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BCD Travel Teams With Tripism On Traveler Feedback Platform

Nothing is more important in corporate travel nowadays than keeping travelers in the know. Travelers themselves often are the eyes and ears, gathering intel on the ground and in the air. To help share tips, reviews and health and safety protocols, and to solicit traveler feedback, BCD Travel has enlisted engagement platform provider Tripism. Now…

Certify, Serko Affected As Amtrak Ends Travelfusion Deal

Amtrak turns 50 years old on May 1. Unless it patches up a relationship with content aggregator Travelfusion, it will be celebrating without connections to various corporate travel points of sale. According to Travelfusion CEO Moshe Rafiah, the rail operator a few months ago informed his company that it wanted to end its agreement to…

Airlines Expect Corporates To Pay For The Provision Of ‘NDC Content,’ But What And Where Is It?

Hailed as a solution for the challenges of fare unbundling, NDC has been in development for nine years. What does it have to show for corporate clients? A rebundled fare, theoretical savings, “whatnot” and “whatever.” Oh, and new distribution fees. “So, nothing new or innovative,” according to former Sabre executive Martin Cowley. Cowley got into…

Can I Get There From Here? Interline Deals Might Help

Due to the pandemic, global airline capacity fell by 58 percent last year compared with 2019, according to IATA. In the first week of this year, the number of scheduled flights worldwide was down 44 percent. Steep declines in airline capacity exacerbated an old industry problem: the inability of passengers to reach destinations aboard their…

Explainer: Full Participation Is Not Full Content And Why It Matters

At the end of 2020, Sabre and Southwest Airlines announced they had come to terms on a “full participation” agreement. Some might not be clear on how that differs from the notion of “full content,” a pillar of airline-global distribution system agreements for going on 18 years that could be on the outs. Before jurisdictions…

Lufthansa-Sabre Announcement Sounds Like A Start But Begs Questions

An agreement announced this week between Lufthansa Group and Sabre, parties with a contentious and litigious shared history, implied a mutually beneficial path forward for airlines and global distribution systems. However, there are many unknowns, and not everyone will be a winner. If Lufthansa and Sabre can agree on GDS distribution of ancillary services and…

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