Tag Archives: GDS

Small, Midsize U.K. Travel Management Companies Reckon With British Airways Surcharge

With many travel management companies accepting the IAG airlines’ private channel GDS deals, which are left out? Industry experts see the “have-nots” facing ruin or consolidation. The puzzling part is, why would British Airways and Iberia want that? Posed to a BA press official, that question was not answered. International Airlines Group has declined multiple requests over the… 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 »

Sources: Air France-KLM To Soon Join Rivals With Global Distribution System Surcharge

[UPDATE: We published new info on Air France-KLM here.] Sources expect Air France-KLM in the next couple weeks to announce a surcharge for GDS bookings, much like rivals at Lufthansa Group and IAG. This will come as no surprise for many observers. One source said an announcement could come as early as next week, while another indicated early… 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 »

American Airlines Is Helping Sabre Build For NDC

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 »

CWT Statements On Deal Avoiding IAG Surcharge Make Little Mention Of NDC

Carlson Wagonlit Travel joined rivals Amex GBT and HRG in creating a deal to avoid the IAG carriers’ GDS surcharge. CWT would use “participating GDSs.” It did not name the lone participating GDS, Amadeus, in its press statement. CWT said very little about the New Distribution Capability, posting the following in a client Q&A: “What agreement is in place between… Read More »

Airline-GDS Negotiations Heat Up As Parties Try To Sway Lawsuit’s Outcome

[UPDATE, May 26, 2017: IAG informed industry partners that British Airways and Iberia would add a $10 fee as of Nov. 1, essentially for each one-way trip, on tickets purchased in global distribution systems. The fee will be displayed as a “Q charge” in fare constructions, and included in itinerary fare quotes. Refunds will align with the rules of the… Read More »

Case Details Sabre’s Airline Segment Fees, Including Southwest’s Advantage

[UPDATE, Dec. 21, 2016: Adds testimony at bottom about the differing levels of service provided to Southwest versus legacy U.S. network carriers like US Airways.] New York — Industry pros always figured Southwest Airlines paid less to global distribution system providers like Sabre than other big airlines. Now they know how much. Southwest’s 2010 per-segment fee to Sabre… Read More »