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Lufthansa Ratchets Up Pressure on Sabre Over Travel Distribution

Lufthansa Ratchets Up Pressure on Sabre Over Travel Distribution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This year Lufthansa made a series of small moves that, when looked at together, reveal a doubling down on its multi-front strategy to pressure Amadeus, Travelport, and especially Sabre to conform more to its preferred airline distribution practices. Connect the dots, and it looks like a low-grade war.

10 months ago

Travelport Close to Being Taken Private by Activist Investor

Travelport Close to Being Taken Private by Activist Investor

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport has only been on the public market for four years, but hedge fund Elliott Management believes it can engineer a leveraged buyout that will unlock more value from the company. A spin-off of payments unit eNett is a likely early goal.

10 months ago

Amadeus to Pay $3 Million to Settle an Antitrust Lawsuit in the U.S.

Amadeus to Pay $3 Million to Settle an Antitrust Lawsuit in the U.S.

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In settling this lawsuit, Amadeus doesn't admit to any wrongdoing or violations of antitrust law. Along with Travelport, Amadeus agreed to have its team engage in antitrust compliance training.

10 months ago

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

European Regulators Will Focus on Distributors’ Restrictive Airline Contracts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It's anyone's guess whether travel distribution giants Amadeus and Sabre might have run afoul of the European Union's rules. But a look at the history of those companies' airline contracts provides clues as to what might be top of mind with investigators.

10 months ago

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Over the years, the big global distribution systems have been a major barrier to innovation by airlines and travel startups, in particular. The European Commission now intends to take a serious look at this dynamic.

10 months ago

Amadeus Revs Up Spending for Product Development

Amadeus Revs Up Spending for Product Development

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus is spending more heavily on R&D than its competitors, which it is betting augurs well for its future.

11 months ago

Travelport Sees India as Its Path to Reverse Market Share Losses

Travelport Sees India as Its Path to Reverse Market Share Losses

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Gordon Wilson, the CEO of Travelport, said in an interview that he sees India as one of the drivers of its long-term growth. That's plausible, but not assured. Private equity should take the company private to shield it from quarterly earnings pressure, and allow it to invest properly to make the most of its varied opportunities.

11 months ago

Sabre Looks for Efficiencies With Cloud Migration on Track

Sabre Looks for Efficiencies With Cloud Migration on Track

Sean O'Neill, Skift

CEO Sean Menke has turned around Sabre's performance since coming on board in 2017. No wonder investors have bid up the travel technology company's share price since then.

11 months ago

How Alibaba-Backed Shiji Is Expanding Its Tech Sales to Hotels Outside of China

How Alibaba-Backed Shiji Is Expanding Its Tech Sales to Hotels Outside of China

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Beijing-based Shiji serves more than 47,000 hotels outside of China. This is the first time it has spoken candidly with independent English-language media about its acquisition strategy. This year its subsidiaries have won deals with MGM Resorts, Radisson, and other major brands. Reading between the lines, it has big plans in the works.

11 months ago

Mastercard Adds New Hotel Benefits for Elite Cardholders

Mastercard Adds New Hotel Benefits for Elite Cardholders

Grant Martin, Skift

Mastercard is launching new best rate and service guarantees, which should help woo some travel-focused customers away from American Express.

12 months ago

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Loyalty Beyond Points and Miles: Creating Rewarding Experiences for the Experiential and Millennial Traveler

Loyalty Beyond Points and Miles: Creating Rewarding Experiences for the Experiential and Millennial Traveler

Switchfly + Skift

Today’s consumer no longer thinks about loyalty solely in terms of points and miles. That’s created a growing opportunity for travel brands to rethink the strategies they use to build loyalty with travelers.

1 year ago

Video: Sabre CEO Believes Airlines Can Get More Creative With Fees

Video: Sabre CEO Believes Airlines Can Get More Creative With Fees

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Sabre CEO Sean Menke is right when he says consumers want the ability to comparison shop before they make travel plans. But his ideas about making airline fees more complicated — and lucrative — might not be so popular.

1 year ago