Posted November 29, 2011

Redefining Lowest Logical Airfare

Get ready. The definition of "lowest logical airfare" is changing forever.

For a very long time, travel managers have used the term "logical" to describe components of their travel policies--"our policy is to enforce the lowest logical airfare"--which, for the most part, seemed logical. But with constant innovations to technology, suppliers' needs to optimize revenue and a more emboldened and empowered workforce, what has been logical for years might no longer be.

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Posted by: Tony D'Astolfo | More by Tony D'Astolfo
Posted November 28, 2011

Millennium Pulls Plug On Massivegood

The Millennium Foundation For Innovative Finance For Health pulled the plug on Massivegood, a fundraising project meant to collect charitable donations from travelers when they book travel services. "The board does not see sufficient enough returns for such a micro-philanthropy initiative in today's economic climate," according to a Millennium Foundation statement. "Local and 'green' causes often took precedence for travel industry partners over the global health causes championed by the foundat Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas | More by David Jonas
Posted November 23, 2011

R U Kidding?

Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., introduced a bill that would stop airlines from charging passengers for their first checked bag. Coinciding with the holiday travel season, the legislation is described as a way to spare passengers from "unfair fees" while encouraging them to ease up a bit on the carry-on bags.

Is this the type of legislation that our Congress thinks is important? No wonder their approval rate is single digits. Ignorance is bliss? Or just rampant in Washington, DC?

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Posted by: Tim | More by Tim
Posted November 23, 2011

Financial Services Not Fueling Corporate Travel Strength

Speaking last week at the PhoCusWright Conference 2011, Hilton Worldwide president of brands and commercial services Paul Brown noted that even though 2012 looks stronger in terms of rate than 2011 did this time last year, the industry is seeing a "fall-off" of transient demand from the financial services sector. Airlines similarly have reported softness from that sector.

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Posted November 22, 2011

Sabre Comments, AA Adds To Statement On Court Decision

Since we hit the send button today on a story in The Beat about a judge dismissing a few of American Airlines' antitrust claims against Travelport, the carrier revised the first statement it issued, co-defendant Sabre shared its take on the ruling and Orbitz announced that motions AA filed against the company have been dismissed.

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Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 21, 2011

Analysts: Lack Of Growth Would Hurt A GDS IPO

Although Sabre reportedly could go public in a couple of years, today's market doesn't have much of an appetite for a GDS initial public offering, a couple of financial types said last week at the PhoCusWright conference in Hollywood, Fla.

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Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted November 21, 2011

GUEST: Scott Gillespie's Few Minutes on Social Travel Websites

Consultant Scott Gillespie takes a poke at peer input on travel websites Read More »
Posted November 18, 2011

Go Amon!

Congratulations to our European correspondent Amon Cohen on winning Business Travel News Journalist of the Year in the Online/Broadcast category at the United Kingdom's Business Travel Journalism Awards. Amon's coverage of controversial changes to Lufthansa's corporate programs in Business Travel News garnered praise from the judges: "Amon uncovered important industry issues with balanced writing and solid research. Amon’s strong articles broke significant stories in the business travel sector. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Campbell | More by Jay Campbell
Posted November 17, 2011

A Standing O

"Rearden Aims to Limit Choice." Whoa. When I read that Beat headline, it sounded like a bad thing. Don't take away my choice! But it’s kind of like saying Amazon limits choice because it offers me recommendations when I log in. This "limited choice" is actually just personalization, which I think is a very good thing! Read More »
Posted by: Jim Davidson | More by Jim Davidson
Posted November 16, 2011

The New United

The lead article in this week's edition of Airline Weekly was on the new United/Continental Airlines. The article went into great depth discussing the positives and negatives of the world's largest airline. The positives were many and the negatives few. Here are some of both: Read More »
Posted by: Robert Polk | More by Robert Polk
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