It’s flights and hotels that consume most of our funds when traveling. And it’s usually the plane tickets that we book first – because they set the beginning and end dates, as well as the intermediary stops during our itinerary. This is especially for traveling far away, but even on short routes, it’s often the air travel services that are most expensive. So, fining your way to save on flights, will obviously make your entire trip cost a lot less!
News the other day that Alaska Airlines launched their own mobile ticket platform is probably just a sign of initiatives to come from a great many service providers.
If one were to listen to airline executives giving speeches across the country, the only conclusion would be that the airline industry is the most perfectly transparent industry in the U.S.A. when it comes to pricing — it is a comparison-shopping nirvana. Airline passengers, on the other hand, say airline pricing has become so complicated that figuring out comparative air travel costs requires a spreadsheet. Applying for a mortgage may be easier and more straightforward.
For years it led the way in air travel innovation, inventing the frequent flyer program, designing the world’s first computer reservation system and filling up its empty seats with the discount Super Saver Fare. But this week’s news that American Airlines have filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization has brought the US’s seemingly untouchable, de facto national carrier crashing back down to earth with a bang.
In airline news, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authorities (CASA) grounded Tiger Airways Australia because of what the authority called an “imminent risk” to air safety. Understandably, the industry there is in a degree of chaos now as the popular budget carrier serves tens of thousands of customers.
And in case you thought your nightmare vacation was the worst you ever heard of, when Selsdon Travel, aka Dreamticket, shut its doors the other day, and hundreds of UK travelers found themselves stranded at destinations across the Middle, East, Africa, and on Islands in the Indian Ocean.
In airline travel news, US Airways just announced the signing of a multi year contract for full content distribution and merchandising with Sabre Travel Network. This latest news, pertinent to the ongoing wars between the various online agents and service providers, is at least a positive sign for global distribution players.
Travelport and Orbitz sue American Airlines over intended breakup of ticket sale deal. American wants exclusivity and no competition, while online travel companies demand choice for their customers. In what appears to be a move in protest of Travelport’s Southwest deal, AA aims to leverage their position. Meanwhile, Orbitz stocks tumble when they can afford it least.