Posted March 15, 2018

Do GDS Contracts Inflate Airfares? A Few U.S. Majors Say Yes

Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2018

United Airlines' Hilfman To Retire At Year-End

United Airlines senior vice president of worldwide sales and well-known industry veteran Dave Hilfman will retire from the airline at the end of the year. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2017

Airlines Seize On DOT's Opening To Review And Repeal Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal. Read More »
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Posted June 8, 2017

Jeff Katz's Cross-Supplier Data Exchange Goes Into Testing

It's been nearly a year since Jeff Katz, BCG and several major U.S. airlines and hotels debuted a data exchange concept to facilitate personalized in-trip experiences for travelers and target merchandizing to them. Since then, Dihedral has rebranded to Journera and expanded its executive team, while engineers and data scientists built a minimum viable product. Now, Journera and partners are moving from construction to testing. Read More »
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Posted March 24, 2017

FlightStats, Gant And United Work On A More 'Perfect Waiver' Process

When severe weather and other disruptions strike, airlines issue waivers that allow travelers to rebook or cancel flights without the typical fees. Yet, carriers have used manual methods to pass waiver information to travel agencies like emails or posts on their websites. Read More »
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Posted January 20, 2017

ARC Data Show Uneven Corporate Trip Volumes In Q4

The number of trips processed by business travel agencies and settled through ARC during the fourth quarter fell 2.6 percent year over year. The quarter was jagged, with a year-over-year decline in trip volume in October, a year-over-year uptick in November and another fall in December. Despite unevenness in the ARC figures, major U.S. airlines said business travel demand strengthened after the U.S. presidential election and continued into 2017. Read More »
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Posted December 9, 2016

Judge Tosses Agent Suit Alleging Multicity Fare Conspiracy Among Airlines

A U.S. District judge in California dismissed a federal antitrust lawsuit a group of travel agents against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. A group of travel agents filed the suit in April, alleging that those airlines, "aided and abetted" by the Airline Tariff Publishing Co., conspired to change fare-combination rules to raise the price of combinable, multicity tickets. Read More »
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Posted July 25, 2016

ARC Data: Business Trip Volumes Dip In Q2

The number of business trips settled through ARC during the second quarter fell 1 percent year over year. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2016

Major Travel Suppliers Buy Into Open Data Exchange From Jeff Katz And BCG

Orbitz Worldwide founding chairman, president and CEO Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group are coming out with an ambitious plan for an open-source travel industry operating system that already has won buy-in and investments from American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and United Airlines. Read More »
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Posted April 19, 2016

Travel Agents Sue Major Airlines Over Multicity Fare Changes

A group of airline passengers and travel agents this week filed an antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines that alleges they conspired to change fare-combination rules that inflated the price of multicity tickets. The lawsuit also names the Airline Tariff Publishing Co. as a defendant, claiming the airline-owned body, which publishes fare data, "aided and abetted" the airlines. Read More »
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