Multi-Year Partnership Agreement For Booking Travel On The Fare
A multi-year strategic partnership agreement between US Airways
and Expedia was signed Friday which will mean the continuation of
US Airways' full range of products and services, including all
fares and inventory, being offered through Expedia, Hotwire, and
Egencia sites around the world.
Under the agreement, US Airways has committed to offer all of
its content to Expedia through the global distribution system (GDS)
model, a central reservation system which is used by travel
agencies to search and book travel. In addition, Expedia has
committed to working with US Airways to enable the distribution of
its Choice Seats product (offering customers the benefit of
purchasing window or aisle seats toward the front of Coach class)
through new channels, including the Expedia online travel
US Airways' Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning Andrew
Nocella said, "We are committed to making it as easy as possible
for our customers to purchase tickets from US Airways through as
many sources as possible. More and more people want to book their
own travel and they want to do it online. Expedia is the world's
largest online travel company and we're pleased that they will
continue to be one of our key points of distribution."
US Airways, Expedia and the companies' many loyal customers
will benefit from the new agreement, which gives US Airways
continued access to Expedia's marketplace, online travel expertise,
broad reach and targeted merchandising opportunities. Additionally,
Expedia's travelers will gain greater access to all fares across US
Airways' extensive network of domestic and international flights.
US Airways' more than 3,200 flight options per day, and Expedia's
leading hotel and car rental offerings will allow consumers to find
the most comprehensive travel options at the most competitive
prices available, all in one place.
Expedia's Co-President, Partner Services Group Dhiren Fonseca
said, "Expedia and US Airways share a commitment to providing
travelers with affordable travel options around the world, without
sacrificing the high level of service they have come to expect from
our companies. They are one of the brands our customers come to
look for and we're thrilled to extend our partnership."
Expedia's Co-President, Partner Services Group Gary Fritz added,
"This agreement demonstrates the significance of Expedia's
marketplace for both our valued partners and our loyal customers.
Expedia is committed to working collaboratively with our partners
to offer customers the broadest range of opportunities at the
guaranteed best prices."