Monthly Archives: December 2016

Before We Break, An Appeal

Dear Readers, The Company Dime turned two last month, which could mean we’ve entered a new phase of maturity. More likely, we’re ready to break more stuff — hopefully news! That requires hard work. We’re happy to bust our tails for you, but we also need your support. It has come to our attention that the practice of sharing user names… Read More »

Jury Finds Sabre’s US Airways Contract Violated Antitrust Law

[UPDATE, March 22, 2017: U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield denied Sabre’s motion to set aside the verdict against it. She cited case law explaining that such a motion can be granted “only if there exists such a complete absence of evidence supporting the verdict that the jury’s findings could only have been the result of sheer surmise and… Read More »

‘Trust But Verify’ Your Hotel Safety Vetting

Most organizations don’t inspect every hotel property they tell travelers to use. They can do some of that with the help of travel management companies and risk specialists, but covering the globe is a tall order. So how do travel management pros really know if properties in their programs are safe? Mostly they’re taking the hotels’ word for… Read More »

Jury Won’t Hear Sabre Argument That US Airways Lured It Into Lawsuit

The US Airways v. Sabre antitrust case now is in the jury’s hands. The evidence it’s considering does not include everything Sabre wanted it to know. Most notably, the jury didn’t hear about Sabre’s claim that US Airways pursued a “sign-and-sue” strategy. According to the argument, US Airways baited Sabre into rejecting a last-minute request for a deal… Read More »

Defense Rests After Witnesses Rebut US Airways Account Of Sabre’s Strong-Arming

New York – In its lawsuit against Sabre, American Airlines contends that US Airways in 2011 had “no choice” but to accept purportedly onerous terms for participating in the global distribution system. Witnesses for the airline alleged that Sabre insisted on a contract for full content, or else US Airways risked being out of the system altogether. The… Read More »

Murphy’s Law: Economist For Sabre Counters American Airlines’ Expert

New York – University of Chicago professor Kevin Murphy is an award-winning economist. His most prestigious honor is the John Bates Clark medal, won in 1997. For economics, it’s up there with the Nobel Prize. Murphy testified last week in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here, dueling with a winner of that other award, Joseph Stiglitz. Stiglitz… Read More »

Case Details Alternative Air Distribution Models

New York — Airline-GDS relationships are often contentious, putting corporate clients and travel management companies in the middle. Why hasn’t anyone considered blowing up the model? They have. Evidence and testimony in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here showed that Sabre, for one, has thought about a number of alternatives to airline segment fee remuneration. At least… Read More »

Teleconference 7: Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology March 9, 2017 Download the recording here. Gift the recording here. Grab the slides here. It’s everywhere, so what’s next for mobile technology in corporate travel? Our expert panel discussed the status quo, keys to creating a mobile strategy, the possible impact of mobile self-service on jobs and operations, and emerging functions like chatbots. This episode featured American Express… Read More »

‘Seriously, Keep This To Yourself, Tell No One’

New York — U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield in October told the jury in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here that to prove conspiracy, the plaintiffs must demonstrate Sabre knowingly entered into an agreement not to compete which unreasonably restrained trade and caused injury. In the ensuing weeks, American Airlines attorneys produced several pieces of evidence to… Read More »

Big Four Got About One-Third Of Total Sabre Incentives

New York — Sabre in 2011 paid a total of $647 million in travel agency incentives, according to evidence in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here. About one-third of that went to four big corporate agencies — American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG. Newly revealed evidence shows specific totals for CWT and… Read More »