oneworld seeks to simplify selling alliance fares
Buying and selling of alliance multi-airline, multi-sector fares offered by oneworld has been made significantly simpler with the launch of automated pricing for its round-the-world and multi-continent tickets.
Until today, pricing of oneworld Explorer, its flagship round-the-world fare based on the numbers of continents visited, along with Global Explorer, its distance-based RTW product, and its Circle fares for travel through several continents without circumnavigating the globe had to be calculated manually, with travel agents being responsible for establishing the price for the customer’s journey, including all local taxes and other charges.
Now, travel agents the world over connected to the Sabre Global Distribution System and its Abacus and INFINI associated systems can book and automatically calculate the fare for these tickets, complete with taxes and other charges – providing an instant price for the entire journey, with that final total covered by the GDS fare guarantee policy.
Travel agents will also benefit from reduced Agency Debit Memo costs, enabling them to sell these fares with even greater confidence.
It will also remove the need for updating and managing their own libraries of oneworld’s fare products terms and conditions.
oneworld intends to extend this capability across other leading GDSs soon.
Fares enable customers to travel on any of the alliance’s 14 member airlines and 30 affiliated carriers, across a global network serving more than 1,000 destinations in 150 countries.
oneworld offers a wider range of these alliance fares than any of its competitors, offering great value and flexibility for multi-sector journeys.
oneworld director of sales José María Alvarado said: “oneworld offers a wider range of multi-sector, multi-airline fares than any other global alliance.
“They are designed to make travelling across a complex itinerary as simple as possible, at greater value.
“Making them easier to buy and sell, through the new technology now in place, will make them even more attractive.
“Travel agents will now be able to sell these fares with greater confidence using their GDS technology to reduce pricing errors significantly.”