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Brick and Mortar Agencies sales of domestic air tickets are higher than OTAs and Megas

According to the Airline Reporting Corporation, 36% of all domestic airline ticket sales ($3.1b) is done by the “other travel agent” category.  This is down 1% from the beginning of the year. With 13,709 agencies left in the US, this means that the bulk of sales are produced by just under 13,700 of them. The […]

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Per ARC, YTD Mega agencies are holding steady on Domestic Air Tickets Issued

According to the Airline Reporting Corporation, for all three quarters to date of 2012, Mega Agencies have issued 25% of the domestic airline tickets issued by the agency community. The Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) grew as a percentage of total transactions (42%) in the 2nd quarter, but reverted back to 41% of total agency sales

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Top 10 Travel Distribution Fallacies – #7 GDS (and travel agents) are dinosaurs

GDS (and travel agents) are dinosaurs GDS and travel agents may be part of the travel distribution heritage, but they are not extinct. If the longevity of the dinosaur is any indication, both the GDS and travel agents will be with us for some time to come. In the last decade we have gone from

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Top 10 Travel Distribution Fallacies – #9 Direct Distribution

“Going direct” is always the cheapest distribution channel  It is dangerous for travel suppliers to make this assumption without considering all their costs. Direct distribution may indeed offer lesser costs than some other channels, as clearly you do not need to pay commissions and overrides, or GDS fees.  But it is not free. Suppliers should

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Making Sense of the Airline Distribution Noise – Airfares by Agency Channel

With all the noise over airline distribution, how has it really changed since 2010? I’m glad you asked. For well more than a decade, I’ve been analyzing the changes taking place in airline ticket distribution here in the US.  There is a lot of noise over this issue, particularly as the airlines continue to invest

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