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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Posted December 22, 2016

Takeaways, Next Steps And Implications Of US Airways-Sabre Verdict

This week, an 11-member jury found that Sabre "unreasonably restrained trade" via a 2011 contract with US Airways. Here are some takeaways on the verdict, based on conversations with representatives from airlines, the investment sector and the legal community, as well as consultants and industry watchers. Read More »
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Posted December 20, 2016

US Airways Prevails In Antitrust Contract Claim, Sabre Plans To Contest Verdict

An 11-member jury found that Sabre's contract provisions ran counter to federal antitrust law and awarded US Airways, now American Airlines, $5.1 million in damages. Read More »
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Posted December 16, 2016

Try As They Might, TMCs Can't Block Sabre Incentive Disclosures At Trial

Last month, each of the four mega travel management companies filed non-party memos with the federal court hearing the US Airways-Sabre antitrust case. In those, American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG asked U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield to redact in-court disclosures that would reveal per-segment incentives each received from Sabre. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2016

Judge Hands US Airways-Sabre Case To Jury After Closing Arguments

"Here we are at last," U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield said Wednesday morning in a federal court here, kicking off the final day at trial in the five-year-plus antitrust case between US Airways and Sabre. At last, plaintiff US Airways, now American Airlines, and defendant Sabre made their final pleas to the jury in closing arguments. Read More »
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Posted December 14, 2016

CTM Bulks Up In The U.K. With Redfern Acquisition

Australia-based Corporate Travel Management announced plans to acquire U.K.-based Redfern Travel and Tasmania-based Andrew Jones Travel. In conjunction, the publicly traded travel management company issued a new share purchase option to eligible shareholders to raise A$71 million to fund the deals. Read More »
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Posted December 9, 2016

Judge Tosses Agent Suit Alleging Multicity Fare Conspiracy Among Airlines

A U.S. District judge in California dismissed a federal antitrust lawsuit a group of travel agents against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. A group of travel agents filed the suit in April, alleging that those airlines, "aided and abetted" by the Airline Tariff Publishing Co., conspired to change fare-combination rules to raise the price of combinable, multicity tickets. Read More »
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