Posted October 19, 2016

Deem Buys Hotel Sentiment Engine Olset

Deem has acquired hotel travel technology provider Olset, Deem president and COO John Rizzo announced today during The Beat Live conference in Chicago. Read More »
Posted by: Julie Sickel | More by Julie Sickel
Posted October 13, 2016

Amex GBT's Qualantone Addresses New Surcharge On Select Airline Bookings

Many of the airlines that now cost corporate clients $10 extra to book through American Express Global Business Travel would call themselves "low-cost carriers." Amex GBT does not agree. The travel management company deems airlines that don't adopt industry standards on fare filing, booking and settlement to be "high-cost," and it has embarked on a "comprehensive" global program to pass booking and processing costs to customers. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 10, 2016

Sabre Tries To Halt US Airways Trial, Citing DOJ-Amex Decision

With mere weeks to go before trial, Sabre has asked a federal court to toss remaining antitrust claims US Airways has pursued against the global distribution system operator. In an effort to head off proceedings set to begin Oct. 24, Sabre argued that a recent U.S. appeals court decision in favor of American Express "obviates" the need for trial. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted October 6, 2016

Just How Big Is Concur Travel Anyway?

It was 10 years ago when Concur entered the corporate booking market with the acquisition of Outtask. Since then, it has established itself not only as the dominant expense system in the United States but also the most-used corporate booking tool by several measures. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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 »
Posted by: JoAnn DeLuna | More by JoAnn DeLuna
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 »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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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