Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced.
BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.
Travelport released functionality that lets airlines recognize corporate clients and enables them to distribute fare bundles, discounted ancillaries and other negotiated benefits by way of the global distribution system, Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said today during a quarterly conference call with investment analysts.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new proposal to mandate the disclosure of ancillary fee information through the sales channels where airlines provide fare and schedule information.
As airlines advance merchandizing strategies, explore dynamic pricing, expand ancillary offerings and establish fare families, the definition of full content "will need to evolve" and, indeed, already is, Amadeus president and CEO Luis Maroto said today during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.
Next month, Lufthansa Group will begin selling its "best fares" exclusively through direct channels. British Airways, too, has plans to withhold some price points for short-haul fares from the traditional agency channel. Several major U.S. airlines would like to do the same, if only they weren't bound by global distribution system contract provisions that Lufthansa, BA and other European airlines have declined.
New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association.
Brought into production late last month, Air Canada's new application programming interface allows the carrier to sell its Flight Pass program, customize fares for particular customers and offer corporate clients discounted ancillary services.