Posted February 22, 2017

AA Asks For Court’s Help As It Negotiates New Sabre Deal

In December 2016, a jury found provisions in Sabre's 2011 global distribution system contract with US Airways violated federal antitrust law. Since then, American Airlines, which merged with the carrier after the lawsuit began, asked Sabre to exclude similar contractual provisions in a new GDS agreement, which would succeed the current deal that expires this year. So far, Sabre has "rebuffed" those requests. Read More »
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Posted February 21, 2017

Travelport's U.S. GDS Segments Turn Positive, Share Declines 'Stabilized'

After reporting year-over-year declines in global distribution system segments in the United States for each quarter of 2015 and the first three quarters of last year, Travelport's U.S. segments finally turned positive in the fourth quarter, CEO Gordon Wilson said today. Read More »
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Posted February 17, 2017

Tripbam In, TripRebel Out For European Hotel Shopping Tech

Both Tripbam and TripRebel have targeted the corporate market with software that re-shops booked hotels for better deals. The former is expanding into Europe with a London office and expanded language, content and currency capabilities. The latter recently went insolvent. Read More »
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Posted February 15, 2017

DOT Gives Agencies Breathing Room On Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed it would extend the compliance date for new rules on airline biasing that had been set to take effect today. Read More »
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Posted February 14, 2017

Regulatory Freeze Raises Questions On DOT Bias Rule Status

A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule that prohibits travel agencies and airlines from biasing flight displays without notice officially takes effect Wednesday. Or, maybe it doesn't. DOT has declined to say for sure whether the scheduled Feb. 15 enactment will occur amid the Trump administration's regulatory freeze, leaving airlines, agencies and distributors in the dark. Read More »
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Posted February 10, 2017

Egencia Looks To Double Sales In Four Years, Bulk Up Sales Force

Last year, Egencia's gross bookings rose 17 percent from 2015 to reach $6.4 billion, and Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday the company's corporate travel arm aims "to double over the next four years." Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2017

More TMCs Certify Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

More than half a dozen travel management companies have certified under the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield framework since the program went live last summer. Read More »
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Posted February 7, 2017

Sabre Fourth-Quarter GDS Bookings Rebound, Job Cuts Underway

Following a sluggish third quarter, Sabre reported that global distribution booking volume improved to close the year, and the company offered a mostly sunny outlook for booking trends in 2017. Sean Menke, addressing quarterly earnings for the first time since he became CEO in December, during an earnings call today touched on the US Airways verdict and a few strategic priorities, including system stability. The company's fourth-quarter earnings release also addressed job cuts underway. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017

Concur Embarks On Message Bot With Slack Integration

Concur is beta testing a bot with group messaging system Slack that can support simple T&E tasks via a conversational interface. It marks the beginning of Concur's foray into the buzzed about world of messaging interfaces and bots. Read More »
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Posted February 1, 2017

CWT CEO Ekert Talks Strategy, Tech Investment, Hotel Solutions And Cuts

Last April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel appointed Travelport vet Kurt Ekert as CEO. After nine months on the job, he has retooled the organization, including a revamped executive team, and embarked on a refreshed strategy. Read More »
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