Study finds that Sabre is the global leader

first_imgStudy finds that Sabre is the global leaderStudy indicates that Sabre offers more ancillary content and finds the lowest fare more oftenOutperforming the competition, global travel technology provider Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) consistently delivers the lowest fares with a large selection of attractive flight options, as found by a wide-scale qualitative and quantitative competitive global distribution system (GDS) study conducted across 18 countries by Dr. Fried & Partner, a leading marketing and consulting firm.While Sabre has been benchmarking its low-fare search performance for several years, this year’s study went one step beyond: it included extensive interviews with travel professionals as well as a “best fare” assessment comparing low fare efficacy, bookability, response time, diversity and ancillary content data.According to the research, Sabre surpasses its competitors in all regions, finding the lowest fare 10 percent more often than Amadeus and 7 percent more often Travelport, on average. In addition, the study finds that 75 percent of bookable air content in Sabre offers a branded fare or ancillary option, versus 59 percent in Amadeus and 55 percent in Travelport.For Australia specifically, the study has revealed impressive data, indicating that Sabre finds the lowest fare up to 18 percent more often than Amadeus and 16 percent more often than Travelport, on average.Travellers increasingly demand ancillary content for a more personalized travel experienceThe study reveals for both leisure and business travellers that while price continues to be important, there is also a growing demand for a higher quality of service as travellers want more out of their travel experience. Depending on the traveller profile and the type of journey they are undertaking, the study indicates that travellers are willing to pay up to 25 percent more for added value.“The concept of best fare for an individual traveller goes beyond price and depends very much on their specific needs, preferences, and reasons for travel.”, said Wade Jones, president, Sabre Travel Network. “Sabre is very aware of the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s travellers and we have been making significant strategic investments in our air shopping solutions to deliver both low fares and ancillary content. These investments will help airlines and agencies raise conversion rates, increase customer satisfaction, and foster loyalty.”Business and leisure travellers have different expectations on price and ancillary contentWhile the lowest price remains top of mind across all customer segments, the research suggests that there are pronounced differences between leisure and business travellers. The survey found:Leisure travellers have certain considerations when shopping for a trip:Flexibility when it comes to travel dates or destinationPriceBaggage includedRefundability or factors like shorter travel durations are less importantBusiness travellers are also price-conscious, but their needs are more diverse than those of leisure travellers. Alongside price, other deciding factors include:Short travel durationAirline brandAmenities like more legroom, priority boarding and lounge accessFares that deliver convenience and flexibility within the confines of their corporate travel policiesA shifting market landscape will benefit airlines, travel agents and travellers“We are seeing a shift in the market as awareness of rich content is slowly increasing,” said Dr. Markus Heller, co-founder, Dr. Fried & Partner. “As airlines continue to unbundle their offers and provide a wider range of branded fares and ancillaries, travellers appreciate individual services and amenities more than when they were included. Our research suggests that, as rich content gets more and more into travellers’ focus, it will present a significant opportunity for differentiation to travel agents.”“This changing landscape will benefit travel agents as well as airlines,” said Wade Jones. “Sabre is dedicated to helping airlines merchandise and distribute their content, including branded fares and all the air extras, through both direct and indirect channels. We are continuously enriching our technology to support the airlines’ omnichannel strategies, helping them increase their yield, basket size, upsell, cross-sell and merchandise their products in an attractive, consistent manner.”Sabre’s travel marketplace plays an important role in facilitating the marketing and sale of airfares, hotel rooms, rental cars, rail tickets and other types of travel, to more than 475,000 travel agents and thousands of corporations who use it to shop, book and manage travel. It is one of the world’s largest marketplaces, annually processing over $120 billion in estimated travel spend.Source = Sabre Corporationlast_img read more

