SOUTHWEST plans to make its fares and
schedules available through the Worldspan GDS, part of a heightened effort to court business travelers.
For years Sabre was the airline's exclusive GDS outlet, but
Southwest plans to be in Galileo in November and eventually in
Worldspan, which like Galileo, is owned by Travelport. "We're going
to go after the business traveler in a big way and it will be
obvious to all," Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said to analysts in the
company's third quarter conference call in October. The airline
will continue to offer the Swabiz self-booking tool for
corporations, and has tripled its corporate sales force to 15
people since the summer.
EXPRESS BUSINESS TRAVEL plans to introduce AX HotelHub, an
online interface that offers hotel inventory from GDSs, third-party
Web sites, consolidators and direct-connects from hotel properties.
Replete with data reporting and integration features, AX HotelHub
is geared to provide a more efficient means for travel managers to
manage their hotel spend and programs, and offers access to some
120,000 hotel properties, officials stated. The new product is
slated to be introduced in the U.K. and France in November.
AD NETWORK (TAN) became the exclusive ad rep for
U.S.-accessed inventory on the U.K.-based social networking site
WAYN (Where Are You Now?). TAN will deliver targeted ads to some of
WAYN's 9 million users when they share their travel experiences.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 10 the ad network signed a similar deal with
mapping service, RandMcNally.com. TAN claims to be the largest ad
network in travel with 10.5 million unique visitors.
HILTON is highlighting some of the benefits
of its guest-rewards program, HHonors, noting in an e-mail to
members that they can exchange points for airline miles with about
36 airline partners. HHonors members can execute the exchange by
e-mailing [email protected]. However,
Hilton informs guests that they should allow "up to 60 days for the
exchange to be processed." Of course, these exchange requests can
be expedited for a fee, Hilton states, although the expedited
request still takes "a minimum of 10 business days for most express
CLEAR opened its expedited security lanes
at San Francisco's international terminal, meaning travelers that
sign up for the program can use Clear lanes at all of the airport's
terminals. Clear lanes at the airport's domestic terminals opened
Editor: Dennis Schaal
Phone: (201) 902-1904
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected]weekly.com.