BCD Travel has signed an agreement with Qantas Airways to participate in the Qantas Channel. The Qantas Channel provides participating travel agents with access to a wider range of fares and content sourced from the Qantas Distribution Platform. The agreement applies to all individual global distribution system bookings, and BCD now is finalizing required agreements with individual GDSs. One of the benefits of participating in the Qantas Channel is that it will let BCD clients book reservations on Qantas without paying the airline’s new channel booking fee. Set to go into effect on Aug. 1, the fee is being imposed on all bookings made outside the Qantas Channel.
Qantas will use the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) new distribution capability (NDC) to connect to GDSs and online booking tools. Under a multi-year deal, BCD will work with Qantas and participating GDSs to leverage platform to improve the travel experience for mutual clients and travelers.
“We’re committed to ensuring that companies retain the ability to shop from among multiple competing offers between like city pairs—and can capture essential data needed to keep travelers safe on the road,” said Rose Stratford, Executive Vice President of Global Supplier Relations and Strategic Sourcing.
BCD previously struck channel booking deals with Air France/KLM and British Airways/Iberia. BCD also has signed NDC agreements with Lufthansa Group, the Amadeus NDC-X program, Sabre Beyond NDC and Travelport’s NDC program.