GBT, HRG Take Amadeus Deal To Avoid British Airways, Iberia Nov. 1 GDS Surcharge

There are three weeks to go before a surcharge takes effect on global distribution system bookings with British Airways and Iberia. Big travel management companies are revealing that they're avoiding the fee on bookings through Amadeus thanks to the GDS company's agreements with the airlines.

Following a related Hogg Robinson Group announcement last week, American Express Global Business Travel on Monday said it was able to nix the fee "on airfares through participating GDSs."

GBT said it has a "multi-year deal to work with the airlines on future GDS distribution." This agreement applies to "all GDS bookings . . .

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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.