US Airways announced today that its full array of “Web Fares” now is available for sale through Sabre travel agencies and all other Sabre-connected distribution channels, both online and offline. These special fares previously were available only online at usairways.com and through select other Web sites.
Under this agreement, customers now can purchase all fares previously sold through usairways.com from travel agencies that use the Sabre automation system. In addition, these fares will be available through US Airways reservations.
“As the Internet has evolved from a niche marketing tool to a mainline distribution channel, travel agencies and corporate travelers have become frustrated with the discrepancies among the various fares airlines offer online versus more traditional distribution methods,” said B. Ben Baldanza, US Airways senior vice president marketing and planning. “We are joining with Sabre to respond to these concerns by eliminating the barriers and making Web Fares available via all Sabre channels. This move will allow US Airways to better manage distribution costs over the term of the agreement. “
Sabre travel agents will not pay a fee for access to these fares or be required to use a specific online booking system. The fares simply will be made available automatically through standard Sabre systems.
Available fares will include US Airways’ popular E-Savers, which provide deeply discounted seats each week for weekend, and sometimes longer, getaway travel.
“US Airways has taken a major step to ensure full access to fares and we applaud their move to reduce confusion in the marketplace,” said Eric Speck, chief marketing officer, Sabre Holdings Corporation.
US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle provide service to 203 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S. The Caribbean destinations are: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and St. Croix. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida. In Canada, US Airways serves Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. US Airways’ European destinations are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Paris and Rome.