Tag Archives: Sabre

Another Small Business Travel Service Hits The Market, With An Alternative Lodging Twist

By | June 19, 2018

Developed by the Monaker Group, NextTrip.biz is one of the newest of many business travel booking services targeting small and medium-size companies. Announced last month, it promises to cut costs, simplify management and reward employees. If that sounds familiar, the twist here is including alternative lodging accommodations. Having previously built instant booking for rental homes, apartments, resorts and other types… Read More »

App Provider DCS Touts Full TMC Tech Integration

By | June 15, 2018

Many travel management companies offer itinerary apps to client travelers. With some exceptions, they pretty much provide the same or similar features. “They are more or less a commodity,” said Cristian Dinca, founder of Bucharest-based travel tech firm DCS Plus. He said a differentiator is when an app is an extension of a unified agency tech stack. That’s… Read More »

Sabre To Turn Off Old Profiles System This Year, As New One Turns Seven

By | June 1, 2018

Sabre intended to sunset its old traveler profile system by 2013, but Stars is still shining. The company of late told travel management company users they would be charged if they did not set a date for migration to the new(er) Sabre Profiles. “We have not charged anyone to date,” said Sabre Travel Network vice president of product management… Read More »

With A ‘Neutral’ Impact From GDS Fee, Lufthansa Banks On Channel Shift

By | April 20, 2018

When Lufthansa Group in mid-2015 informed the market of a new distribution strategy, one stated objective was to lower associated costs. The company expects to prove wrong the skeptics and start achieving that by the end of 2018. Lufthansa’s financial reporting does not offer enough detail to completely validate progress, but there are indicators of short-term pain for… Read More »

Lufthansa More Than Doubles Direct Channel Discount On Some Fares

By | April 6, 2018

According to published reports in Europe, Lufthansa Group on April 5 began discounting by 20 euros some short-haul economy-class roundtrip fares when booked through direct or NDC-enabled channels. This is on top of the 16 euro surcharge Lufthansa, Austrian and Swiss currently apply on bookings through global distribution systems, effectively more than doubling the disadvantage in traditional, indirect… Read More »

As Investor Seeks To Unlock Value At Travelport, Analysts Wonder How

By | March 27, 2018

The news that an activist investor took a stake in Travelport to push a possible sale of the company has analysts, consultants and industry leaders speculating about the possibilities. Could the GDS be broken up and sold to its two Western rivals? What about keeping it whole and selling to China-based TravelSky? Is there a wild-card buyer out… Read More »

Trying To Sign More North America TMCs, Amadeus Globalizes Agency, Corporate Roles

By | March 23, 2018

Amadeus is reorganizing its travel agency and corporate business lines to focus on global customer sectors rather than geographies. Two of its more recognizable execs in North America are leaving. Amadeus SVP of travel channels Decius Valmorbida said the departures of North America COO Vic Pynn and chief marketing officer Scott Alvis, while “difficult” decisions, were natural outcomes of… Read More »