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Tag: Sabre

1978 to today – What has changed in airline distribution since deregulation?

For those of us that have been a part of the industry for the better part of the last 4 decades, we have seen so much change.  This week we are going to take a look at some of these changes for the airline industry. MARRYING BUYERS AND SELLERS The definition of distribution is the […]

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Retrospective: eCommerce Pioneers, A Story Worth Telling by Max Hopper

Click here to order A decade ago, I wrote a book about the History of Global Travel Distribution, with the sub-title eCommerce Pioneers.  Max Hopper (who passed away Jan 25th) wrote the introduction for my book. A Story Worth Telling, by Max Hopper Business histories are vitally important because they relate how an individual or […]

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American Airlines hit hard in yesterday’s stock tumble

I want to thank those of you who have been faithfully reading the Distribution-Solutionz blog.  My day job is pulling me to sweltering Dallas, TX today and tomorrow, so I’m taking a bit of a break today and tomorrow from blogging. As I sit here in Tampa airport and I check yesterday’s stocks for the […]

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Offline Strategy in the Wings for Leading OTA Expedia?

Occasionally, when you least expect it, you can get a view into a company’s strategy from the most inocuous of places – their job boards.  Since I’m updating my book on Multi-Channel Distribution, I have a Google Alert set up for distribution and today, up popped this job description. Senior Manager, Travel Agent Distribution Americas […]

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“Making Nice” – What does it look like?

I have two children — a girl age 13 and a boy age 11.  In our house, we have a firm rule.  No tattling. We force them to “make nice” with each other, finding middle ground that works for both of them.  It is our hope that they are building lifelong negotiating skills.  We expect […]

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Doing the Math: How to get the highest ADR for your hotel room

  Courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net from Salvatore Vuono’s portolio. On social media discussion sites, such as LinkedIn’s hospitality groups, I frequently see hoteliers posting about how they can get the highest ADR for their hotel room.  It is actually a pretty simple equation that involves paying attention to the booking source, otherwise known as the channel […]

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Who is the biggest GDS?

I am now going to shift gears away from online technology and the role that they play in the travel distribution ecosystem to a topic that I have been personally intrigued with since I wrote my first book on Global Distribution in 1999.   That topic is GDS Share. As background:  Last week, I wrote a […]

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Distribution Basics: And what role do the GDSs play? Part 3 of 3 (otherwise known as You Get What You Pay For) CORRECTED

This is part 3 of 3 in the discussion about the distribution portfolio of American Airlines. In the previous two posts, we’ve looked at the internal CRS environment of the airline (which for AA is Sabre’s Airline Solutions) and we’ve looked at the technology necessary on the consumer front to power the website and to […]

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Distribution Basics: The cost of producing an airline booking

At issue in the war between the airlines and the GDS, are a number of things, but first and foremost is the one of cost. I believe the real issue is that the airlines don’t believe that they should have to bear the high cost of the GDS’s legacy environment and would like to see […]

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AA/Sabre Dispute: All is quiet on the western front….

For the time being, June 1st is not the cataclysmic event that had been predicted, but the engines have not been turned off in this game of chicken, at least not just yet. This morning, Travelocity (powered by Sabre) still has AA prominently displayed and the travel management companies that we serve still seem to […]

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