Wed, Mar 12, 2003
Airfares Aren't Public, Says American
FareChase, a New York software company that keeps track of
fares and reposts them for travel agents' use, won't be able
to repost American's fares, as a court injunction now prohibits the
company from doing so.
American got 67th State District Judge Don Cosby to issue a
temporary injunction prohibiting such dissemination until the case
comes up at trial, set for July 7.
In case American doesn't prevail, the judge also required
American to post a $350,000 bond.
American says it can be hurt by FareChase's reposting its
fares, as some 2/3 of AA's tickets are still sold through travel
agents, which costs AMRcorp about $400,000 in fees. Fares booked
directly through the internet at aa.com, cost the fliers the same;
but American doesn't pay the commissions.
When FareChase puts American's fares up on the Sabre system for
travel agents to see and use, the airline argued, it's promoting
the agents, and thus costing the airline money.
FareChase argued that, once the fares are posted at American's
site, they're hardly proprietary any more...
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