Posted October 5, 2017

The Beat Readers' Choice Awards: Delta Tops Airlines, BCD Leads TMCs

Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline, as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for six consecutive years. Read More »
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Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted September 29, 2017

Deem Gets TMC Buy-In For Hotel Attachment Offering

Deem this week named several corporate travel management companies that have deployed its Intelligent Attach product, which aims to increase the rate of hotel bookings relative to air purchases. Read More »
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Posted September 26, 2017

Direct Travel, ATPI Form Jointly Held Multinational TMC

Direct Travel has joined with Anglo-Dutch travel management company ATPI Group to form Direct ATPI Global Travel, a jointly held company that will focus on multinational midmarket corporate clients, the companies announced Tuesday. Read More »
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Posted September 25, 2017

Trainline For Business Launches Single API For International Rail

U.K. domestic corporate rail booking provider Trainline for Business has marched into the product territory held by SilverRail after launching a single application programming interface for international rail. Read More »
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Posted September 22, 2017

Years Later, Two GAO Ancillary Fee Recommendations Go Unfulfilled

In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted a deep dive into ancillary airline fees and concluded "consumers could benefit from better information about airline-imposed fees." Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2017

Sabre Says Plaintiffs Don't Show Harm From Synxis Breach

Sabre this week filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit stemming from the breach of its Synxis central reservations system, which is widely used by hotels to host reservation data, including payment information. Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted September 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2017

GDS Lobby Says European Commission Is 'Dragging Its Feet' On Lufthansa Surcharge Probe

The European Commission is deliberately "dragging its feet" over an investigation into Lufthansa Group’s €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, according to the European Technology and Travel Services Association. The GDS and online travel agency trade body is working with Members of European Parliament, or MEPs, to force a decision from the commission over whether Lufthansa's GDS surcharge breaches European regulations on computer reservations systems, a synonym for GDSs. Read More »
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