Travelbiz E-Zine
22
January
2024

British Airways / Iberia & Joint Business Updates

January Sales Recap

Short Haul Flash Sale

Alongside our current January Sale, we have also launched a short haul flash sale from the UK POS offering flights from Heathrow from £39 each way, based on a return fare for select travel periods.

Bookings must be made between 19th Jan and 22nd January 2024.

BA The Original Sale

A reminder that our British Airways Sale is still on. Customers can enjoy great discounts on a range of flights across the globe in our World Traveller (Economy), Club World (Business) and Club Europe (Business) cabins from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, for selected travel periods. Book by 30th January.

EU POS January Sale

Started 20th January, customers can enjoy discounts up to €200 on flights from Europe to North America and Mexico in our business class cabins, and up to €70 in our premium economy cabins.

Customers can enjoy exclusive discounts on flights from France, Germany and Italy to London in our Club Europe cabin for selected travel periods.

Flights must be booked before 31st January.

US POS AJB Sale

Explore the UK and Europe for less, now’s your chance. British Airways have launched a US POS Atlantic Joint Business Sale, offering great fares in Club World and World Traveller. Sales fares from the US (all 26 gateways) are available to the UK and cities like Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Rome and Milan.

Book your seats before 30th January.

New Year New Menu

British Airways is starting the New Year with fresh, new menus flying from London Heathrow from January. Customers can enjoy a variety of delicious menus across all long-haul cabins. There will also be a new Destination wine for Quarter 1 2024 – Rioja (Spain) and we are also refreshing our complimentary snacks gradually across all Short Haul flights.

Click Here for British Airways Update

NDC News

British Airways & Travelport Expansion

We have been working closely with Travelport to expand and distribute British Airways NDC content to our mutual customers and, as of January 16th, Travelport+ is now available in all 104 global markets.

Travelport now offers the ability to book seats within the booking flow and after booking creation. Further ancillaries including bags, meals and special assistance are planned for Q1 2024 delivery.

This announcement means that travel agencies in all 104 NDC markets will be able to access British Airways’ NDC content through Travelport + without paying the DTC which applies to GDS Edifact bookings, while the Connection Recovery will be at a reduced fee and will apply to NDC bookings via specific Service & Technology Partners (Travelport+) where British Airways incurs a cost.

https://ndc.ba.com/news/2024/Travelport%20Platform

Sabre & BA NDC

British Airways NDC has been working closely with Sabre to expand and distribute British Airways NDC content to our mutual customers.

As British Airways and Sabre begin this journey, we will be keeping you, our Global Sales Colleagues, and our Sabre-connected agencies informed with our progress and will be sharing more news with you for communication with our partners.

https://ndc.ba.com/news/2024/Sabre%20NDC%20Agreement%20Reached

Joint Business Partners

Iberia Sale Ends 22nd January

A reminder that the Iberia Sale is still on but will end on Monday 22nd January. Iberia have some great discounts on a range of flights across their Network.

Fast Track Temporary Move in Madrid T4

From 16th January, access to the Fast Track at Terminal 4 at Adolfo Suárez airport in Madrid will be closed due to expansion and improvement works.

This service will be temporarily moved to the current Puente Aéreo area, which will be used exclusively by Fast Track and Puente Aéreo customers.

Iberia are informing Business and Top Tier customers with Fast Track access, and an information totem has been placed in the Business check-in area to specifically explain the new location of the service.

Iberia Distribution Update

Iberia has been at the forefront of digital transformation and is committed to deliver customer benefits through more personalized and flexible content to meet customer and partner needs.

Starting 05th March 2024, In Point of Commencement Spain Iberia (group IB fares including Level) basic fares will be distributed to travel agencies only via NDC channel.

Iberia encourage partners to connect to Iberia’s NDC API either directly or through NDC technology partners of choice to access their best offers.

IAG Portal Updates

The IAG Leisure Portal keeps improving and adding more functionality, allowing agencies to benefit from all the advantages that Iberia’s NDC content offers. New ancillaries include; special equipment such as golf and ski baggage, more baggage options and priority boarding

Baggage Check in to Dakar

Due to the high demand for checked baggage on Iberia’s Madrid – Dakar route, and the problems that have recently arisen as a result of excessive demand, and in order to guarantee the proper transport of our customers’ checked baggage, Iberia have introduced a limitation on baggage allowance on routes that include a Madrid-Dakar or Dakar-Madrid segment. This measure is aimed at optimising the service and the space available in the hold.

Click Here for Iberia Updates

EMEA – Europe Summer Schedule

American Airlines have updated their European schedule for Summer 2024. It includes 12 different destinations including Ireland, Portugal and Spain, and will offer over 200 flights per week to the UK from 10 US destinations.

AA Aadvantage Program Updates

Earn more in 2024 with the AAdvantage program. Exclusive benefits, new rewards, and additional enhancements coming to our travel rewards program this year. Learn about all the exciting new travel rewards below, and remember, travel really is better as an AAdvantage member.

Click Here for American Airlines

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