New Sabre technology is automating the process for agents booking round the world air fares, by providing a complete fare price for the entire journey.
When booking multi-destination round the world itineraries, agents previously had to manually add up the price of each segment of the trip.
Agencies will also benefit from reduced Agency Debit Memo costs (ADMs), sent by airlines when there is a discrepancy between the fare offered and the airline’s published price.
The new capability is available for the Delta led SkyTeam alliances’ Go Round the World and Go Round Asia & Southwest Pacific fares.
Sabre’s senior vice president EMEA, Harald Eisenaecher, said: “Booking RTW tickets has been a pain-point for airlines and agencies for some time, and a challenge we have been eager to help solve,” he said.
“Using our latest technology and working alongside Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) and SkyTeam, Sabre has established a new industry standard for purchasing RTW itineraries that makes it easier and more efficient for everyone involved.
“SkyTeam is a great first alliance to have on board and we fully expect this new standard to drive more RTW fares for carriers.”
Mauro Oretti, sales and marketing vice president of SkyTeam, said: “Building an industry-approved, standardised framework for automated RTW fares has been much needed for some time, and that is why we are delighted to be working with Sabre to make this a reality.
“We are proud to be the first alliance to automate these types of fares for agents using the Sabre GDS. We know that our partners in the travel agent community appreciate automated faring, especially on tickets such as these, which is why we are pleased to make this a reality.”