Posted January 31, 2017

Incoming CEO: ATPCO Modernizing To Keep Pace With Airline Distribution

As he becomes CEO of fare-filing giant ATPCO this week, Rolf Purzer says airline distribution is changing rapidly, and ATPCO must change with it. Read More »
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Posted January 27, 2017

Court Exhibits From Sabre Flesh Out Airline Conspiracy Claims

In 2013, Sabre filed heavily redacted counterclaims against US Airways alleging the airline colluded with competing carriers on dealings with global distribution systems. The claims never proceeded as part of their years-long antitrust lawsuit, which landed a verdict in the airline's favor last month. Read More »
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Posted January 24, 2017

TripActions Launches 'All-In-One' Travel Booking And Management Tech

After a year of testing and client pilots, Bay Area corporate travel startup TripActions is officially launching. TripActions bills its offering as "all-in-one travel management technology" that provides travelers with booking and in-trip mobile technology, a rewards system for beating budgets and offline agent support. For client companies, TripActions promises simple, all-inclusive pricing, policy management, the ability to load discounts, data reporting and savings. Read More »
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Posted January 23, 2017

Airlines' Instructions For Basic Economy: Suppress Sales Or Divulge Restrictions

As they join Delta Air Lines in selling their own stripped down Basic Economy fares, American Airlines this month and United Airlines last month issued guidance to travel management companies and corporate clients on distributing the new low-cost but heavily restricted options. 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 January 19, 2017

New Ovation Sales Program Courts VIPs Served By Other TMCs

Ovation Corporate Travel launched a new sales program and service offering to handle VIP travelers for accounts served by other travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted January 18, 2017

DOT Proposes Ancillary Disclosure Rules, But Finalization In Question

The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new proposal to mandate the disclosure of ancillary fee information through the sales channels where airlines provide fare and schedule information. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2017

Startup Aims To Modernize Booking Confirmations With Dynamic Emails

SeatAssignMate wants to help travel agencies modernize reservation confirmation emails that land in the inboxes of travelers with sales-capable, interactive emails. Read More »
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Posted January 10, 2017

Sabre Picks Apart Verdict In Plea For Favorable Judgment

As expected, Sabre on Monday filed a motion with the federal court that oversaw the antitrust claim it unsuccessfully defended against US Airways, now American Airlines. The global distribution system operator asked a federal court to issue a judgment in its favor, despite a jury verdict that had sided with the airline. "In the alternative," Sabre asked the court to grant a new trial on the contract claim on which US Airways prevailed last month. Read More »
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Posted January 9, 2017

BEAT SHEET: WorldMate Discontinued; Sabre's Suits; Res System Vulnerabilities; Agent Outlook

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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