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

Hilton To Cut Agency Commissions On New Rates

Hilton Worldwide declined to comment, but several sources said it’s planning to reduce agency commissions on its new HHonors rates. Those are the discounted rates that Hilton revealed in February as part of its “Stop Clicking Around” marketing campaign, designed to compete with online travel agencies. Other travel agencies at first worried they also would…

Podcast 8: Sharon Tolliver, Frederic Khalil, Linda Doty and Simone Buckley

Our eighth podcast episode features a discussion recorded this month with three procurement experts: former Thomson Reuters VP of sourcing operations Linda Doty, former Guardian Life chief procurement officer Frederic Khalil and ROA Consulting Group managing partner Sharon Tolliver. They spoke with Jay Campbell about how travel relates to procurement, procurement transformation and professional certifications….

New Agency Automation Player Targeting Mid-Office And Point-Of-Sale Advances

There’s a new entrant eyeing a spot in the travel agent technology field. Centered on a rules engine, Fociss Travel System would help corporate travel management companies connect various customer-facing tasks with behind-the-scenes automation. The idea is to make agents more efficient and improve customer service. The first step is a new cloud-based mid-office system “because that’s what so…

Latest Startups Try Texting, With Agent Or Bot

It’s becoming difficult to count on one hand the tech startups going after the “small” or unmanaged business travel market. 30SecondsToFly, Cinch, Hyper Travel, TripChamp and Travo are a few. Hyper, along with shopping services like Assi.st and Mezi, are bringing a new element to the travel-booking experience. They’re focused on mobile texting as the means…

Priceline’s Jay Walker Is Back, Targets ‘High Cost’ Of Business Travel

Priceline founder Jay Walker is back, and this time he’s focusing on business travel. His new firm, Flexible Travel Company, right now isn’t much more than some people and a marketing website. But those people are experienced and that website is intriguing. It describes the company as “turning the way we buy business travel upside…

Podcast 7: Judy Bauer, Evan Konwiser, Patrice Simon

Our seventh podcast episode features an interview Jay Campbell conducted in November with Judy Bauer, a longtime travel management practitioner recently retired from Marsh & McLennan Companies. Judy is keeping her hand in the business, taking the occasional project, but she has turned over MMC’s large travel program to her team members including Greg Wilczek and…

Sabre To Deliver AA’s Paid Seats Starting Feb. 2

[UPDATE, Feb. 4: Sabre announced that AA’s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seat now are available in the Sabre global distribution system. A Sabre official said a “phased rollout” will wrap up in mid-February.] Sabre at U.S. points of sale on Feb. 2 will start facilitating American Airlines’ paid seats, according to a Sabre memo…

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