United Airlines and the Expedia Group announced Monday they had reached a new multi-year agreement for the carrier to sell its tickets through the online distribution platform.
In a statement, Expedia officials said the deal expands the leisure distribution relationship between both companies and benefits travelers around the world. It also grows United’s alignment with Expedia Partner Solutions.
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As part of the agreement, United will work closely with Expedia Group’s corporate travel business, Egencia. Both companies have also teased more announcements related to their expanded relationship in the near future.
The deal between United and Expedia airlines/united-airlines-set-to-break-off-relationship-with-expedia.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>staves off a disruption in the airline’s ticket being available through the website, which United chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella said was a possibility during a conference call in April.
United officials revealed it was operating under the assumption it would no longer be working with Expedia in October, but the two companies announced last week a new deal was in the works.
The expanded Expedia partnership was good news for United, which took a hit Monday as analysts showed fears that the increase in oil and gasoline prices will “hurt sales and squeeze profits” for companies saddled with high fuel costs, such as airlines and cruise lines.
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American Airlines Increasing Domestic Service for the Summer
Like the rest of the United States, American Airlines is ready for the summer.
As the demand for air travel slowly rises, American is bringing back suspended routes, offering double AAdvantage miles, reopening Admirals Club lounges and offering enhanced cleaning protocols.
American is planning to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July as compared to the same period last year, totaling around 40 percent of the airline’s systemwide capacity compared to July 2019.
Demand has started to rebound, as the carrier reported it flew a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day in May, which is an increase of 71 percent over the approximately 32,000 passengers it transported daily in April.
“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”
Starting on June 22, American will begin reopening Admirals Club lounges around the country with pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar for customers to enjoy complimentary beverages.
As for the airline’s commitment to health and safety guidelines, American will utilize enhanced cleaning measures, enforce social distancing protocols and provide limited food and beverage offerings.
The carrier is also allowing customers to book with confidence, as American announced it would waive change fees for customers purchasing tickets by June 30. Travelers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this offer, but must pay any fare difference.
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