Tag Archives: American Airlines

What’s Behind The Upsurge In Airline Commissions?

By | May 24, 2018

Total commissions paid to travel agencies by U.S. airlines in 2017 reversed a 20-year trend and jumped 15 percent year over year, according to U.S. government data. The data reflect a fight for market share as the Big Three enjoy strong demand and healthy balance sheets. On domestic U.S. tickets, commission dollar volume in 2017 rose for a third consecutive… Read More »

Little-Known WTMC Doggedly Charts NDC Path With American Airlines, British Airways

By | March 5, 2018

Though it claims more than 75 consolidated or shared clients including Dropbox, Iconiq Capital, Soros Fund Management and Spotify, New York-based WTMC is something of a corporate travel secret. Considering the trail it’s blazing for alternative airline distribution, it will be hard to stay quiet. WTMC is the first agency in the United States testing the British Airways… Read More »

GDS Private Channel Concerns, Challenges U.S. Travel Management Companies

By | November 14, 2017

[UPDATE, Nov. 21, 2017: A Delta Air Lines official confirmed that its seat availability is is “identical across carriers, to the last available seat” with JV allies Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia and KLM, and with partners China Eastern, Gol and Jet Airways. Meanwhile, American Airlines’ “seamless codeshare availability” with Iberia and British Airways covers all points of sale… Read More »

How Is AA Gaining Corporate Share?

By | October 31, 2017

American Airlines last week reported solid corporate travel sales metrics, including three consecutive quarters of growing market share. It’s accomplishing that through a variety of refreshed sales programs and products, and a larger corporate sales force. “Our new corporate sales initiatives are starting to pay off,” president Robert Isom told analysts and journalists. Reporting year-over-year improvements in third-quarter… Read More »

Signs Point To Rising U.S. Airfares

By | October 26, 2017

Executives at American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are optimistic. For corporate buyers, many of whom are now in the throes of budgeting for next year, that may mean higher airfares into 2018. Determining which way airfares will move is never easy. On top of the upward and downward pressures that observers routinely watch — supply,… Read More »

American Airlines Is Helping Sabre Build For NDC

By | October 16, 2017

New York – What is American Airlines senior vice president of global sales Alison Taylor cheerful about? What keeps her up at night? The answer to both questions is the same: the future state of AA’s GDS relationships. Speaking here last week at a World Travel Inc. event, Taylor reiterated AA’s stance that NDC is not about circumventing… Read More »

Sources Unimpressed By BA Surcharge Alternatives

By | August 31, 2017

Travel management sources said British Airways parent IAG should go back to the drawing board on recently discussed alternatives to its surcharge program, due to take effect Nov. 1. An IAG official offered no comment on news that the firm is in the market talking to travel management companies about an incentive program not unlike the one described… Read More »