Delta Air Lines

Buyers Fret (Privately) About Airline Ticket Tour Codes

On airline tickets using corporate negotiated airfares, travel agents and booking tools typically include tour codes to identify bookings as coming from a particular travel agency, corporate TMC or airline corporate client. When these codes are wrong or missing, there may be financial ramifications or an impact on traveler benefits. Corporate travel buyers speaking during…

Want To Hold Onto Elite Status With Your Airline? It’s Going To Cost You.

There was a moment at the height of the pandemic when rewards programs were lowering the velvet rope for more than the privileged few. According to this article by Victoria M. Walker, it’s time to prepare for the “great reset” in elite status. There’s nothing quite like getting special treatment while traveling. Think complimentary upgrades…

Airlines Need New Planes, But The Supply Chain Has Other Ideas

Aviation’s supply and demand balance has been out of whack since the pandemic began. That caused airfares to plummet then skyrocket. Many corporate buyers and their preferred airlines rolled agreements over, waiting for the dust to settle. Domestic demand is now strong but on the supply side, seat capacity in the U.S. market for this…

Single-Carrier Route Mandates Cut Air Spend For Software Firm Finastra

Multinational travel programs typically use at least two of the three major airline partner groupings, and many use all three. U.K.-based financial software firm Finastra in 2019 committed to providing all its business on a lucrative international route to just one. After seeing savings by aggregating that spending, the company is hunting for similar opportunities…

Emburse Data: U.S. Corporate Air Traffic Two-Thirds Recovered In Q3, Lagging Car Rental But Leading Lodging

Some suppliers are describing corporate travel demand recovery trends beyond 80 percent relative to 2019, but a cross section of the landscape based on large-client data from Emburse is not so optimistic. Emburse for the quarter ending in September found that domestic U.S. air booking volume was down 36 percent versus 2019. Total domestic air…

Still Beating Display Drum, Delta Restates New Distribution Capability ‘Pause’

While continuing to argue that retailing capabilities in traditional connections and displays could improve, a Delta Air Lines exec on Wednesday said a New Distribution Capability project with Sabre that the airline halted a couple of years ago had “very much restarted.” Also this week, Delta officials clarified 2020 comments widely taken to mean NDC…

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