has upgraded its Sabre Snap! Negotiated Pricing tool to allow travel agencies to electronically mark-up and redistribute net fares for display, pricing and ticketing in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS), rather than relying on traditional paper-based procedures.
This new facility will give agents the ability to mark-up fares by a flat amount or a percentage, or to set a flat selling amount - depending on what preferences the airline concerned has set - and then redistribute the marked-up fares to branches or downline agencies.
The flexible interface gives agencies the ability to set different selling prices in different markets, or mark-up a whole region or country at a time. Marked-up net fares will be immediately available in the Sabre system for rules validation, auto-pricing, and auto-ticketing, saving manual-ticketing time and boosting travel consultant productivity.
The marked-up fares will be priced via Sabre Snap! Negotiated Pricing and are validated against airline ticketing instructions, including international BSP ticketing standards. Sabre-connected agents can now request that their airline partners file their agency-specific negotiated net fares through Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), using the new category 35 (Net Fare Restrictions).
Dan Van Winkle, director of marketing for Sabre in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “This enhancement will allow our airline and travel agency customers to move information rapidly. Our Sabre-connected travel consultants will be able to quickly adjust fare amounts with an easy-to-use, +Web-enabled interface.”
“As a Sabre customer for several years, we are confident that this enhancement will enable us to more effectively manage the increasing complexity of our negotiated fares,” said Ian Beckwith, general manager for Corporate Travel International.
Sabre has a dedicated office serving the British and Irish markets. Sabre personnel, based in the company’s UK headquarters in London, identify the needs of the local market and develop new and existing tools to help local agencies and associates better serve their clients.