With Planned Acquisition In Germany, American Express Global Business Travel Challenges Lufthansa Group

Lufthansa Group and American Express Global Business Travel don't see eye-to-eye on distribution. Now, GBT brings more to the table. Announced Tuesday, its planned acquisition of DER Business Travel would add 42 locations and 600 people serving small and medium-sized clients in Germany. 

Amex GBT has made clear its displeasure with Lufthansa's moves to remove fares from GDSs in a push for NDC-compliant channels. It's taking a harder stance than the likes of BCD Travel, Expedia or TravelPerk, which announced partnerships with Lufthansa to develop new connections.

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Jay Campbell

Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.
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