global distribution system

Concur, Frosch, HRG Sign Up For New AA NDC Program Offering $2 Per Segment, Other Benefits

American Airlines will pay participating travel agencies $2 per net segment booked and ticketed using certified NDC connections at all points of sale on AA-marketed flights. The program requires agencies to cover distribution costs, but comes with a near-term content parity commitment. It also enables new possibilities for corporate bundles, waiver-and-favor management and risk management data. They’re…

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…

Security Experts Highlight Concerns About Reservations Data As GDSs React To Vulnerabilities

Global distribution system providers this week did not contest the results of an examination by Germany-based tech security experts showing vulnerabilities in reservation systems. Security experts contacted by The Company Dime said the potential for abuse may be greater than the researchers outlined in that such information could be used for crimes including corporate espionage…

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

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 at U.S. points of sale was $1.35, according to testimony in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here. Segment fees that year…

Amex GBT Goes After ‘Higher Processing Costs’ Of Gol, Ryanair, Southwest, Others

American Express Global Business Travel in an August letter indicated customers would pay a $10 surcharge on transactions booked with airlines deemed “high cost.” “This additional $10 fee applies to any transaction booked with a supplier that is booked outside a GDS; does not settle its accounts through industry-standard methods; has limited or no participation…

Sabre Builds ‘Revenue Maximization Tools,’ Wins Over Flight Centre

[UPDATE, Feb. 8, 2017: Sabre CFO Rick Simonson on Feb. 7 told investors that the Flight Centre contract would add $80 million in incremental revenue for a total run rate of $100 million expected during 2018.] Sabre expects meaningful share gains starting next year from a new contract with a big Asia/Pacific travel agency. It appears to…

Imagine, If You Will, An Ordinary Industry

A month before Lufthansa Group will add 16 euro to fares booked through GDSs, many think the company is bluffing. They expect the parties to settle on terms and return the status quo. But what if they’re wrong and an alternate universe awaits? First of all, after Sept. 1 Lufthansa’s airlines will be that much less price-competitive for 70 percent of its customers….

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