Posted March 15, 2017

Judge Tosses Six Of Eight Claims ECS Pursued Against CTS

A U.S. district court judge this week dismissed six of the eight claims eCommission Solutions pursued in a lawsuit against estranged hotel commission recovery partner CTS Systems. The judge also upheld a prior ruling denying CTS's request to bring in Dell Marketing as a defendant. CTS operated as a subcontractor for Dell and had tried to shift blame in court. Read More »
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Posted March 14, 2017

Most Comments On DOT's Suspended Distribution RFI Were Penned By Travel Tech Lobby

More than 99 percent of the roughly 57,000 public comments filed in response to a federal inquiry into airline distribution practices are based on a pre-written template created by The Travel Technology Association, the lobbying group for online travel agencies, metasearch operators and global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted March 10, 2017

CWT Reports Soft Year, But Bullish On Supplier Revenue, New Wins

Rising penetration of online booking in corporate travel. Intense transaction fee competition. Heightened client demands. What's a travel management company to do about these revenue headwinds? For Carlson Wagonlit Travel, part of the answer is expanding supplier revenue, including more sophisticated steering of bookings to the agency's airline partners. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2017

Sabre Boosts Airline Schedule Updates

Sabre this month expects to complete a worldwide rollout of what it called "real-time" airline schedule data for global distribution system subscribers. Sabre previously updated schedule data only twice a week. The frequency boost, aided by FlightGlobal, should reduce sales failures caused by schedule changes and give travel bookers more reliable flight information. Read More »
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Posted March 6, 2017

How Many Millions? American, Sabre Far Apart On Court Costs Owed

How much does it cost an airline to pursue a nearly six-year-long antitrust lawsuit against Sabre? For US Airways, now American Airlines, the cost exceeded $122 million. Read More »
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Posted March 2, 2017

Concur Co-Founder Steve Singh's Corporate Card Startup To Launch This Month

Concur co-founder Steve Singh has made no attempt to keep hush-hush on his latest business endeavor, a company called Center ID that touches on corporate payment, digital wallets, identity management and small business spend controls. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2017

Sabre, Travelport Achieve IATA NDC-Certified Status For Ancillary Sales

The International Air Transport Association certified Sabre Travel Network and Travelport as aggregators that have demonstrated the ability to support its New Distribution Capability standard for airline ancillary sales. As such, Travelport and Sabre became the first and second global distribution systems, respectively, to achieve some level of NDC-capable status as aggregators, while Amadeus remains "in progress," according to IATA. Read More »
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Posted February 28, 2017

Major Airlines Pile On Grievances Against Sabre In Post-Trial Briefs

Several major airlines filed nonparty briefs supporting American Airlines' request for a U.S. federal court to put a stronger judicial stamp on a jury's conclusion that Sabre's contractual provisions, as applied to US Airways, violated antitrust law. Read More »
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Posted February 24, 2017

Amadeus CEO: Definition Of 'Full Content' Is Evolving

As airlines advance merchandizing strategies, explore dynamic pricing, expand ancillary offerings and establish fare families, the definition of full content "will need to evolve" and, indeed, already is, Amadeus president and CEO Luis Maroto said today during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. Read More »
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Posted February 22, 2017

AA Asks For Court’s Help As It Negotiates New Sabre Deal

In December 2016, a jury found provisions in Sabre's 2011 global distribution system contract with US Airways violated federal antitrust law. Since then, American Airlines, which merged with the carrier after the lawsuit began, asked Sabre to exclude similar contractual provisions in a new GDS agreement, which would succeed the current deal that expires this year. So far, Sabre has "rebuffed" those requests. Read More »
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