EasyJet is enhancing its appeal to the trade by making advanced seat selection available to book by agents via Sabre.
The agreement with the GDS means agents no longer have to visit the budget carrier’s website to select a seat after the fare has been bought in Sabre.
Agents can now also shop and book easyJet fares when performing low-fare searches for the cheapest possible itineraries.
Sabre’s low-fare search allows agents to find the lowest fares across a broad range of dates, giving travellers more options and choices. They will also be able to shop fares and bags together in a single request.
Sabre Europe, Middle East and Africa senior vice president Harald Eisenaecher said: “These latest enhancements are great news for agencies connected to the Sabre travel marketplace. Online and traditional agencies, and the corporations and travellers they serve, will reap the benefits of being able to shop easyJet’s fares and bags in one request.
“The ability to shop, book and pay for seats at the point of sale is also a huge step forward. It will save agents time, make agencies more efficient, and mean travellers receive even better levels of service.
“We recognise how important the agency channel is for easyJet, and by providing these new options in our marketplace we remain focused on helping it reach its targets.”
EasyJet sales distribution and business director Andrew Hodges said: “Over the last few years one of easyJet’s primary goals has been to grow its share of the managed corporate travel sector.
“By developing our relationship with Sabre we are taking another important step towards fulfilling that ambition.
“EasyJet’s core objective is to make travel easy and affordable for all travellers, and we know that corporations and travel management companies will derive excellent value by being able to book our fares and ancillaries through Sabre’s travel marketplace.”
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