Tag Archives: Lufthansa

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 »

Lufthansa Enables Direct Booking Connections With Siemens, Volkswagen

Lufthansa Group last week announced it is processing business travel bookings directly with Germany-based conglomerate Siemens. This week it named carmaker Volkswagen for the same. Lufthansa and Siemens on Aug. 1 began using a Lufthansa-provided connection for bookings on the group’s airlines by Germany-based travelers. Officials said other markets will follow, though specifics are not… Read More »

Teleconference 1 (Beta): Airline Direct Distribution

Airline Direct Distribution Sept. 8, 2016 The Company Dime welcomes expert guests including American Airlines managing director for distribution and data commercialization Cory Garner, ARC president and CEO Mike Premo, WestRock corporate travel manager Karen Hatch and World Travel Inc. president Dee Runyan to decode the status quo on airline direct booking in business travel. Music: “Funkorama” Kevin… Read More »

Concur Adds Delta, Lufthansa Branded Fares, Favors GDS Connectivity

[UPDATE: Nov. 28, 2016: Concur this month said several more airlines’ branded fares now are available in its booking tool for Sabre-connected users. They include Airberlin, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Avianca, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, Etihad, Scandinavian Airlines and TAP Portugal.] [UPDATE: Oct. 17, 2016: Concur increased by nearly half the number of airlines… Read More »

Amex, BCD Distance Themselves From Lufthansa Comments

A Lufthansa executive this month reportedly named American Express Global Business Travel and BCD Travel as potential partners for the airline’s direct-booking initiative. However, the travel management companies don’t sound interested. According to an Amex executive, Lufthansa’s proposed alternative would end up costing more than the airline’s 16 euro surcharge for traditional distribution. A BCD Travel… Read More »

2015 On The Company Dime

As they work for advantage, clients, suppliers and those in between keep business travel management interesting. Changes to underlying and consumer-facing technology make it a dynamic business function. The personal and geopolitical elements of business travel offer points of note from the micro to macro levels. As one of our featured practitioners noted, this job is about economics, geography, psychology and then some.… Read More »

Booking Lufthansa Partner Codeshare Flights Has Consequences

As Lufthansa’s 16 euro fee for booking through global distribution channels apparently takes effect, some will seek a “loophole” by using partner codes. However, doing so can cause problems that call into question what the airline industry calls metal neutrality. Code shares within an airline joint venture provide many more travel options than a single carrier can with its own… Read More »

Why Lufthansa?

Some suggest Lufthansa is making its bold move in business travel distribution out of desperation. The airline company itself attributed Tuesday’s announcement to profit improvement efforts. Carriers attempting similar programs in the past usually were bleeding. While the German aviation group’s earnings could use a boost, the company’s competitive strength gives it leverage. It’s anybody’s guess as to… Read More »

Direct Airline Booking Isn’t Legit For Lufthansa’s Clients That Manage Travel

Lufthansa Group on Tuesday said corporate clients could avoid its 16 euro surcharge for GDS bookings after September by using its websites. That’s not a genuine alternative. Without workarounds, direct airline booking requires users to jettison price comparisons and complex bookings. Companies would forego data reporting for policy and spend management, duty of care and CO2 tracking. For many, it means they’re… Read More »

Lufthansa Remodels Corporate Travel Distribution With New Fee, Direct Play

Lufthansa Group in September will add a 16 euro per-ticket surcharge to bookings made through global distribution systems. The idea is to lower distribution costs by encouraging customers to use direct channels. The strategy dismantles agreements that required the airlines to include all fares and inventory in the systems. Corporate accounts instead can have travelers book on the group’s airline… Read More »

Amadeus, Lufthansa ‘Personalizing’ Benefits For Corporate Accounts

Personalization. It’s not just for people anymore. Lufthansa is using Amadeus technology to offer product and service add-ons to passengers based on where they work rather than who they are. The capability applies in direct and indirect channels, including travel management companies that use Amadeus or integrate using Web services. Negotiated discounts are not the… Read More »