Qantas says it’s giving Travel Advisors access to more fares, products & information than ever before with the launch of a new distribution model called the ‘Qantas Channel’.
Unveiled this morning and officially launching on 1 August 2019, the new Channel is described by the carrier as a “modern” tool designed specifically to give Travel Advisors increased access.
Well, consultants who sign up to the Qantas Channel will be able to offer their customers a wider range of fares and new content sourced from the NDC-enabled Qantas Distribution Platform which launched in 2018 and is not currently available via traditional indirect booking systems.
The agreement will be available to Travel Advisors worldwide, thanks to partnerships with Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport. Qantas is also working with regional GDS partners to deliver the channel.
A number of agency groups have already signed up to Qantas Channel including Flight Centre, Helloworld, Corporate Travel Management, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, ATPI Voyager, CT Connections, Expedia Group, Egencia, Webjet, Consolidated Travel Group, Virtuoso and Express Travel Group.
It’s a Channel party!
Agencies that choose not to register for the Channel may incur a channel fee and they will not have access to the wide range of traditional fares made available via indirect channels or new content via the Qantas Distribution Platform from 1 August 2019.
The airline’s Chief Customer Officer Vanessa Hudson said the Qantas Channel will empower trade partners to access Qantas’ most compelling products, and deliver enriched, personalised experiences to customers.
“We know our customers expect an increasingly personalised, flexible and seamless experience no matter how or where they make their booking, whether it’s directly with us or indirectly through a corporate travel manager, online agent, or their local travel agent.”
Vanessa Hudson, Qantas Chief Customer Officer
“The digital environment has changed the way we need to work with our trade partners, and our new technology paired with this new agreement will support us on the journey to delivering our vision for our mutual customers.
“This is also great news for our Frequent Flyers who will receive greater reward and recognition, and can look forward to more ways to earn and use points when booking through travel agents in the future.”
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