Lufthansa Group in January will begin paying travel agencies one euro each time their customers fly on a ticket booked through an NDC-enabled channel. In October, the airline group will make Lufthansa and Swiss lounge access available “exclusively” through NDC channels. At that time, it will do the same for inflight Internet vouchers for intercontinental flights operated by Lufthansa and Swiss, and continental flights operated by Austrian Airlines.
These are the latest steps to differentiate content by channel and incentivize agencies to move away from traditional GDS-based booking.
In March, Lufthansa Group said it would apply a 5 euro discount on long-haul bookings through direct and NDC-enabled channels. In April, it more than doubled the discount on certain short-haul, economy-class roundtrip fares when booked through those channels. Along with those positive inducements, Lufthansa network airlines also levy a 16 euro surcharge on GDS bookings.
British Airways and Iberia, which followed Lufthansa in penalizing traditional GDS bookings, said it would increase their surcharge on Sept. 18 to $12, or 10.50 euros and £9 per fare component.
Meanwhile, Lufthansa noted that three agencies, including Lufthansa City Center locations, joined its NDC partner program.