Tis the season to be jolly so spread some Christ

first_img‘Tis the season to be jolly, so spread some Christmas cheer and celebrate the hard work of all those employees who tirelessly ensure travel is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.Year-round, many people in the travel industry, from airport check-in staff to hotel concierges, work hard to make sure our trips run smoothly. Christmas time can be the busiest time of year for these unsung heroes, when more of us are travelling to spend the festive season with friends and loved ones. Skyscanner wants to say thank you to our Christmas Heroes for putting a smile on our faces (no matter how long the airport security line is), for helping us get home (so we can stuff our faces with festive treats) and keeping us safe this Noël.Check out our video.http://www.youtube.com/embed/z4nwBm4GL_kDo you have your own personal Christmas Hero, that person that makes these festivities so special? Share with us and enter a chance to win the trip of a lifetime.To enter, share a photo that says thanks to your Christmas Hero on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ChristmasHeroes. The most original entry will win an amazing trip!Terms and ConditionsThe Organiser1. The organisers of this competition are Skyscanner, c/o Pinsent Masons LLP, 5 Old Bailey, EC4M 6BA.2. The competition starts on Monday 8 December 2014 and runs until 23:59 on Wednesday 24 December 2014.3. One winner will be selected based on Skyscanner’s choice of the best photo and accompanying caption. The winner will be notified by 14 January 2015 by social media.4. Entry is prohibited to directors, management and employees of Skyscanner and their immediate families.5. Skyscanner reserves the right to terminate or modify the competition at any time prior to the closing date by publishing any modifications on the Skyscanner website.6. This competition is in no way associated with, sponsored or endorsed by Instagram or Twitter.7. Skyscanner’s decision in regard to the winner and all other matters relating to the competition are final, and no discussions will be entered into.Entry Criteria1. Participants must be resident in Europe – United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland; Americas – United States of America; APAC – Singapore, South Korea, India or Australia and be aged 18 years or over as at 8 December 2014. Multiple entries are permitted.2. All entrants must follow @Skyscanner on Twitter or Instagram, depending on which platform they choose to submit their entry on. 3. You can enter the Competition by uploading a photo and using the hashtag #ChristmasHeroes The theme of the Competition is Christmas Heroes. To enter, participants would need to upload a picture of their Christmas hero story to thank individual(s) that make Christmas special to them. The most creative entry will win.4. By entering the competition, you consent to your name, entry and any other reasonable personal details supplied being used by Skyscanner for promotional/marketing purposes and the announcement of the winner of the competition. Skyscanner will also request the email address of the winner in order to arrange booking of the Prize, and this will be processed in accordance with Skyscanner’s Privacy Policy.5. By entering the competition, the winner accepts full and complete responsibility for their own safety and welfare at all times.6. By submitting your entry, you confirm that:a) Your entry is originally yours, does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party and conforms to the requirements of these terms and conditions.b) You have read, accepted and understood the Skyscanner Privacy Policy.Determination of the Winner1. Skyscanner reserves the right to reject comments that depart from the theme, are offensive, obscene, bring Skyscanner into disrepute or otherwise do not conform to the requirements of these terms and conditions at its discretion.2. In order to be valid, your entry must contain an original comment on the given theme, which conforms to the requirements set out in these terms and conditions. Using other people’s comments, or work is a copyright violation and will invalidate your entry.3. From the valid entries received, a Skyscanner jury will select the final winner based on an objective assessment of the following criteria: originality, creativity, coherence with the given theme and quality. The jury deciding on the winner will be a panel of Skyscanner employees.The Prize1. The prize consists of a global travel voucher worth of £1000 (or the equivalent value in the local currency), which can be spent on any travel product(s) found on the Skyscanner website: flight(s), hotel reservation(s) and/or car hire(s) (“Prize”). The winner will indicate what travel arrangements he/she wishes to book, not exceeding the total value of £1000 and the travel arrangements will be booked by Skyscanner in accordance with the winner’s reasonable request (subject to availability) and forwarded to the winner’s email address. When communicating travel request to Skyscanner, the winner undertakes to have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions and privacy policy of the relevant 3rd party travel provider, and consents to Skyscanner sharing information with the 3rd party travel provider to the extent necessary to book the Prize in accordance.2. The Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be given. Where the Prize is unavailable at the applicable value, an alternative of equal value will be provided. If the travel options selected by a winner are no longer available within the limit on the appropriate dates, an equivalent will be booked. Any extra activities and costs beyond the specified Prize will be the responsibility of the winner. The winner accepts full and complete responsibility for organising their travel requirements, including arranging their own visa and other travel requirements.3. Travel must be completed no later than December 2015.3. Car-hire will only be available to a winner over the age of 21 holding a valid driving licence.4. Skyscanner accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from accepting the Prize and recommends that all entrants obtain independent financial advice in this regard.5. The winner will be required to comply with Skyscanner’s anti-money laundering procedures. These will require the winner to provide Skyscanner with a copy of any one of the following forms of photographic identification: Passport or Driving License.6. If any act, omission, event or circumstance occurs which is beyond the reasonable control of Skyscanner which prevents it from complying with these terms and conditions, Skyscanner will not be liable for any failure to perform or delay in performing its obligations. Except in respect of liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or for any fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation or any other liability which cannot be excluded by law, will not be liable for any losses, damages, expenses, costs or claims arising out of or relating to this Competition or the use of the Prize, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty or otherwise.7. These Terms & Conditions are governed by the laws of England & Wales.Still lacking in Christmas cheer? Get merry with these fun festive features:13 ways to be a Christmas travel hero10 tips for stress-free Christmas travel10 best xmas presents to buy at the airport – and how to bag a bargain11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £60ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related13 ways to be a Christmas travel heroFind out how to be a travelling Christmas angel this festive season.10 best Christmas presents to buy at the airportPresent time: top tips on how to get your last-minute gifts between bag check and boarding.Christmas Jumper Day at SkyscannerChristmas Jumpers are a tradition that we honour every year and this one… well, everyone has been quite creative! Have a very Merry Christmas!last_img read more