In the interest of promoting transparency and convenience for both passengers and travel managers/planners, Sabre will launch its “Air Total Pricing” system for air transactions over the next couple of months. According to Sabre, the new system will enable travel agents and other bookers to see the true cost of an airline itinerary, including any and all applicable add-on fees before booking a flight.
What’s their business goal with these new offerings? Sabre says the developments will resolve the comparison-shopping problems that frustrate travel buyers. A pretty good set of solutions now, but the booking and fulfillment portion of the situation isn’t likely to be handled until late 2010.
With prices, scheduling and citypair remaining the dominant criteria for air price shopping, the explosion of ancillary fees has clouded the experience, according to Sabre.
Releases of these new solutions for travel planners will begin late this month, with a second phase planned for August. Stay tuned to The Corporate Housing Network blog for the latest and greatest.