Sabre’s TripTailor gains momentum

Sabre Travel
Network’s TripTailor(TM) Vacations has gained momentum with
agents in 2007, with a 65 percent growth in total number of trips in
October and November 2007 over the same months in 2006. This growth is
attributed to providing agents an easy way to create packages “on the
fly,” adding even more destinations and suppliers participating in the
program - all of which contribute to better travel experiences.

  The number of unique destination cities booked in TripTailor
Vacations grew an average of 16 percent year over year. In addition,
WestJet Airlines, Canada’s leading low cost carrier with service to
more than 35 destinations across North America, is the latest carrier
to be added to TripTailor Vacations extensive list of airline

  Within the past year 4,200 Sabre and non-Sabre agents have taken
advantage of TripTailor Vacations tremendous breadth of travel
options, its competitive pricing and dynamic-packaging capabilities.
To date, agents selling TripTailor Vacations have sent more than
40,000 customers on individualized packaged vacations, and they’ve
earned more than $2 million in commissions, service fees and bonus
commissions. Agents can book fully customized vacations including
flights to more than 1,500 destinations months in advance, or just
prior to departure for long or short, domestic or international.
Agents access TripTailor Vacations directly through or
through the MySabre agent booking portal.

  To recognize agents that are leveraging the benefits of TripTailor
Vacations for their clients, TripTailor Vacations in conjunction with
the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently awarded
several agents with complimentary travel packages to Las Vegas in its
recent “Hit the Jackpot—Las Vegas” promotion. One of the travel
agent winners, Nathalie Doucet of Voyages Gaby, cited the ease of use
for creating and booking travel packages: “TripTailor (Vacations)
helps my agency save time and money because everything for air, hotel,
car and transfers are in one place and it takes me less time to book
travel packages.”

  “TripTailor Vacations continues to provide agents with travel
options from name-brand suppliers helping them boost productivity and
enriching travel experiences for their clients,” said Dan Westbrook,
vice president of Travel Merchandising and Innovation. “Our goal is to
give agents tools to capitalize on the travel aspirations of all their
leisure travel customers, providing them with safe, easy and
unforgettable travel excursions.”


  For example, with TripTailor Vacations, Sabre Connected(SM) agents
have access to 99 travel extras in Las Vegas, including show tickets,
shopping excursions, ground transportation, golf, spas and dining,
even stops at a wedding chapel.

  “With so many extras, there are lots of opportunities available
for us to complete our client’s vacation with other experiences making
TripTailor (Vacations) the perfect one-stop booking source for travel
to Las Vegas,” said Bethany Benes of Ada Travel Services.