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What Makes Spotnana Different, According To Its Plan

New York – Spotnana officials have been calling it the AWS of travel, but the reference only gets you so far outside tech and investment circles. Concepts like open stack and microservices help a little. In corporate travel, though, people want to know whether you are attempting to be a GDS, an OBT, a TMC…

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Expecting More Non-GDS Fares, Air Canada To Launch Tool For Travel Agencies To Service Direct Bookings And Access NDC

Air Canada 18 years ago debuted fare families, a response to low-cost competition that set off a revolution in airline pricing. The company’s decision shortly thereafter to make some fares exclusive to its direct channels augured similar moves more than a decade later by big carriers in Europe and elsewhere. Is Montréal changing the game…

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United Enlists ATPCO And Volaro To Streamline Corporate Negotiated Fare Filing

Like the rest of the airline, United’s fare filing team shrank as a result of the pandemic. Fortunately for United, it already was looking at an ATPCO service meant to streamline that aspect of the contract management process. Built with Scotland-based tech firm Volaro in 2015, the Express Contracts system removes much of the manual…

Air Booking Displays Need To Accommodate Retailing, But How Is Anyone’s Guess

Airline distribution expert Cory Garner last week contemplated whether or not “product-based” airline displays were compatible with the indirect distribution channel favored by corporate travel programs. It’s very difficult, he said, and getting it done requires “a lot of alignment and consultation amongst the various stakeholders.” Those are not hallmarks of the historical relationships between…

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AA-Sabre Lawsuit: Can Air Travel Comparison Shopping And Retailing Play Nice?

Sabre on Friday rejected American Airlines’ claims that the GDS operator’s new airline shopping display biases against the carrier and breaches their contract. In their court filings in Tarrant County, Texas, the parties offered contradictory commentary and argued about the nuances of their agreement. The bigger picture, though, is one of airlines and distributors at…

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Under New Agreement, Sabre Will ‘Motivate’ TMCs To Sell ‘Higher-Value’ Delta Products

Under Delta’s new, three-year full content agreement with Sabre, the airline will pay the global distribution system provider more for bookings that bring in more revenue and less for those that don’t. They claimed an industry first and said corporate travel buyers who want access to the lowest fares would continue to have it. The…

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Richer Info, Tighter Integration, Acquisitions Propel Corporate Online Booking Technology

Delivering Covid-related info in the booking path is a challenge that may perpetuate outsized reliance on human support, but tech is the long-term answer. Booking tool developers hope that when corporate travelers come back in earnest, they’re pleasantly surprised by improved user experiences. Systems tap some of the same sources for Covid details that, pre-pandemic,…