Sabre

Conferma Preps More Contactless Payment, The ‘Final Piece’ In Virtual Card Success

Sabre-owned virtual payments company Conferma Pay expects by January to provision virtual cards into digital wallets for travel bookings. It’s another means for virtual payment to dispense with 20th-century technology. Faxes now handle a minority of Conferma Pay’s virtual card authorizations to hotel properties, with more reliable, secure email and API connections growing in usage…

Sabre President Kurt Ekert: ‘We Want GetThere To Be A Showcase’ For NDC

Estimated reading time: 16 minutes The Company Dime co-founder Jay Campbell on Friday interviewed Sabre president Kurt Ekert by videoconference. Among other issues, Ekert talked about a starring role for Sabre’s GetThere corporate booking tool, hope for near-term adoption of the New Distribution Capability, an “arms race” for corporate travel management companies and how Sabre’s…

With Google ITA, Deem Presents Clients A New Choice For Shopping Southwest

[CORRECTION, Oct. 19, 2022: The original version of this article included outdated information about some Southwest Airlines leisure routes not available to Deem users via certain shopping channels. There are no longer any such restrictions.] Southwest Airlines early this year began “limited” participation in the Google ITA QPX airfare search and shopping system. Corporate online…

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…

BCD Travel Ditches Travelport

BCD Travel is moving to two global distribution system partners from three, focusing on Amadeus and Sabre while leaving out Travelport. “We have a high regard for Travelport, but we’re confident that the direction we’ve taken is the right one for our business and our customers,” according to a statement attributed to Thane Jackson, BCD…

Modern Business Travel Pushes Limits Of Automation

There was a time when 30-year-old travel tech provider Cornerstone Information Systems saw an exchange on one in five tickets issued. Now that’s up to between one-third and half. This has huge implications for corporate travel services, labor and costs — as the industry has seen since business travel came back in earnest. Unfortunately, it’s…

Spotnana Integrates With American Airlines To ‘Personalize’ Offers

Travel tech startup Spotnana several weeks ago activated “advanced,” direct integration with American Airlines to give travelers and agents booking and full post-ticketing capabilities, ARC/BSP settlement and access to new products. By using the airline’s NDC-compliant application programming interface from Accelya, the pair went live with offers that are not currently available in Sabre. “We…

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