Orbitz deal sees American fares return to the OTA

By Travolution
By Travolution
September 1, 2014 07:43 AM GMT

American Airlines has resumed the sale of tickets via Orbitz Worldwide websites following the end of a row over fees.

The carrier withdrew its fares from Orbitz earlier last week and had threated to pull fares from US Airways from today (Monday).

But the dispute was swiftly resolved to allow flight bookings to resume via the OTA’s website by Friday.

Orbitz president Sam Fulton said: “We are pleased that our long-standing relationship with American Airlines allowed us to quickly resolve business matters and that we continue to offer a broad range of options, including American Airlines and US Airways flights, to the millions of shoppers who book travel on our global sites each day.”

American said:  “American Airlines Group announced that American Airlines fares will return to Orbitz on Friday after the companies earlier today entered into a letter of intent.

“American Airlines Group also no longer plans to remove US Airways fares from Orbitz on September 1 as previously announced.

“The companies are working toward final agreements based on the letter of intent.

“All tickets previously purchased through Orbitz and other Orbitz-powered websites remain valid for travel. Customers who want to change reservations bought through Orbitz should call Orbitz to make those changes.”

American previously pulled its fares off the online site in December 2010 in a dispute over Orbitz receiving flight information direct from the airline rather than via global distribution systems.

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