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The Beat Announces 2019 Readers' Choice Winners

The Beat presented the Readers' Choice awards today in New York City at the 12th annual The Beat Live.
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BCD Lands NDC Certification By Testing Direct Connection With BA

BCD Travel this summer achieved Level 3 New Distribution Capability certification with deployment partner British Airways, according to the International Air Transport Association's NDC registry.
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Appeals Court Moves Sabre And American Airlines Back To Lower Court

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in a highly anticipated opinion issued Wednesday, voided a jury verdict that in late 2016 found Sabre's global distribution system contract with US Airways violated antitrust law. Yet, not all is won for Sabre.
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Sabre CEO On Farelogix, DOJ: 'We're Going To Continue To Drive Forward'

Sabre CEO Sean Menke runs marathons and ultramarathons. It's a pastime that requires determination, tolerance for discomfort and the long view. If Sabre planned on a sprint when it announced its intent to acquire Farelogix in November 2018, Menke and Co. now are trekking a far longer course on tougher terrain.
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Corporate Travel Industry Holds Breath On EU Payments Authentication Deadline

European travel management companies, online booking tools, payment providers and other business travel players are keeping a nervous eye out for this Saturday, Sept. 14, the day Strong Customer Authentication of e-commerce payments becomes mandatory in the European Union.
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Sabre Looks To Fast-Track DOJ Case

Sabre early next week plans to file its response to the U.S. Department of Justice's initial complaint in DOJ's lawsuit to block Sabre's acquisition of Farelogix.
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ATPCO Readies For Next-Gen Storefront Commercialization, Evolves On Star Ratings

The big idea behind ATPCO's Next Generation Storefront has won plaudits from large U.S. airlines and engagement from corporate travel sellers. NGS's initial star-based rating system, however, didn't sit well with everyone. As such, ATPCO is backing away from a mandatory star-based rating system to one that is more open and flexible for travel sellers.
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Sabre Faces Other Legal And Antitrust Proceedings Beyond DOJ's Farelogix Suit

The U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit to block Sabre's acquisition of Farelogix is one of several legal and/or antitrust reviews pending for the global distribution system operator and travel IT company. The Beat has taken inventory of others.
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Price-Assurance Provider FairFly Looks To Do Well By Doing Wellness

At first glance, the launch this week by airfare price-assurance provider FairFly of a tool that attempts to score business traveler well-being may seem an unlikely departure. But general manager and VP for product Shoval Bolotin insists the two are very much related.
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Flight Centre Spent Millions On Its Stake In Upside: 'We Hold Great Hopes'

Flight Centre Travel Group in financial filings last week revealed it shelled out 56 million Australian dollars to acquire its 25 percent stake in Upside.
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