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Mixed Verdict In US Airways-Sabre Case, Jury Awards Airline $1

The jury seated before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York sided with Sabre on US Airways' claim that the global distribution system operator's contract with the now-defunct carrier was anticompetitive. Yet, the jury sided with the airline plaintiff on a second claim that Sabre operated an unlawful monopoly in a Sabre-only market. The jury awarded damages of a single U.S. dollar.
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Serko Swipes Visa As Marquee Multinational, Enters 'Preferred' Deal With CWT

CWT has designated Serko's Zeno product "as a globally preferred online booking tool," and the travel management company and the New Zealand-based T&E tech company have brought on Visa as a Zeno user, Serko announced Wednesday in conjunction with the release of its annual report.
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Amex GBT: Larger Multinational Clients, International Travel Perk Up

Small- and midmarket customers "continue to lead the recovery versus global multinationals," American Express Global Business Travel CEO Paul Abbott said in a prerecorded first-quarter results call Tuesday. Yet, in recent weeks larger multinational client activity ticked up while the gap between domestic and international travel demand closed.
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Sabre Claims Mistrial In US Airways Case As Jury Deliberates

American Airlines and Sabre are awaiting a jury verdict after a three-week federal antitrust trial concluded Thursday with closing arguments. Sabre on Friday swiftly filed a motion for mistrial, claiming the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York disallowed evidence on US Airways' so-called "sign-and-sue" strategy, while, at the same time, the airline plaintiff at trial included "improper publication to the jury of a highly prejudicial document."
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For AmTrav, Guest And Group Travel Converge To One Solution

Amid client requests for a solution to serve non-profiled guest travelers and another to help book travel for meeting attendees, AmTrav began working on two "independent" technology development projects, said CEO Jeff Klee. They converged, and the result, launched this year, is AmTrav Gather.
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Atriis Acquires 'Retention Marketing' Startup, Rehires Founders

In March 2020, Revital Kristal and Nir Gurevich were mere months into executive roles at Atriis when they left to found reTravel. Fast forward a couple years, Atriis this week announced it acquired their creation and hired Kristal and Gurevich as chief product officer and chief technology officer, respectively.
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Amadeus Reports GDS Share Gains Animated By Expedia

Amadeus on Friday reported its first-quarter global distribution system booking performance bested its competitive set, and executives returned to a theme featured prominently in pre-pandemic quarterly calls: GDS marketshare gains.
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Advantage Rallies U.K. TMCs To Join Class Actions Against Visa, Mastercard

The U.K.'s Advantage Travel Partnership has advised its travel agency members to join class action litigation to reduce or even eliminate multilateral interchange fees imposed on merchants for accepting Visa and Mastercard commercial cards.
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JPMorgan Confirms Frosch Acquisition

JPMorgan Chase in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week confirmed that on May 2 it acquired Frosch Travel Group. It's JPMorgan's first public acknowledgement of the deal.
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Sabre 'Bullish' As Corporate, International Travel Bookings Accelerate

Sabre's April global distribution system bookings reached a high-water mark since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, as international and corporate travel accelerated from an early-in-the-year downshift related to the Covid-19 omicron variant, the company reported Tuesday.
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