A passenger buying an American Airlines Preferred Seat on flight 523 from Dallas/Fort Worth to El Paso, Texas, made travel tech history in the U.S.
This wasn’t “a shot heard ’round the world,” but Amadeus accomplished something far-reaching in becoming the first GDS to enable travel agencies to issue IATA standard electronic miscellaneous documents through a settlement organization, in this case BSP.
In fits and starts, travel tech companies and associations are gearing up to handle airline optional services.
After a several million dollar effort, the Airlines Reporting Corp. says it will be ready in early November to handle airline and travel agency processing of Electronic Miscellaneous Documents for the reporting and settlement of optional services.
Will the global distribution systems be able to handle Electronic Miscellaneous Documents for optional services? Sabre is indicating, yes, it will be ready.
U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood proposed new consumer protections related to overbooked flights, fare displays in advertising, checked bags and cancellation fees.
Consumers aren’t the only ones wincing at checked bag fees — some corporations are mulling pulling travel spending from airlines with heavy ancillary fees.