Hotel Brands Quietly Give Travel Agents Access to Preferred Lower Rates

Hotels are beginning to leverage the power of travel agent partners in their conflict with online booking sites.

Agents Don’t Book Hotels That Play Games With Room Rates Says Study

Hotels have long placed lower rates on channels more advantageous to driving revenue. That some travel agents are finally wising up to the lack of rate parity is unlikely to change that.

Delta Won’t Be Adding the New Ticket Fee That Lufthansa Is Pushing

Delta, American, United and Southwest are enjoying their moment now, with industry consolidation stabilizing the market, so they aren't likely to risk the disruption that Lufthansa's actions are likely to trigger.

Amadeus Shares Drop After Lufthansa Adds Charges for Outside Bookings

Expect other airlines to follow Lufthansa's lead.

Lufthansa Group to Add Surcharge For Flights Booked on Other Sites

The big question for the Lufthansa Group is whether other airlines will follow its lead. Either way, things are about to get nasty.

Booking Sites and Airlines Fear Law Requiring Storage of Data in Russia

Putin is riding a wave of nationalism in Russia and he intends to mess with foreign companies' businesses, including Internet, airline and other travel companies, in a backlash against European and American sanctions.

Amadeus Plans to Raise $1.9 Billion in First Bond Sale Since 2011

With an additional $1.9 billion in its coffers, Amadeus could reward investors and also buy a lot of stuff.

Expedia and Sabre Extend Their Already Deep Relationship

When Expedia gets around to talking about acquiring Travelocity outright, the relationship between Travelocity parent Sabre and Expedia is already so close they will have no problem getting their phone calls answered. Sabre is counting on such a sale, telling investors that it is guaranteed to increase shareholder value.

Travelport Acquires Hotelzon to Cut Travel Agents in on More Hotel Bookings

Travelport is still overwhelmingly tied into the air business, but this acquisition and other recent moves helps it to begin the uphill battle to diversify.

Silvercar’s Audi A4s Now Available Through Travel Agents for Business Travelers

This is an odd, yet astute pairing of mobile-oriented startup, Silvercar, and a global distribution system, Travelport. This is a smart way for Silvercar to broaden its service to business travelers who are looking for a premium rental during their employee travels.