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Travel Management Companies Race To Meet AA’s NDC Targets, Sort Out Client Fees

[UPDATE, April 23, 2024: American Airlines delayed new restrictions on how travelers can earn loyalty program points, to July 11 from May 1. The rules will affect some bookings through agencies AA does not qualify as “preferred.” According to a spokesperson, “This extension gives an opportunity for those agencies to complete the transition. We’ll continue…

Amex GBT Considers Aggregators

American Express Global Business Travel engaged airline tech consultancy T2RL to gather information about non-GDS airline content aggregators.  “It’s important for GBT to stay informed of all industry innovators and tech developers, and we often work with people who look at the industry differently,” said Martin Ferguson, the company’s VP for global communications, public affairs…

Notebook: Empathy On Fumes As Airfare Fragmentation Bears Down In America

Boston – With its plan to phase out traditional, EDIFACT-based indirect sales by the end of 2025, Finnair’s alternative distribution vision is among the world’s most ambitious. During a panel discussion at a UATP event here last week, its head of strategy admitted to a lack of familiarity with corporate needs in terms of duty…

American Airlines Finds Fans, Foes Of Distribution Plan (Audio)

Airline industry folks including a top consultant and tech provider saw American Airlines’ distribution strategy revealed Monday as progress. Corporate travel management company leaders? Not as much.  “This AA announcement appears to remove current content, in the name of NDC, while also limiting other content, which brings confusion to the booking process,” according to a…

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…

As Hopper Spawns Flexibility And Price Protections, Corporate Booking Tech Is On The Way

Apparently Hopper is building a corporate online booking tool. Marketing materials suggest B2B clients can “offer an end-to-end OBT that leverages Hopper’s technology, supply and design.” Scores of job openings describe a new corporate travel team that would “make Hopper’s consumer booking experience available to corporate travelers with corporate controls” through an “elegant, user-centric” solution….

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