Travelport unveils pre-paid extra bags feature for ANZ flights

A pre-paid extra bags feature is being introduced by Travelport for Air New Zealand flights.

Agents in the UK, Ireland. New Zealand and Australia will be able to book extra bags using industry standard electronic miscellaneous document (EMD).

With the new functionality, agents in the specified regions will be able to pre-book extra baggage services for their customers on Air New Zealand operated flights.

The extra baggage can be purchased at the time of booking, or up to three hours prior to departure for international journeys and up to 30 minutes prior for domestic New Zealand flights.

Travellers will be able to make cost savings by pre-booking extra bags.

Air New Zealand’s Prepaid extra bags feature was introduced last month to agents using Galileo in New Zealand and Australia. It is available on both Galileo and Worldspan in the UK and Ireland.

Asia Pacific distribution sales and services vice president Damian Hickey said: “For Travelport, enabling the distribution of an airline’s complete product set is a key part of our business, and this new capability is a win for all parts of the distribution chain and should lead to Air New Zealand being able to grow their ancillary revenues via the travel agency channel.

“Additionally, travel agents will be able to expand their service offering, while travellers will save on last minute costs of having extra baggage at the check-in counters.”

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