New Travelocity Business data service breaks out airline fees

By Danny King

Travelocity Business unveiled a reporting service that breaks out airline ancillary fees, to help businesses better manage travel expenses as carriers broaden their a la carte charges, from bag fees to onboard WiFi.

The travel management company created a computer-generated algorithm that analyzes customers’ credit card reports to create fee lists that can be categorized by carrier or service category, Travelocity Business said.

Travelocity Business estimates that ancillary fees account for as much as 10% of corporate air travel costs. It said the service will help its clients set intercompany travel policies while allowing them to better negotiate agreements with travel suppliers.

"While it is clear the industry needs more transparency on fee structures and improved clarity throughout the settlement process, Travelocity Business also understands that corporations can’t wait to begin gaining insight into a significant travel cost,” said Yannis Karmis, president of Travelocity Business.

Airlines’ worldwide revenue from ancillary charges jumped 43% last year to $14.6 billion, according to a July report from IdeaWorks and Amadeus.

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