Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

AA To Add Fees, But Not On GDS

American Airlines minutes ago said that effective September 7, it will implement fees for domestic tickets bought from its U.S. reservations centers and at U.S. airports-but not for global distribution system bookings. The move is a blow for Northwest Airlines, whose GDS booking fees have been blasted by the travel industry over the past ten days. Read More »
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Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

Northwest Backs Off

Northwest Airlines late today said it dumped its fees for domestic tickets issued by travel agencies using global distribution systems in Canada and the United States. Read More »
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Posted September 2, 2004 - New York City

BTN: Expedia Corp. Travel Buys London Agency

Expedia Corporate Travel purchased $63 million travel management company World Travel Management for an undisclosed sum, Business Travel News reported today. The publication cited London-based World Travel Management's managing director, Mike Bor, as confirming the sale. An announcement is due in the coming days, BTN reported. Read More »
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Posted September 1, 2004 - New York City

Sabre 'Turns Up The Heat' In Northwest Fight

Sabre Travel Network now is showing in its global distribution system that Northwest Airlines' international business class inventory is sold out, even when it is not. The move adds to Sabre's previously announced actions responding to Northwest Airlines' new fees for GDS bookings, which take effect for tickets issued as of today. Read More »
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Posted September 1, 2004 - New York City

Worldspan Joins In Fee Display, Fray Continues

Worldspan this afternoon said it joined its global distribution system competitors in modifying displays to show the new fee Northwest Airlines introduced on tickets booked in GDSs, effective today. Read More »
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Posted August 30, 2004 - New York City

Parent Of Hickory, TraveLeaders Targets Late '05 Profit

Assuming 'new business opportunities which the company believes will come to fruition in the last quarter of 2004,' AMLH said Hickory should gain roughly $2 million in net profit during the December quarter. 'The company's management is in the process of changing the HTS business model in an attempt to significantly reduce the amount of losses incurred during the first three quarters of each fiscal year,' AMLH said. Read More »
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Posted August 27, 2004 - New York City

Aer Lingus To Exit GDSs In Ireland

Irish carrier Aer Lingus on September 13 will remove its fares and inventory from global distribution systems in its home country, head of Europe sales Enda Corneille confirmed today. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Other GDSs React As Agencies & Clients Avoid Northwest

With Northwest's and Sabre's dispute in the courts, Sabre's competitors are reacting to Northwest's plan to charge travel agencies fees for bookings made in their global distribution systems. Cendant unit Galileo this morning said it would take essentially the same stance as Sabre by denying Northwest 'a more prominent display for Galileo agencies, access to Galileo low fare shopping and flight information tools and access to the full discount' offered as part of their existing agreement. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Sabre Takes Another Swipe, Industry Waits

Sabre Travel Network today said it will include Northwest's new booking fees as part of shopping and pricing in the global distribution system for tickets issued as of September 1, when Northwest's charges take effect. A $200 roundtrip would be listed as $207.50 for Northwest, making the airline less competitive in low-fare searches, Sabre said. It's the latest in a series of moves announced by Sabre. Read More »
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Posted August 26, 2004 - New York City

Angry With Northwest, Corp. Buyers Seek Alternatives

Corporate America, including a number of companies that until this week considered Northwest Airlines a preferred supplier, is fuming over Northwest Airlines' plan to charge travel agencies fees for bookings they make in the global distribution systems.

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