, according to former stakeholders, has been withering on the vine for years. 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 December 15, 2017
Adam Daniels

INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

British Airways introduced a global distribution system surcharge on Nov. 1 but at the last minute signed "private channel" deals waiving the surcharge for travel agencies that committed to eventually take BA content through New Distribution Capability-standard connections. The Beat’s Amon Cohen talked to BA chief commercial officer Adam Daniels and head of distribution Ian Luck about the thinking behind private channel and how BA and the rest of the travel industry are evolving to a new distribution model. Read More »
Posted December 14, 2017

Ryanair Leaves Amadeus And Sues Expedia, Asserting Direct-First Approach

Ryanair has long maintained an aggressively direct-first distribution philosophy. It calls Ryanair.com the most heavily trafficked airline website in the world, as well as its preferred platform to keep distribution costs down, nurture direct relationships with customers and, not least, sell them an array of ancillary products for which the low-cost carrier is famous. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

IATA Airlines Agree To Lift Ban On Agency Card Payments

International Air Transport Association member airlines will collectively allow accredited travel agents to pay for tickets with their own payment cards for the first time. Read More »
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Posted November 17, 2017

Most Of The Top U.K. TMCs Cut Deals On BA Surcharge

Most of the top 10 travel management companies in the U.K. have confirmed they've reached deals to waive British Airways' global distribution system surcharge for clients. Many of the TMCs, including the largest, described their arrangements as private-channel deals, the model facilitated by GDSs to shield customers from the airline's fee of 8 British pounds per fare component. Read More »
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Posted November 7, 2017
Emmanuelle Gailland

INTERVIEW: Air France-KLM VP Of Distribution Emmanuelle Gailland

Air France-KLM in January 2018 will launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface. An agency reservations portal and introduction of an 11 euro (US$13) global distribution system surcharge are scheduled to follow in April. The Beat's Amon Cohen spoke with VP of distribution Emmanuelle Gailland to learn more about the group's views on indirect distribution. Read More »
Posted November 3, 2017

Air France-KLM Announces €11 Per-Way GDS Surcharge, NDC API

Air France-KLM plans to launch a New Distribution Capability-based application programming interface in January 2018. As expected, it also will introduce an €11 per-way surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective April 1, 2018. On the same date, Air France-KLM will release an online booking portal for 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 30, 2017

Travel Industry Weighs Its Own GDPR-Compliant Code Of Conduct

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 2018, encourages industry segments to draw up codes of conduct to govern how relevant businesses could apply the regulation. Will a code of conduct emerge for travel? Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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