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  • smarterthanyouall smarterthanyouall Dec 8, 2003 10:24 PM Flag

    News to move the stock higher tomorrow

    Trust me on this. Stock to move higher on this, ironic isn't it?

    US Airways Tickets No Longer Available at expedia.com
    Monday December 8, 8:00 pm ET

    ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways announced that, effective immediately, US Airways reservations and tickets are no longer available through the online travel site expedia.com.

    US Airways made this difficult but necessary decision after Expedia, with no advance notification, raised the booking fee that it charges customers to purchase US Airways tickets from $5 to $8.99. The Expedia booking fee for other airlines remains at $5.

    "We are disappointed that Expedia made a unilateral decision that has forced our customers to pay a higher fee to purchase US Airways tickets," said US Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing and Planning B. Ben Baldanza. "Despite Expedia being the world's largest online travel distributor, it is also our most expensive online distribution channel, so it is not surprising that other airlines have decided not to sell through Expedia. The combination of higher fees to consumers, higher costs for us, and a discriminatory booking fee that applies only to our customers led to this regrettable decision."

    Baldanza added that Expedia's booking fees have gone up by approximately 80 percent and that doing business with Expedia at these disproportionate rates is out of the question. "These tactics are designed to get us to pay higher booking fees, unfortunately at the expense of our customers," said Baldanza. "The rate that Expedia wants to charge for US Airways bookings is higher than that of any other carrier and it does not cost Expedia any more to process a US Airways ticket. We cannot allow them to differentiate, and we won't."

    "What Expedia is doing underscores the enormous harm that display bias presents to consumers and travel providers. By taking the action it did, Expedia represented to the public that our fares were higher than those of our competitors because Expedia factored in its higher fee for US Airways tickets," said Baldanza.

    US Airways tickets already purchased through expedia.com will not be impacted and customers will be able to travel as ticketed. For other assistance with existing expedia.com-issued US Airways tickets and itineraries, customers should call US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.

    There remain other convenient choices for purchasing US Airways tickets online, including through usairways.com, where there are no booking fees, where low fares are always listed, and where customers earn bonus Dividend Miles with their purchase.

    US Airways is the nation's seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle, and the US Airways Express carriers operate over 3,300 flights per day. For more information on US Airways schedules and fares, visit usairways.com

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    • Wrong again dumbass.....buy a few hundred thousand more shares. LMAO. Or are you shorting the hundred thousand shares today?

      You Flake!

    • "Trust me on this. Stock to move higher on this, ironic isn't it?"

      Very ironic, especially since it turned out quite wrong.

    • >> "What Expedia is doing underscores the enormous harm that display bias presents to consumers and travel providers.", USAir.

      Hey USAir, have you ever heard of "merchandising"?

      It's what smart retailers do.

      It's what Wal-Mart does every single day. It's what Amazon.com does every single day. It's what Home Depot does. It's what Starbucks does. It's what Best Buy does. It's what Target does. It's what Lowe's does.

      The smartest retailers attempt to get scale.

      Then, they use that scale, and smart logistics, and smart pricing, and good distribution, and good brand name... to get the lowest cost of goods from suppliers, and to get and maintain the lowest customer acquisition costs.

      Go to your grocery store and see if they are displaying food brands in an "unbiased" way. Or go to a car dealer and see how "unbiased" it is. Or, stop by your local Office Depot and notice what they are featuring.

      You'll see it at virtually every single retailer in existence.

      And it's most emphatically NOT bad for consumers -- it is the very thing that gives retailers the power to drive prices LOWER for consumers.

      Cheers

    • Yes, 80% increase in book fee.

 
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