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Sabre to pull American Airlines fares in August 2011…

Posted on 06 January 2011

 

American is attempting to drive agents to its own direct host reservation system and lessen its dependence on the middlemen like Sabre.

  

Sabre Holdings Corp., which provides airfare data to travel agencies, will drop American Airlines fares in August, a month before their contract ends, according to Bloomberg News.

Chris Kroeger, senior vice president at Sabre Travel Network, told Bloomberg that Sabre will end discounts for the airline and change the display of its listings until then.

American Airlines stopped selling its tickets on Orbitz.com, an online travel agency, on Dec. 21 after they failed to reach an agreement on how the carrier’s fares should be accessed.

American is attempting to drive agents to its own direct host reservation system and lessen its dependence on the middlemen like Sabre, which are called global distribution systems.

Expedia stopped selling American Airlines tickets on its sites on Jan. 1, calling American’s move “anti-consumer” and “anti-choice.”

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, American Airlines said Sabre’s actions are “discriminatory” and patently inconsistent” with its contractual obligations.

“The actions only serve to protect Sabre’s market position and attempt to force airlines and travel agencies to rely exclusively on its legacy systems that only lead to higher fares and fewer choices for consumers,” it says.

Delta Air Lines also pulled its fares last month from smaller online travel agencies, including CheapOAir.com, OneTravel.com and BookIt.com.

Meanwhile, Cory Garner, American’s director of distribution strategies, told Dow Jones Newswires that the carrier is continuing its discussions with Expedia and Orbitz but is “comfortable” with booking levels despite dropping the online sellers.

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