Airline Suppliers Regain Pricing Power over Business Travelers

As airfare rates tick up and discounts disappear, companies must be more aggressive in seeking best rates, American Express Business Travel warns


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Christa Degnan Manning





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Year-over-year Mid-year International Airfare: Increased 8 percent
  • Mid-Year 2010 Average International Airfare Paid — $1,768
    • Q1 2010 Average International Airfare Paid — $1,726
    • Q2 2010 Average International Airfare Paid — $1,810
  • Mid-Year 2009 Average International Airfare Paid — $1,642
  • Mid-Year 2008 Average International Airfare Paid — $1,946


Year-over-year Mid-year US Domestic Airfare: Increased 9 percent
  • Mid-year 2010 Average Domestic Airfare Paid — $233
    • Q1 2010 Average Domestic Airfare Paid — $225
    • Q2 2010 Average Domestic Airfare Paid — $240
  • Mid-year 2009 Average Domestic Airfare Paid — $213
  • Mid-year 2008 Average Domestic Airfare Paid — $247


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  • Mid-year 2010 International Business Class — 41 percent
  • Mid-year 2009 International Business Class — 38 percent
  • Mid-year 2008 International Business Class — 50 percent


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Year-over-Year Mid-year International Booked Hotel Rates: Decreased 2 percent
  • Mid-year Average International Booked Rates Paid — $230
    • Q1 2010 Average International Booked Rates Paid — $228
    • Q2 2010 Average International Booked Rates Paid — $232
  • Mid-year 2009 Average International Booked Rates Paid — $235
  • Mid-year 2008 Average International Booked Rates Paid — $267


Year-over-year Mid-year Domestic Booked Hotel Rates: Decreased 2 percent
  • Mid-year 2010 Average Domestic Booked Rates Paid — $149
    • Q1 2010 Average Domestic Booked Rates Paid — $146
    • Q2 2010 Average Domestic Booked Rates Paid — $151
  • Mid-year 2009 Average Domestic Booked Rates Paid — $152
  • Mid-year 2008 Average Domestic Booked Rates Paid — $151






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