is the first independent travel
agency in the New England area to join the American Airlines
program, which provides Travel One access to American`s popular “Web fares”
via its Global Distribution System (GDS).
“American`s EveryFare program will enable Travel One to access many more
Web fares for our clients and still give them the peace of mind of having a
full-service agency backing up their reservation,” said Kurt Galatas, Owner-
Travel One. “This program keeps us on the cutting edge of travel technology.”
“At the same time Travel One enjoys a competitive advantage by offering
its clients the full range of American`s public fares, it also will help us
reduce American`s overall distribution costs,” said Craig Kreeger, American`s
Vice President-Sales. “Travel One is a great new member of the EveryFare
program, and we welcome them.”
American announced the innovative EveryFare program in September 2002 and
is making its popular Web fares available for sale by any traditional “bricks
and mortar” U.S. or Canadian travel agency that signs up for the EveryFare
program. As a result, EveryFare participants become long-term, lower-cost
distribution channels for American.
The innovative EveryFare program provides Web fares in exchange for
effectively shifting the responsibility for the cost of GDS booking fees from
American to the travel agency. American initially gives travel agencies an
allowance credit of approximately US$4 per flight coupon. Travel agents then
pay to American an amount equal to their own GDS fees, based upon their own
choice of GDS services and products.
The allowance paid agencies gradually declines during the term of the
contract to allow EveryFare program participants time to seek lower GDS fees.
The result will be lower distribution costs for American on all fares
distributed via participating EveryFare agencies.
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