Tag Archives: Briefly

Airbnb-Concur Travel Hookup Slated For Early 2018

Concur expects to launch by February the ability to pull Airbnb listings into hotel-only search results within the Concur Travel self-booking tool. At companies that opt in, users searching for lodging as a standalone item would see Airbnb listings with pricing and some details. That includes requests using Concur’s “vicinity search.” Booking requires the user to click over… Read More »

Travelport Signs With BA, Iberia To Remove Surcharge For TMCs Giving Up GDS Incentives

Travelport and British Airways/Iberia agreed to a framework for surcharge-free airfares, adopting the private channel concept for travel agency users that sacrifice GDS incentives. It wasn’t unexpected, but the agreement serves as a letdown for some U.K. travel agency leaders who were hoping the market’s top GDS would fight the private-channel construct. Amadeus and Sabre had previously agreed to… Read More »

With ‘Real ID’ Airport Security Rules Set To Take Effect In January, TMCs Issue Client Advisories

Twelve years since Congress passed it, the Real ID Act is getting real. Two months before the new federal security rules take effect at U.S. airports, travel managers are finding lots of confusion. That’s why travel management companies are encouraging clients to spread the message about the potential impact. Conceived after 9/11 as a way to make state-issued… Read More »

IAG Removes Surcharge For Expedia, Egencia

British Airways and Iberia agreed to remove their global distribution system surcharge for users of Expedia and clients of its Egencia corporate travel arm, according to an Egencia spokesperson. “As part of a wider Expedia/Egencia agreement reached by Expedia Inc. and IAG (BA and Iberia), travelers booking from EMEA and Asia Pacific have been surcharge-free since November 1,… Read More »

Sabre CEO Menke Explains The Private Channel

Sabre CEO Sean Menke confirmed what many suspected. The IAG private channel option for travel agencies caught up in reworked economics between airlines and GDSs is about foregoing GDS incentives. Parent of British Airways and Iberia, IAG created “two buckets for the agency community,” Menke explained during the Wednesday Bernstein Technology Summit. He called them the “haves and have-nots.” The… Read More »

Shutdown Of Google QPX ‘Express’ Faring Solution Shouldn’t Disrupt Corporate Travel Tech

Google revealed plans to shut down on April 10, 2018 the API for a light version of its shopping and faring service. Acquired by Google half-a-dozen years ago, ITA Software’s advanced pricing and shopping capabilities had become a go-to alternative to similar global distribution system functionality. Its standard QPX product is used by a number of travel providers including… Read More »

Travelport Expects ‘Large Majority’ Of Its BA/Iberia Bookings To Use ‘Private Channel’

Travelport expects most bookings on British Airways and Ibera to be subject to the carriers’ new private channel option. That implies lower GDS incentive income for travel management companies. Travelport president and CEO Gordon Wilson on Thursday morning told investors that while negotiations were ongoing, “We think a large majority of our business with International Airlines Group is going to… Read More »

Uber For Business Changing Pricing, Again

Uber for Business is still trying to figure out how much to charge corporate clients. After appearing to settle on a 10 percent charge for its “premium” service, which corporate buyers told The Company Dime they didn’t really value, Fortune last month reported that the company added the fee for non-premium business users, too. This followed an August Uber… Read More »

Wilson Questions NDC’s Role As IAG Fee Nears

New York – With the British Airways/Iberia surcharge on GDS bookings set to take effect in two weeks, many eyes are on the United Kingdom’s largest GDS. Travelport arguably has both more influence on, and more to lose from, the outcome of the airlines’ program than any other intermediary. Speaking at a World Travel Inc. event here last week, Travelport… Read More »

United Airlines Brings Salesforce CRM System To Account Managers

United Airlines this summer made available a new self-service portal for corporate and agency customers. Now it’s training salespeople on the internal component of the platform. Based on Salesforce, the customer relationship management tool is meant to streamline planning and interactions with existing and prospective corporate clients. The CRM system is on the same platform as the Jetstream… Read More »