Worldspan Selects FareChase to Deliver Web Fares


Worldspan

today announced a
groundbreaking technology partnership with FareChase, Inc., a leading
provider of Web automation solutions for the travel industry, to provide
Worldspan travel agencies and Worldspan Trip Manager(R) customers unparalleled
access and full booking functionality for airline Web fares. 
Utilizing
FareChase Web Automation(TM) technology under a new licensing agreement,
Worldspan is making Web fares as easy to view and book as published and
negotiated fares, all in a single platform.
 
New FareChase technology will offer Worldspan users around the world
access to travel inventory from more than 150 travel Web sites, including
fares previously unavailable through global distribution systems.  Users can
compare and book Internet fares from major North American and European
carriers as well as leading international low-cost airlines.  Integration of
FareChase technology into the Worldspan system and Worldspan Trip Manager is
underway, with full deployment expected later this year.
 
In the months following initial implementation, responding to new airline
trends, Worldspan will also deploy FareChase User Recognition System (URS)
technology.  URS allows travel agents and corporate travel managers to
automate access to their accounts on airline Web sites.  With URS, Worldspan
users will be able to access Web-only fares while still taking advantage of
ARC reporting and commission payment offered through various airline sites.
 
In addition, Worldspan`s new Web fare solution allows users to integrate
itineraries booked through the system into their back-office system.
 
“With the new integrated Web fare solution announced today, Worldspan
travel agents and Trip Manager users can book with complete confidence,
knowing they found the best fare available, without spending extra time
searching the Internet.  Our corporate customers are able to select their
level of participation in this new functionality, from the total corporation
down to individual travelers, providing their employees with still greater
choice,” commented Mike Parks

, senior vice president and general manager -
Worldwide Travel Distribution for Worldspan.  “Our new partnership with
FareChase keeps Worldspan out in front in delivering Web automation and other
state-of-the-art technology our travel agency partners and corporate customers
need.”
  The ability to access and book airline Web fares directly through the
Worldspan system means more options for users and broader marketing reach for
air carriers.  JetBlue was among the first carriers to applaud the move.
 
“We welcome Worldspan`s use of FareChase technology to access fares from
JetBlue.com for its users,” said Tim Claydon, Vice President - Sales and
Distribution for JetBlue.  “This real-time search capability will enable
travel agents and corporate travel managers to book, track and report
JetBlue`s low fares, which were not previously available to Worldspan
customers.  This solution also allows JetBlue to accommodate the needs of the
agency and corporate markets without compromising our low cost model.”
 
“Worldspan has listened carefully to its customers and responded
impressively.  Fast, easy access to all key data, including Web fares, will
ensure that all Worldspan users can find the fares they need while reducing
confusion from use of multiple databases and platforms,” said Krista Pappas,
Senior Vice President for FareChase.  “Implementing FareChase`s latest
software allows for the fastest, most comprehensive instant delivery of global
fares with a seamless user experience and full reporting capabilities.”

 

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