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LETTER: AmTrav CEO Offers A Path Forward For Airline Distribution

AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee submitted the following letter in response to an article last week in which The Beat discussed recent developments and the evolution of airline distribution with Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson.

AmTrav Makes Branded Fare Push In Booking Tool Refresh

In early June, AmTrav Corporate Travel launched for select customers a revamped version of its homegrown booking system and has since rolled out the new a2b tool broadly to clients, providing a refreshed user interface and reconstructed back end.
INTERVIEW: AmTrav CEO And Co-Founder Jeff Klee

INTERVIEW: AmTrav CEO And Co-Founder Jeff Klee

AmTrav prides itself on its booking tool, which may have only "80 percent" of the "the bells and whistles" of a Concur but is "nimble" and quick to bring in nonfare airline content, said Klee, who is CEO of the travel management company and of online travel agency CheapAir.com. Klee spoke with The Beat's Jay Boehmer about bringing in new types of content, why he's not sold on the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability, why AmTrav now works with Concur and how he balances supplier relationships when running an OTA alongside a TMC.

TClara's Gillespie Wins The Beat Live Keynote Vote

The readers of The Beat chose tClara managing partner Scott Gillespie to deliver a keynote address at The Beat Live, taking place at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile from Oct. 18 to 20.

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LETTERS

Jeff Klee, CEO of Amtrav, a Los Angeles-based TMC that also operates CheapAir.com, weighs in American Airlines' new fare bundles.

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Airlines Acknowledge And Address Unintended Consequences Of Fare Rule Changes

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines in separately issued memos to agency clients last week clarified new combinable fare rules that have rankled travel buyers and travel management companies for more than a week.

AmTrav Claims 'Paid Seats' Booking Advantage For Its OBT

AmTrav claims its corporate self-booking tool is the first to support sales of both Delta's and United's premium-economy seats.

IATA One Order 101: What It Is And What It Means For Travel Distribution

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability may appear to be the great disruptor sweeping through travel distribution, but arguably an even larger revolution is following. IATA's One Order initiative aims to digitize order management in the same way NDC has digitized offer management.

For Many, NDC Roads Lead Back To GDSs

When it comes to piping in airline content that meets the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner suggested that "most" corporate travel agencies should "stay right where you are and wait for more."

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