Tag Archives: airline

Teleconference 12: Corporate Airline Relationships

Corporate Airline Relationships Sept. 14, 2017 at 12 p.m. EDT Download it here. Gift it here. Grab the slides here. There’s rarely a dull moment in the world of airlines. It’s a supplier segment that underwent radical changes in the past decade, from mergers and joint ventures to new business models and all sorts of new approaches on pricing, product and… Read More »

Airline Consolidation, Other Factors Further Squeeze Travel Agency Commissions

Once in a while, some in the buyer community are excited by the dollar signs associated with global distribution system incentives paid to travel management companies. Disclosures from the US Airways v. Sabre trial recently offered such an occasion. Testimony indicated this money is significantly smaller than commission revenue from airlines, but a new examination of U.S. government data shows the latter… Read More »

Case Details Sabre’s Airline Segment Fees, Including Southwest’s Advantage

[UPDATE, Dec. 21, 2016: Adds testimony at bottom about the differing levels of service provided to Southwest versus legacy U.S. network carriers like US Airways.] New York — Industry pros always figured Southwest Airlines paid less to global distribution system providers like Sabre than other big airlines. Now they know how much. Southwest’s 2010 per-segment fee to Sabre… Read More »

Teleconference 1 (Beta): Airline Direct Distribution

Airline Direct Distribution Sept. 8, 2016 The Company Dime welcomes expert guests including American Airlines managing director for distribution and data commercialization Cory Garner, ARC president and CEO Mike Premo, WestRock corporate travel manager Karen Hatch and World Travel Inc. president Dee Runyan to decode the status quo on airline direct booking in business travel. Here are the slides. Here’s info about upcoming… Read More »

Visa, United Add Key Piece To Ancillary Reporting Puzzle

It was a long time coming, but standardized, global credit card reporting on ancillary airline spending is finally in place — at least for United Airlines’ corporate accounts using Visa cards. The airline in April began sending data through Visa using defined category formats that identify things like bag fees, upgrades and inflight WiFi. Using spending data on… Read More »

Sourcing Tools Help Big Buyers Tackle Air Market’s Twists And Turns

There are fewer big U.S. airlines, they negotiate with fewer companies, and their generosity on discounts has diminished. But airline contracting is still complicated. The market offers several tools to help buyers at large travel programs optimize airline combinations. Sabre last month revealed plans to refresh the Prism Avion corporate data platform in use by a handful of… Read More »

New AA Travel Agency Incentive Favors Higher Fares Over More Passengers

American Airlines this quarter brought to most of its North American travel agencies revised back-end “override” incentive programs. Based on revenue share rather than passenger count, the move may put some travel buyers on guard for higher costs. It’s conceivable that the program presents agencies a reason to either transact higher fares and/or charge higher client fees. But… Read More »