Galileo has announced that Delta Air Lines has joined the Company’s Preferred Fares Select program, providing Galileo-connected travel agencies and their customers with access to all published fares.
This includes all published fares Delta sells through any other GDS, third-party Web sites or their own Web site and reservation offices. United, Northwest, Continental and US Airways currently participate in the program, which locks in Galileo’s GDS rates for three years on all US-originated bookings. Airline participation in Preferred Fares Select now represents more than 60 % of Galileo’s U.S. bookings. The company expects to continue adding additional carriers to the program.
“Preferred Fares Select enables Delta to broaden distribution of our published fares through Galileo, providing greater choice and convenience to our customers,” said Lee Macenczak, Delta’s senior vice president, Sales and Distribution. “This also helps us meet another key business objective to distribute Delta fares at lower costs.”
“This is a win, win scenario for the airlines and our affiliated travel agents,” said Mitch Gross, executive vice president and managing director of Galileo Americas Client Services. “The first win-the airlines broaden their distribution and reduce distribution costs. The second win-Delta’s participation in Preferred Fares Select also reinforces the value of the agency channel and provides Galileo-connected agencies with broad access to all published Delta fares and Web fares, enabling them to better serve their customers.”
Galileo introduced its Preferred Fares Select program in July to combine the strengths of its previous Preferred Fares and Momentum programs. The expanded content will be automatically available to all Galileo U.S. point-of-sale travel agencies and other subscribers, such as corporations utilizing Galileo or its affiliate, Travelport.