Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Now Expedia also no longer selling American

Happy New Year everyone. After a long break, your public servant who thinks you need to know more about the travel business is back to doing occasional work on this site. We figured you knew enough about the winter storm causing travel headaches last week that we didn't need to read more about it here -- you either were in it or you stayed inside, warm and dry.

Now Expedia also no longer selling American

Happy New Year everyone. After a long break, your public servant who thinks you need to know more about the travel business is back to doing occasional work on this site. We figured you knew enough about the winter storm causing travel headaches last week that we didn't need to read more about it here -- you either were in it or you stayed inside, warm and dry.

The big news today is the growing dispute between some major airlines and online travel agencies. Last week it was Orbitz, and now it's Expedia that is no longer selling American Airlines tickets.  More detail is inanother version of the story, found here.

This fight is an important one for consumers who like to shop and compare prices on multi-airline Web sites and not just on an individual carrier's site. Some airlines would like to undermine the traditional business model, in which the carriers pay big computer services, called global distribution systems. to sell tickets through  both online and traditional brick-and-mortar travel agencies. The airlines' goal is to drive as much traffic as it can to their own sites, where you may -- or may not, you'll never know -- pay the lowest fare.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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