Delta, Sabre deal: GDS is paid on booking’s value, not flat fee

revamped distribution agreement between Delta and Sabre that takes effect July 1 has the potential to disrupt the standard commercial payment model between airlines, GDSs and travel advisors.

Under the arrangement, Delta will jettison the flat segment fees that are standard within the airline-GDS commercial model and will instead scale the amount it pays Sabre for a booking based upon the value of that booking.

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