Galileo International is signing an agreement with Accor Hotels to add over 2,000 properties to Galileo’s Best Available Rate (BAR) program, which increases the BAR inventory to almost 30,000 properties. Galileo claims to be the first and only GDS to sign contractual agreements with major hotel chains to provide travel agents with access to the best available published, non-restricted rates offered either online or over the phone via the hotel chain’s reservation line.
“With Galileo Best Available Rate, we have addressed one of the major pain points for agents - the inconsistency of hotel rates across distribution channels,” said Eileen Kennedy, vice president, marketing, the Americas, Galileo.
Galileo BAR aims to give Galileo-connected agents confidence that they no longer need to shop outside the GDS for the best rates at participating hotel properties.
Properties participating in BAR are now identified with an exclamation mark in the display screen. This new BAR indicator makes it easy for agents to identify a BAR hotel, ensuring that they are booking at the best available non-restricted rate.