Tag Archives: Airlines Reporting Corp.

Questioning The Advance Purchase Airfare Axiom

Is it still a bad idea to wait until the last few days before a flight to buy a ticket? Yes. However, extra capacity and low-fare competition is causing some counterintuitive pricing. Walk-up fares, for example, are not always the most expensive. For the most part, travel management pros continue to advocate advance purchasing. It’s a common component of… Read More »

ARC Data Showing Promise For Buyers

Prism data is the basis for corporate deals with the big U.S. network airlines. It will be for the foreseeable future. But it has limitations. The Airlines Reporting Corp. designed new tools for corporate buyers and agencies that better detail activity and marketplace benchmarks. This can prepare them for contracting. In an early use case of ARC Corporate… Read More »

ARC Aims To Clear The Air On Benchmarking

On average, how much are you paying for airfares? It’s probably one the easiest travel metrics to understand and a seemingly simple approach to benchmarking. The problem is, average ticket price is a flawed measurement. Many travel management pros know it doesn’t account for several important variables, though C-suite leaders may not. So what’s better? Some procurement people… Read More »

Podcast 4: Harriet Washburn, John Guarneri, Richard Clowes, Mike Cameron

Join us as we talk to travel management professionals about business travel services, expense management and careers on The Company Dime’s podcast.

Pro, Tzell Mobilize With ARC App

[UPDATE, Feb. 3, 2017: ARC discontinued this initiative in late 2015.] Using technology from ARC, Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group are joining the ranks of business travel agencies offering mobile apps. The ProTrip and tZapp apps are downloadable from the Android and iOS stores but not yet out of client beta. According to a spokesperson for the two agencies’ parent company,… 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 »

Fares Following Fuel? Maybe Not

Some think an obvious consequence of dramatically lower fuel prices is lower airfares. But it’s not that simple. It may not even be likely. “Lower fuel prices translate into lower operating costs for airlines, and, sometimes, air carriers pass along these savings to travelers in the form of lower air ticket prices,” according to an ARC/Expedia report published… Read More »