Distribution

Getting all the relevant, bookable inventory in front of business travelers is a never-ending challenge. Airlines, hotels and other suppliers constantly tinker with their products and pricing, and usually favor direct distribution over more costly third-party channels. That creates complexity in business travel technology.

Some examples of our coverage
• Commissions and other remuneration
• Industry rules of thumb and trade secrets from the US Airways v. Sabre and U.S. v. Sabre trials
• Such newer concepts as New Distribution Capability and personalization

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…

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…

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…

AA Targets October For US Airways Reservation System Migration, Works To Minimize Risks

Switching reservation systems is a crucial part of an airline merger, and a scary proposition. If it doesn’t go as planned, it can be traumatic for the carriers and their customers. Delta Air Lines in 201o had some glitches when absorbing Northwest’s reservations, but overall the migration wasn’t too disruptive. It was a very different…

Corporate Booking Tools Expect Progress On Economy Seat Upgrades

[UPDATE, Oct. 1: In late September, Sabre GetThere made available bookings for United’s Economy Plus seating. Users without elite status on the airline have the option to split payment for the product upgrade by charging the added cost to a personal credit card if corporate policies disallow such purchases. Travel managers can decide whether the…

Cindy Allen Departs Concur As Some TMC Relationships Remain Touchy

Concur executive vice president of supplier and TMC services Mike Koetting will take direct responsibility for travel management company relationships as the firm says goodbye to Cindy Allen. Allen, who has served as vice president of TMC services, joined Concur upon its 2013 acquisition of GDSX. On Tuesday she informed TMCs by email that she plans to depart at…

NetJets Adds Corporate Travel Functions To In-House Logistics System

Most companies don’t have a homegrown business travel booking system, but NetJets Aviation is a bit unique. Its business is scheduling travel and moving people around. The company in the mid-1990s spent $20 million to build proprietary logistics software to handle requests from clients. NetJets then layered on corporate travel components for its own pilots and flight…

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