Posted September 29, 2004 - Chicago

Cendant-Orbitz Deal Would Reshape Industry

According to reports published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal and others, Cendant Corp. plans to acquire Orbitz for $1.2 billion in a deal that could be announced as early as Wednesday. Such a transaction carries a wide range of implications, not the least of which is delivering to Cendant a more solid consumer web presence than it had achieved through CheapTickets and Trip.com. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2004 - New York City

Northwest: Sabre Owes Us Money

Sabre Holdings is refusing to make discount payments owed to Northwest Airlines following the pair's recent dispute, Northwest alleged in an amended complaint filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota. Northwest also accused Sabre of 'turning off journey logic controls,' a pricing mechanism used by airlines to maximize revenues by better matching fares and inventory with customer needs. Read More »
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Posted September 27, 2004 - New York City

Airlines Consider GetThere Discounts, Access

Airlines have approached Sabre Holdings about offering special access and discounts to clients of its GetThere corporate self-booking system, regardless of the agency or global distribution system used by clients to support that tool. Read More »
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Posted September 24, 2004 - New York City

GDSs: Ready For Overhaul Under Deregulation

With the possible exception of bankrupt airlines, overreacting investors and new competitors, this week's Travel Distribution Summit organized by Eye For Travel showed that most experts believe global distribution system providers still have time to revamp their technological and economic models to ensure their survival--though not a lot of time. Read More »
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Posted September 23, 2004 - Chicago

Credibility, Scope, Service Challenge OTAs

Sabre Corporate Solutions president Ellen Keszler yesterday said the lack of brand credibility among corporate America is the most significant sales obstacle challenging online travel agencies. Other challenges include global scope and, according to an Expedia Corporate Travel executive, high-touch service. Read More »
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Posted September 22, 2004 - Chicago

ITA Getting Into GDS Game

ITA Software by year-end will produce an alternative to the global distribution systems, executives with ITA and United Airlines revealed today at the Travel Distribution Summit organized by Eye For Travel. Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2004 - New York City

Marriott Seeks Rate Increases, Sees Web Growth

Marriott International is looking for 2005 rate increases from its corporate accounts of 3 to 5 percent, said president and COO William Shaw in a presentation late yesterday to the Bank of America Securities investment conference. Shaw also said the company's 'rapidly growing' Internet bookings could double to about 20 percent of total 'in a couple years.' Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2004 - New York City

CWT Explores G2, Navitaire Direct Connects

Carlson Wagonlit Travel is exploring a relationship with G2 Switchworks, the startup travel technology provider founded by Orbitz's former head technology officer. 'There's nothing definitive, but clearly G2 has the knowledge and wherewithal, and they're not building from scratch,' CWT CIO Loren Brown said today. Read More »
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Posted September 17, 2004 - New York City

FEATURE: Watching Bookers

A key characteristic delineating managed versus unmanaged corporate travel is the extent to which companies employ and enforce travel policies. 'Heavily managed' is one way to describe companies that go so far as to have an alert emailed to travelers and/or their superiors when the former make out-of-policy decisions. Read More »
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Posted September 15, 2004 - New York City

'Best Available Rate' Grows With Galileo

Galileo International in the past two days added AmeriSuites and Wyndham, among others, to its program announced Monday that provides travel agency users access to the 'best published rates' available online or by telephone. More than a dozen hotel chains are participating, including Carlson Hospitality, Hyatt, Kimpton, Marriott and Omni. Read More »
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