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Best Travel News Stories of 2017

Best Travel News Stories of 2017

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Our favorites of the year were stories that you could find nowhere else. Each featured hours — or months — of phone calls or in-person interviews, and provided insights about an important development or trend. Each of these talented journalists, you could find nowhere else, either.

3 weeks ago

Airlines Rebel Against Amadeus’ Fees But Investors Aren’t Worried

Airlines Rebel Against Amadeus’ Fees But Investors Aren’t Worried

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

On the other hand, 15 airlines from the Middle East and North Africa renewed a 10-year deal for Amadeus distribution services. While some large airlines haggle, many airlines find Amadeus and its peers indispensable, for better or worse.

1 month ago

British Airways Surcharge Means Travel Agents Won’t Get Lowest Fares Through Sabre

British Airways Surcharge Means Travel Agents Won’t Get Lowest Fares Through Sabre

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines have learned that standing up to the global distribution system giants can actually yield benefits. It has been a hard-earned victory.

2 months ago

One in Five Amadeus Bookings Subject to New Fees as Air France Adds Surcharge

One in Five Amadeus Bookings Subject to New Fees as Air France Adds Surcharge

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Air France's decision to join Lufthansa and British Airways in leveling surcharges means that 20 percent of the airplane tickets booked through Amadeus would be subject to the new fees. Expect Amadeus to try to undermine the effort with every muscle it has.

3 months ago

Air France-KLM Joins Rivals in Adding Distribution Surcharge

Air France-KLM Joins Rivals in Adding Distribution Surcharge

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Air France-KLM had hinted at adding a distribution surcharge as far back as 2015, so the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. What it does tell us is that airlines are increasingly confident that the positives of introducing such a fee outweigh any negatives.

3 months ago

Travelport Signs Deal to Get Hertz’s Prepaid Car-Rental Rates for the First Time

Travelport Signs Deal to Get Hertz’s Prepaid Car-Rental Rates for the First Time

Sean O'Neill, Skift

As its pace of revenue growth slows, travel-tech player Travelport needs to diversify beyond distributing airline tickets. Rental cars are one bright spot. It is gaining traction thanks to a new deal with Hertz.

3 months ago

European Regulators Are Investigating Lufthansa’s Controversial Travel Agent Surcharge

European Regulators Are Investigating Lufthansa’s Controversial Travel Agent Surcharge

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European Union's decision to investigate Lufthansa's surcharge represents a potential blow to the airline industry, which is attempting to wrestle back control from intermediaries. Although the transport commission confirmed an investigation, it doesn't appear that any decision is imminent.

4 months ago

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines around the world are looking to revamp their distribution and merchandising efforts. Most of the innovation is happening in Europe right now, but U.S. airlines are starting to experiment, as well.

5 months ago

Travelport Signs MakeMyTrip Deal as the India Online Travel Agency Diversifies Its Distributors for Now

Travelport Signs MakeMyTrip Deal as the India Online Travel Agency Diversifies Its Distributors for Now

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport's distribution deal with India's largest online travel agency suggests that it can punch above its weight. But Travelport still faces a struggle against its much larger competitors.

5 months ago

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The global distribution systems aren't going anywhere. Innovation, however, is happening in the margins of the travel distribution marketplace, with airlines seeking to regain control of their destiny.

6 months ago

Travelport CEO Is ‘Super Skeptical’ About American Airlines Strategy

Travelport CEO Is ‘Super Skeptical’ About American Airlines Strategy

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is creating a new distribution path that might tweak the role companies like Travelport play in distribution. Travelport boss Gordon Wilson tells us he's skeptical. We remain undecided.

6 months ago

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is reviving its direct-booking conflict with distribution middlemen like Sabre. Advances in technology and fat profits at U.S. airlines make the threat more plausible now than a decade ago.

6 months ago