In an industry first, global technology provider Sabre Corporation has begun offering automated round the world (RTW) and circle trip (CT) airfares; fares that start and end in the same location but include multiple stop-overs.
The new service was created in collaboration with SkyTeam and Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) in order to reduce administrative costs associated with managing RTW products.
Sabre Pacific managing director Jeremy van de Klundert said booking RTW itineraries has always been a complicated process and something the company has been working to solve.
“Using our latest technology and working alongside ATPCO and SkyTeam, Sabre has established a new industry standard for purchasing RTW itineraries that makes it easier and more efficient for everyone involved,” Mr van der Klundert said.
“SkyTeam is a great first alliance to have on board and we fully expect this new standard to drive more RTW fares for carriers.”
In the past, travel agents were required to manually calculate each segment of a traveller’s journey when booking multi-destination RTW trips.
However, with the new Sabre technology this process is fully automated to make booking more time efficient and to reduce Agency Debit Memo costs for travel agents.
SkyTeam vice president sales and marketing Mauro Oretti said this change has been necessary for some time.
“We are proud to be the first alliance to automate these types of fares for agents using the Sabre GDS,” Mr Oretti said.
“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.”
The Sabre technology is available immediately for SkyTeam’s Go Round the World and Go Round Asia and Southwest Pacific fares.