Tag Archives: ARC

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 »

Blockchain Startups Differ On Paths To Disruption

Will blockchain disrupt processes, companies or nothing at all? The question is playing out in the contrasting market approaches of distribution startups Blockskye and Winding Tree. The former is careful. It’s into change from within. It’s talking to the old guard. The latter is boastful and aggressive. It’s using dubious claims to generate investment interest. The more aggressive… 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 »

Updates: Air Emissions; Upside; Basic Economy; PayForTrip; Real ID; Compl.ai

Sometimes the things we write about peter out. Sometimes more developments happen, but they don’t warrant an entirely new article. In other cases, something unexpected or counterintuitive is noteworthy in its continuance. Hence, the Updates post. Click to jump to United’s carbon emissions pledge to corporate clients, Upside’s launch, proliferating Basic Economy airfares, PayForTrip’s pause, the federal government’s… Read More »

ARC, TMC Exec Raise Red Flags On Ticketing Fraud

As with hacking, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, fraud will. Travel management companies can be unwitting participants in deceit. In one unsettling but increasingly common scenario, scammers search the Internet or buy hacked information to find out companies’ travel agencies and other details. They masquerade as executives from those companies in calls to the agencies. They… Read More »

How Non-BSP Airlines Create Inefficiency For Travel Management

Informing clients of its new “high-cost” supplier expense recovery program, American Express Global Business Travel indicated $10 per transaction would apply not only to non-global distribution system participants, but also to airlines that are not in billing settlement plans like ARC. What’s ARC got to do with it? Booking managed corporate travel on airline websites is a drag… Read More »

Direct Airline Distribution Hasn’t Grown

Airline distribution generates more than its fair share of controversy. Battles over financial flows, technology and content often underlie potential disruption to the status quo. Yet so far, it’s all talk. The split between airline direct and indirect volumes has barely changed. In corporate travel, the indirect global distribution system/travel management company channel remains dominant. American Airlines managing director… Read More »

Travel Friction And The Diminishing Returns Of Cost Savings

Programs like Rocketrip, Upside and TripActions offer new ways for travelers to save their companies money while earning something for themselves. In some cases they earn such benefits by accepting a lower-quality travel experience. But what are the human and productivity costs of these tradeoffs? Recent studies tried to get at . . . For SubscribersClick here for purchase… 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 »

Sabre To Deliver AA’s Paid Seats Starting Feb. 2

[UPDATE, Feb. 4: Sabre announced that AA’s Preferred and Main Cabin Extra Seat now are available in the Sabre global distribution system. A Sabre official said a “phased rollout” will wrap up in mid-February.] Sabre at U.S. points of sale on Feb. 2 will start facilitating American Airlines’ paid seats, according to a Sabre memo to agency subscribers.… Read More »