Posted October 5, 2016

Primer On This Month's Sabre-US Airways Trial

US Airways' antitrust lawsuit against Sabre is set to go to trial before a jury beginning on Oct. 24. The trial will be held in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, with Judge Lorna Schofield presiding. Below, The Beat answers questions about the proceedings, the issues in contention between the litigants and what could happen next. Read More »
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Posted October 3, 2016

IATA Reviews BSP Sales Cap After Agent Backlash

The International Air Transport Association is reviewing plans to cap sales for travel agents through its Billing and Settlement Plan after encountering strong opposition from various agency associations. The cap, known as Remittance Holding Capacity, was one pillar of a major BSP overhaul. While the cap is on hold, three other pillars of the overhaul were adopted at IATA’s Passenger Agency Conference in Singapore last month. Read More »
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Posted September 29, 2016

Appeals Court Reverses DOJ's Antitrust Win In Favor Of Amex

A U.S. court of appeals this week ruled in favor of American Express and reversed an earlier U.S. district court decision that had sided with the U.S. Department of Justice to prohibit Amex's "non-discrimination provisions" on merchants. Read More »
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Posted September 27, 2016

BCD Travel Picks Up Majority Stake In China Joint Venture

BCD Travel signed a deal to increase its stake in its travel management joint venture in China and Hong Kong to a majority holding. The mega travel management company will have a "controlling interest in a new Greater China market, one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions," the company is announcing today. Read More »
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Posted September 23, 2016

Siemens: More Direct Connections To Come After Lufthansa

Siemens is talking to more airlines about building direct connections from their reservation systems into its booking tool, the company’s travel team told The Beat. Munich-based Siemens started a pilot connection, bypassing global distribution systems, to Lufthansa Group carriers in March and rolled out the interface across all divisions in Germany on Aug. 1. Lufthansa announced earlier this month it had completed connections to both Siemens and Volkswagen. Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2016

Distributor Trade Bodies Seek To Centralize Coordination With IATA, Not Form Rival Standards

Amid the International Air Transport Association's ongoing formulation of standards for distribution and financial services, two trade bodies that represent global distribution systems and online travel agencies have centralized their coordination with IATA and other standards-making bodies. Read More »
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Posted September 20, 2016

Sabre Looks Outside Travel Industry In CEO Search

Sabre is looking at candidates outside the travel industry and with a technology background in its search to replace Tom Klein as chief executive. Read More »
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Posted September 15, 2016

GDS Trade Bodies Form 'Counterpart' Group On IATA Standards

Two trade bodies representing global distribution systems and online travel agencies informed the International Air Transport Association this month that they have established a new working group "to be the distribution industry’s counterpart of IATA in matters of airline distribution and financial services standard setting." Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2016

Concur: Hipmunk Will Influence Our Enterprise User Experience

Concur's deal to acquire metasearch operator Hipmunk, announced Tuesday, won't have an immediate impact on the user experience or design of Concur's enterprise travel offerings. Yet, in the acquisition, Concur executive vice president of travel Tim MacDonald sees an innovator in travel search and user experience that, down the road at least, will influence the tools Concur provides to corporate users. Read More »
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Posted September 13, 2016

As Enabler And Critic, Amadeus Has Varied Interests In Direct Connects

As the world's largest global distribution system operator by booking share, it seems paradoxical that Amadeus would help an airline bypass the GDS. But last week, Lufthansa Group announced "new distribution solutions for corporate clients" that include a "new non-GDS interface" that was developed with Amadeus. Read More »
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