Published on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Expedia and American patch things up

American Airlines and Expedia have made up after a row over online distribution.

The airline's fares and schedules are now available on the website and its affiliate Hotwire.

Expedia had stopped selling AA flights at the start of this year when the two companies fell out over AA’s plans to push sales through its own website, rather than through the GDS.

The move angered the travel trade, who accused the airline of being anti-competitive.

A statement from the airline said Expedia plans to access American's fares, schedules, and customised travel products and services "via American's direct connect link by using aggregation technology provided by a GDS".

By Bev Fearis

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Undercutting is not for the long-term. Demise of volume players.

The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.