airfare

American Express Global Business Travel To Surcharge Qantas Tickets Bought In Australia

One consequence of airlines externalizing the cost of distribution is that it’s pushed to corporate customers. American Express Global Business Travel as of Feb. 20 will invoice clients an extra 3 percent of the ticket price (excluding taxes and airport fees) on all bookings with Qantas purchased in Australia.  According to a copy of a…

Explainer: Personalization And Airline Retailing

In light of American Airlines’ plan to move upwards of 40 percent of its fares to direct or NDC-enabled channels as of April, it’s worth re-examining one of the primary motivations: better tailoring products and services for flyers. As described by its developer, the International Air Transport Association, the NDC program enables “personalized service based…

Domestic U.S. Business Fares Cool Off

Despite strong underlying demand, slowly recovering business travel, constrained capacity and rising costs, business airfares slipped in 2022. There are indications that fare growth in 2023 will be modest, at least in North America. American Express Global Business Travel in December said it anticipated a roughly 3 percent increase for corporate airfares within the region…

Corporate-Airline Negotiating Picture Remains Cloudy, But Some Expect Tightening On Price And Shift To Experience

Many companies are uncertain about how much they will travel, but airlines and some mid- and large-market buyers are moving past the deal extensions that characterized the past two years. With planes full and fares high, it’s worth asking why airlines should offer the discounts corporate accounts are accustomed to. At the same time, there’s…

Offsetting Trends To Keep 2017 Airfares About Flat In North America

[UPDATE, June 28, 2017: BCD Travel’s Advito slightly raised several of its 2017 airfare projections, owing to strong global demand and improving economic conditions. It also increased to $52 per barrel from $50 its assumption for the price of oil, due to geopolitical tension. “Efforts by airlines to push up prices have so far had…

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