airfare

RTX Takes On The Challenge Of Shifting From American Airlines

RTX, the $67 billion multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate, mainly uses American Airlines. It’s been … difficult. RTX associate director for travel Colleen Kearney at the GBTA convention last month said the company was “actively managing against what’s happening in the industry,” but that’s “not easy, by any means.” “By far” RTX’s largest airline, AA…

Notebook: NDC As Contract Component? It’s Under Consideration

Dallas – Utilization targets for the New Distribution Capability are part of the “new contracting process with many of the airlines,” according to FCM Travel’s head of consulting for the Americas, Ashley Gutermuth.  That companies could negotiate with airlines on this basis was fascinating and “eye-opening” for Matt Patterson, senior director of client relationship management…

Corporate Travel Data Trio: Domestic Airfares Keep Falling

U.S. government domestic airfare data published a few weeks ago showed a deepening downward trend. A few Wall Street analysts and Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that information did not reflect market realities. But data from several other airfare benchmarking sources, including a trio of corporate travel data handlers, formed a consensus: despite solid demand…

Emburse Buys Tripbam

[UPDATE, July 19, 2023: The CEOs of both companies offered some additional details here.”] Spend management provider Emburse on Tuesday agreed to acquire Tripbam, the Dallas-based firm best known for hotel rate assurance. Terms were not disclosed. Founded by corporate travel veteran Steve Reynolds a decade ago, Tripbam also offers airfare reshopping, sourcing services for…

Judge Nixes JetBlue Claim It Needed AA To Compete In Corporate

[UPDATE, May 31, 2023: American Airlines and JetBlue Airways will appeal the judicial decision requiring them to disassemble their Northeast alliance.] In mid-2020, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes told Wall Street analysts that lacking a global network made it hard to compete for corporate accounts, and that a new partnership with American Airlines would remedy that….

What To Do About Sky-High International Fares

Domestic U.S. airfare growth has moderated and there’s potential for the same in some long-haul international markets. Any company with an appreciable volume of international air travel should see it as a high-value area for spend management. According to Advito, January bookings as of last week for business class tickets to and from North America…

Sabre, TMCs Advance AA NDC Testing

After some initial tests of basic functionality late last year, Sabre and several travel management companies last week started an “expanded pilot” to support fares coming through American Airlines’ NDC-compliant application programming interface. Corporate travel buyers are keen to see progress as they contemplate potentially unwelcome consequences of American’s plan in nine weeks to pull…

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