Posted October 11, 2018

Consumer-Led GDS Lawsuit Fails To Secure Class Action Status, Sabre Holds Out On Settling

A consumer-led federal antitrust lawsuit filed in 2015 against the three major global distribution system operators has not achieved the class action status originally sought by plaintiffs, according to a court order this month. Read More »
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Posted October 1, 2018

American Airlines' Cory Garner Will Stay With The Carrier After All

When American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner in July revealed plans to retire from the airline at the end of the year, he noted: "I’m sure you haven’t heard the last from me." Indeed, we haven't. Garner has reversed his decision to take a voluntary package from the airline. Instead, he has chosen to remain in his current role. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2018

Groupize Adds More TMC Resellers And Partners

Groupize has signed about 45 TMCs as resellers of its technology for venue sourcing, room block management, attendee management, registration, approvals and data and reporting on "simple" meetings. Among the dozens listed on the company's site are BCD Travel, Christopherson Business Travel, Travel and Transport and Travel Leaders Corporate. Read More »
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Posted September 25, 2018

FAA Bill Spares TMCs From New Customer Service Requirements

The U.S. House and Senate in recent days reached a bipartisan, final agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and set forth a variety of provisions on airport infrastructure, airline safety and even airplane seat sizes. There is some relief for corporate travel agencies buried in the bill, which is widely expected to go into law. Read More »
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Posted September 20, 2018

Upside Adds Tools And Perks For The Employer

Ever since it launched, Jay Walker's business travel startup Upside has gone directly after the end-user business traveler. More recently, the company has added a few tools and perks for the employer, including employee onboarding support, reports on spending and a cashback rewards program for participating companies. Read More »
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Posted September 19, 2018

Sabre Shelves Prism's Avion Airline Contracting Tool For Buyers

Sabre will sunset Prism Group's Avion travel management software product at the end of the year. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2018

TMCs Tap FlightGlobal To Streamline Airline Waiver Processes

To better manage the waiver onslaught, several travel management companies, including Fox World Travel and Gant Travel, have adopted FlightGlobal's Travel Waiver Services to push airline waiver information directly to frontline agents. Read More »
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Posted September 13, 2018

Buyer Group Urges Corporate Travel Industry 'To Do More' On NDC

A group of travel buyers urged airlines, global distribution systems, online booking tools, travel management companies and travel managers "to do more" to advance the New Distribution Capability standard to meet buyer needs. Read More »
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Posted September 12, 2018

Corporate Travel Rewards Startup Tripkicks Emphasizes Risk-Free Pricing, Configurability

Even if plenty of managed travel professionals reject the concept, players that incentivize corporate travelers to beat trip budgets have gained investors, partners and some user acceptance. The latest to market is Tripkicks, which was founded this year with backing from Acquis Consulting to set trip budgets and offer monetary rewards to managed travelers who come in under budget. Read More »
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Posted September 7, 2018

IATA Plans New NDC Certification Levels As Program Looks To Scale

The International Air Transport Association plans to add two certification levels for its New Distribution Capability program "in early 2019," which will require airlines, aggregators and sellers to adopt additional application programming interface messages and, at the top tier, demonstrate ability to support high-volume NDC-based airline distribution. Read More »
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