As part of its integration into Delta and in a bid to increase its vacation-packaging business, MLT Vacations signed an agreement with Travelport GDS to use Worldspan for air reservations for the wholesaler's multiple vacation brands.
The transition to a GDS from its long use of an internal airline reservations system will end MLT's use of the Northwest PARS (Programmed Airline Reservation System) and enhance MLT's ability to offer travelers itineraries from multiple airlines instead of predominantly using Northwest flights. MLT's package business from the U.S. and Canada covers vacations in those countries plus Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
Travelport will power air reservations and give consumers access to its e-Pricing air-search tool on MLT's charter brand, Worry-Free Vacations, as well as for NWA WorldVacations, Continental Airlines Vacations and, beginning July 6, Delta Vacations.
The Travelport agreement at least in part grows out of Northwest's merger with Delta last year and the merged airline's decision to phase out Northwest PARS.
Long a Northwest subsidiary, MLT Vacations became a subsidiary of Delta when the two airlines merged. Delta opted to phase out Northwest PARS in favor of Delta's internal reservations system, Deltamatic, both of which were hosted by Worldspan.
Integration in early July
Beginning July 6, NWA WorldVacations is slated to be integrated into the Delta Vacations brand, and MLT Vacations will handle the merged airlines' vacation-package business, replacing previous provider Travel Impressions.
In November, MLT Vacations boosted its business as it began to manage Continental Airlines Vacations.
The use of the Travelport GDS instead of Northwest PARS gives MLT Vacations the ability to offer travelers the choice of multiple airlines without having to build separate connections to various carriers.
This development could help MLT expand its business to other vacation brands, as well.
When consumers previously booked flights as part of packages on MLT websites, they sometimes had to deal with extended layovers if there weren't efficient Northwest connections.
Travelport GDS spokeswoman Jill Brenner said MLT's use of Worldspan will give consumers more flight choices and also more readily accommodate the booking of Delta's SkyTeam partners.