Category Archives: Distribution

Blockchain Startups Target Travel Distribution

Blockchain digital ledger technology could be used for loyalty programs, corporate contracts, payment, expense management, airport processing, traveler identity and maybe even travel policy and compliance. Innovators also are betting on distribution disruption. With tests beginning in about three weeks, Blockskye aims to shift the power in distribution “back to hotels and airlines” by enabling… Read More »

NDC’s Upshot: Altered TMCs, Evolved Air Deals

British Airways expects later this month to share more details about its distribution strategy. Possibly in conjunction with a surcharge on GDS bookings, BA will discuss use of IATA’s New Distribution Capability. Lufthansa made its big splash along these lines nearly two years ago. Last week the Germany-based airline group hyped NDC-enabled direct connections with… Read More »

Siemens Adds Benefits From Lufthansa Direct Connect, Talks With Other Carriers

Pioneering a new airline distribution program has its perks. The Lufthansa direct-connect initiative with Siemens will benefit the conglomerate’s travelers even when they don’t book that way. More than eight months into the program, Siemens officials last week briefed The Company Dime on progress and lessons learned. It was always part of the plan to provide… Read More »

Air Canada Moves To Blunt Rising Commissions

Air Canada reduced travel agency compensation on certain fares, effective April 1. The change followed increases in the airline’s sales and distribution costs as a percentage of passenger revenue in each of the past three years. A spokesperson confirmed that the carrier reduced commissions paid on some international airfare types, including interline and business-class fares.… Read More »

Today In Chatbots: Concur’s Hipmunk Demos, HelloGbye Launches

Concur still isn’t saying much about its plans for Hipmunk, but a client conference this month featured a roadmap for its natural language processing capabilities. According to a March 15 tweet by Concur VP of business development R.J. Filipski, Hipmunk showed attendees it was enabling “chatbot-based business travel booking via Concur and your preferred TMC.” Meanwhile,… Read More »

No Show? No Commission

Industry practice stipulates that hotels don’t pay commissions on penalty charges when travelers don’t show up, even if the rate they booked was commissionable. Yet, one expert said some travel management companies get hotels to stray from the standard practice. No-shows are fairly rare, but the topic could become more relevant if hotels continue to… Read More »

Airlines Diverging On Custom Corporate Bundles

Delta Air Lines in 2015 started offering tailored packages of products and services to corporate accounts. It’s not doing that anymore. It has other ways to enrich commercial relationships with add-ons. The change in strategy reflects two different ways airlines view the concept of corporate bundles. Travel managers for a while talked up the idea of… Read More »

Airline-GDS Negotiations Heat Up As Parties Try To Sway Lawsuit’s Outcome

[UPDATE, March 22, 2017: U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield denied American Airlines’ renewed request for declaratory judgment relief. She wrote that the request was “untimely” and “otherwise inappropriate.” Although American’s negotiations with Sabre for a new contract “may be newly imminent, they are not unexpected,” according to Schofield. “Reconsideration on account of a changed, but… Read More »

Chasing Lyft And Uber, Ground Transportation Industry Pools Resources

[UPDATE, March 10, 2017: In another example of ground transport convergence, Hertz Europe aligned with Blacklane to provide cars with professional drivers. The “first stage” of an international roll-out brought the program to nine European countries. Customers can request airport transfers, limousines and other chauffeured services via direct Hertz sales channels. The company said it’s… Read More »

Direct Travel Buys MacNair Travel As Midmarket Play Keeps Rolling

[UPDATE, April 11, 2017: Direct Travel agreed to merge with Canada’s Vision Travel, which claims to be “the largest independent travel management company in Canada.” The pair revealed “a shared strategy to build a global company.” The companies employ more than 2,000 people across more than 60 offices and process more than $3 billion in travel… Read More »

Teleconference 8: NDC In Corporate Travel

NDC In Corporate Travel April 13, 2017 Download the recording here. Gift the recording here. Get the slides here. Many in the business travel community know the general idea behind the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability. It’s not only for direct channels. It could improve access to airline services. What else does NDC mean for corporate travel providers and programs? When is it coming?… Read More »