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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2017, 07:24:48 PM »
Yes. Plenty
To list a couple:
Net fares (discounted rates that aren't always available online)
Complicating multi-city tickets that often OTA's are very bad at piecing together
interesting...like whats a example...if im seeing nyc to tlv at 1k flat, you would get it at 900?


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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2017, 07:25:23 PM »
Yes - Book / Hold etc
What happens if you hold alot or book and then backtrack

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2017, 07:42:04 PM »
interesting...like whats a example...if im seeing nyc to tlv at 1k flat, you would get it at 900?
Sometimes. But try searching a o/w NYC - TLV nonstop and you'll probably get $1700+, and a TA can often get it for less than half of that without any false return shtick or miles....

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2017, 09:02:07 PM »
Sometimes. But try searching a o/w NYC - TLV nonstop and you'll probably get $1700+, and a TA can often get it for less than half of that without any false return shtick or miles....

Only on UA or LY and DL as well?

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2017, 09:08:13 PM »
Only on UA or LY and DL as well?
All three (as well as many with stops too)

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2017, 10:07:41 PM »
All three (as well as many with stops too)
Interesting.

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2017, 10:15:26 PM »
@mrprez27 & @shapsam questions remind me of this


Actually, I'll tell you what it actually sounds like. It sounds like OP just found out that the way that travel agents have access to availability that is not open to the general public is by using a GDS. Then somebody sent him a link to the Amadeus training book (which can be found by google search.) https://www.google.com/#q=amadeus+gds+manual

This made OP think, "Hmmm, I wonder if this could be exploited somehow? I know, the guys at DDF probably know." So instead of just posting, "Guys, can Amadeus be exploited by a non-TA?" he was more subtle and just said, "Let's talk about how travel agents book tickets..." He then threw in some info (sort of) -- "as of my knowledge, travel agents book tickets through a booking program called "Amadeus" -- thereby presenting himself as someone who was bringing info to the table and not merely grasping at straws and fishing for others to cough up all the info. Oh, and then he threw in some proof of his insider knowledge -- "I have got a link to a training booklet of the program" -- which echoes his opening words of "let's talk about...." which makes it sound as if a conversation were to actually start, OP would be able to contribute to it further.

Just my take.  :P

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #37 on: November 27, 2017, 11:12:03 PM »
@mrprez27 & @shapsam questions remind me of this

wow! that's a pretty large leap and a light accusation. lol!

Though an easy quick google search would give anyone the answer that IATA number, contracts with airlines and an ARC number is needed.

I was just curious if there are any benefits to start using a travel agent or keep booking my fares through matrix/google flights and how airlines allow them special privileges they don't allow consumers now adays.

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Re: Re: GDS Users AMADEUS, SABRE, GALILEO, WORLDSPAN
« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2017, 11:32:24 PM »
wow! that's a pretty large leap and a light accusation. lol!

Though an easy quick google search would give anyone the answer that IATA number, contracts with airlines and an ARC number is needed.

I was just curious if there are any benefits to start using a travel agent or keep booking my fares through matrix/google flights and how airlines allow them special privileges they don't allow consumers now adays.

See here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=82936.0

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Re: how to open a travel agency
« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2017, 04:49:37 PM »
Just saw I an article that most 35 % of people are still using TA.
Pretty good numbers for a "dying industry"

Link to article:
https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnnyjet/2017/11/06/do-people-still-use-a-travel-agency/&refURL=&referrer=#f08da8c55e6a

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Re: how to open a travel agency
« Reply #40 on: December 03, 2017, 04:54:46 PM »
Just saw I an article that most 35 % of people are still using TA.
Pretty good numbers for a "dying industry"

Link to article:
https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnnyjet/2017/11/06/do-people-still-use-a-travel-agency/&refURL=&referrer=#f08da8c55e6a
Very different markets

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Re: how to open a travel agency
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Re: how to open a travel agency
« Reply #42 on: May 18, 2019, 03:01:41 PM »