Posts with the tag "Multi-GDS"

US Airways Sabre Trial: No Winner – only Losers!

US Airways Sabre Verdict: No Winner – only Losers!

Last week US Airways (now American Airlines) and Sabre made their final pleas to the jury – the five-year-plus antitrust case draw to a close. My prediction became true: There is no winner.

The verdict is in. American Airlines will receive $ 5.1 million in damages – 11.5 percent of what they’d sought. The battle will go on, Sabre will file a motion or appeal, and we are back to square one. Bottom line, attorneys aside, no winner only be losers. The money awarded will hardly cover the expenses of this lawsuit. [UPDATE 3/7/17: Even though the Award is tripled according to Texas law, US Airways disclosed legal costs exceeded $ 122 million ($ 84.5M in attorney fees, $ 36.6M in attorney expenses & almost $ 0.9M in statutory costs), while Sabre estimated their legal fees between $ 35-$ 50 million]. Will airlines now be free to negotiate any deals they may want? I hardly doubt it.

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Going GUI: The Cost of Multi-Source Agent Desktops

Did GDSs pay $ 1.2 billion to avoid multi-source agent desktops? And how much does it cost to develop multi-content booking tools?

Graphical travel user interfaces (GUIs) such as agent desktops, online booking tools and mobile interfaces have been around for a while by now. While they are pretty successful in the online booking space with an adoption at around 90 percent, they are still lagging behind with agents who love their cryptic screen or “green screen”, how this terminal access is called by insiders referring to the ancient IBM 3270 terminals. Continue reading 

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Travel Agency Desktop Summit By The Open Axis Group

As reported by Tnooz, the Open Axis Group, a group of industry experts trying to establish an innovative new distribution standard, will hold a meeting to discuss the inadequacies of current travel agency desktops. Following the name for their distribution standard, Distribution 2.0, the working group is called Desktop 2.0.

In addition to the Open Axis Airline Members and third party developer allied members, several representatives from travel agencies, OTAs, TMCs will be invited. Continue reading 

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PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Hub Offers Comprehensive Connectivity

The recently announced partnership between Hotel Reservation Systems (HRS) and Concur is supposed to not only provide mutual clients with rich hotel content but at the same time lower travel costs.

This cooperation means that any of Concur’s corporate customers can now access HRS’s hotel content directly from their online corporate booking tool. Providing direct access to more than 250.000 hotels in 180 countries that are both chain and independent hotels make HRS the largest non-GDS source of online hotel content available today.
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GDS: Agent Desktops Seem To Be Inappropriate For Industry Conditions

Recently Sabre announced the launch of its next generation agent tool that will as expected offer multi-GDS access. With Amadeus (AmadeusOne) and Travelport (Universal Desktop) already offering a similar solution all three GDSs offer connections to each other’s hosts now. Constant Change Causes Difficulties For Industry Players

However, the given discontinuity of environment and volatility of the market caused by various mergers, political decisions and protectionism along with the economic downturns resulting in business travel budget cuts, make industry participants meeting new challenges. Continue reading 

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SwiftTrip, LLC Signs 5-Year Agreement with PASS Consulting to Access Multi-GDS Content

PASS Consulting Corporation today announced that it has signed a 5-year agreement with The Travel Authority (TTA) and its subsidiary SwiftTrip, LLC, a software development company owned by TTA, Passageways Travel, and Morris Murdock Travel The Travel Authority is a leading provider of travel management services and online booking programs.

PASS Consulting is specialized in providing superior technology solutions and services and is a recognized industry innovator in the competitive business travel marketplace. Continue reading 

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PASS Consulting Broadens Relationship with BCD Travel

PASS Consulting and BCD Travel, the world’s third-largest travel management company, today announced a broadened relationship that expands BCD Travel’s capability to offer speech-recognition services, route calls to agents with specialized skills and offer other services that lower costs and boost efficiency for corporate travel programs.

Under the multiyear renewal agreement, BCD Travel is using the PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Hub as a supplier gateway for its transactional platform, called the Source Platform.

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PASS XX/1: Multi-GDS Access Products

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. During this process, PASS XX/1 compiles information and puts it into the easy-to-use XML data exchange format. Continue reading 

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PASS Travel Technology Solutions – Multi GDS

PASS Travel Technology Solutions: PASS Consulting Group has just announced the full deployment of their Virtual Travel Organizer, also known as PASS VTO. PASS VTO provides travel agencies with the ability to evaluate and book travel options from GDS data or other sources from a single integrated screen.

PASS VTO offers dynamic packaging as part of a profiling function which allows the travel agent to instantly match the exact needs of the traveler. This means the agency has access to the most complete data filtered to the exact needs of the situation which saves the agency time while providing the best service and pricing to the customer. Continue reading 

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PASS Signs New Authorized Developer Agreement with Sabre Travel

PASS Consulting Corporation, a leading source for end-to-end technology and professional services for the travel industry, has signed a new Sabre Authorized Developer agreement.

As a result PASS is a Sabre Authorized third party developer for projects related to Sabre GDS connectivity. PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS / GNE – Hub is the high-performance transaction server platform to access any major CRS and GDS and makes such inventory available to clients through XML. Continue reading 

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How to Retrieve a PNR (Passenger Name Record)

If you want to retrieve a PNR, Passenger Name Record, what are you going to do? Perhaps you aren’t a Travel Company or don’t really know about all the specific things going on in the Travel Market? Here you get more information about how to retrieve a PNR.

How can you retrieve a PNR? Let’s say you want to retrieve the PNR Data from different GDS Systems. For example when you want to check the quality of your bookings that have been made, perhaps you want to check if the corporate rules of your company have been held in the last bookings. Continue reading 

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PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server – Easy Access to All GDS Systems

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. Continue reading 

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Travel Technology Solutions by PASS Consulting Corporation

Innovation – mostly achieved by young and ambitious trendsetters – is lagging behind specifically in the travel industry. While some companies are hanging on to inherited market share, antiquated applications and traditional distribution channels, they are sure to miss the opportunities that change as well as talented young people can bring.

We create Synergies between the latest IT-Trends and your Requirements. We listen. Here at PASS Consulting our main focus is understanding your specific business to then create an IT-solution customized specifically for you – at the price of standard software. Our Travel World lets you fully determine which modules and features are vital to elevate your business to the next level.
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