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Delta Infuriates Travelers by Witholding Data from Booking Sites, but Sites Band Together to Fight Back

This photo taken Jan. 20, 2011, shows a Delta Airlines Boeing 757 taking off  in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
This photo taken Jan. 20, 2011, shows a Delta Airlines Boeing 757 taking off in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

 

(Road Warrior Voices) – As travel websites offering cheap deals on airline tickets proliferate on the Internet, airlines are looking for more ways to lessen the sites’ impact. For Delta Airlines, the answer is completely withdrawing its data about flights, tickets and pricing from several third-party booking sites.

By forcing more customers to look for tickets on its own website, where they often spend more money, Delta boosts its profits and saves on booking fees to the agents. Furthermore, without comparison prices alongside, customers won’t know whether they are getting ripped off. Nowonline agencies are beginning to fight back against what they see is an unfair practice by Delta and other airlines. In a report by Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), several travel websites — including TripAdvisor, CheapOair, and Hipmunk — have banded together to voice their complaints against the policy, and Travel Tech has sent a copy to the Department of Transportation for review.

Destinations, also unhappy with Delta’s decision, are rooting for the websites, as they represent a big source of revenue for them.

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