Posted October 20, 2017

Air France-KLM GDS Surcharge Looms

Air France and KLM are poised to introduce a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to airline and travel management company sources. 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 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. 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 May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2017

Ukraine International Airlines Waives GDS Surcharge For Partner Agencies

Ukraine International Airlines enacted a $9 per-segment surcharge on travel agency bookings, effective April 13, to "cover the growing fees of global distribution systems," the carrier confirmed. In conjunction, however, the airline offered a seemingly straightforward option for travel agencies to avoid additional expense. Read More »
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Posted October 13, 2016

Amex GBT's Qualantone Addresses New Surcharge On Select Airline Bookings

Many of the airlines that now cost corporate clients $10 extra to book through American Express Global Business Travel would call themselves "low-cost carriers." Amex GBT does not agree. The travel management company deems airlines that don't adopt industry standards on fare filing, booking and settlement to be "high-cost," and it has embarked on a "comprehensive" global program to pass booking and processing costs to customers. Read More »
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Posted November 3, 2015

While Lufthansa Downplays Booking Decline, Others See Notable Shift

Last week, Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr told investors that the Sept. 1 enactment of its global distribution system surcharge had been "neutral" on the company's bottom line for the third quarter but acknowledged "some headwinds" from non-home travel markets. He was the latest and highest ranking Lufthansa official to downplay the impact of its new distribution strategy. Read More »
Posted August 11, 2015

Brazil Spared Lufthansa Surcharge As Collection Method Changes

Lufthansa notified agencies that it will use a different method than previously planned to levy its €16 global distribution system surcharge. The seemingly minor technical detail has prompted the airline group to delay the surcharge in the Brazilian market, citing "unclear" legal implications. Read More »
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Posted July 30, 2015

Lufthansa: GDS Surcharge Will Have 'Neutral' Short-Term Impact

Lufthansa's proposed €16 per-ticket surcharge on global distribution system bookings should not impact the airline group's financial performance in the short term and should have a positive effect farther out, Lufthansa CFO Simone Menne projected during the company's first-half-results conference call on Thursday. Read More »
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