Travelport has unveiled a self-booking tool called TripGate, developed specifically for the Eastern European market
Morning Scan: Expedia migrates smoothly, Southwest has an IT fiasco, Priceline preps for earnings, and more travel tech news
Expedia says its migration to a unified IT platform for all of its brands is going smoothly, while Southwest admits that a technical glitch in its reservation system caused ridiculous billing glitches for hundreds of customers. Meanwhile, speculation runs rife about whether Priceline’s earnings report tomorrow.
In October, the airline industry will propose new processes be adopted by the four mammoth Global Distribution Systems: Abacus, Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport.
Few agents currently view airline ancillaries as an opportunity to charge or increase fees according to a survey from Travelport
Travelport has joined forces with Beijing-based TravelSky on a project aimed at taking seat map technology to the next level.
The American Airlines dispute with Orbitz and Travelport just got global in nature with the airline poised to charge travel agents outside the U.S. a surcharge on all bookings processed through Travelport’s Galileo and Worldspan global distribution systems beginning in February.
Offline agencies booking through the new Travelport Universal API will get Southwest live availability and last seat inventory because the airline is connecting to the API as part of an expanded multiyear content agreement.
Travelport GDS reorganizing its hotel distribution and advertising business on a global basis to give it more focus.
Travelport appears to be popping the champagne after just five weeks since the relaunch of its Travelport Leisure hotel portal for travel agents.