Northwest Charges Fees

$7.50 charged for every domestic roundtrip booked through a GDS


Northwest Airlines plans to charge travel agents $7.50 for every domestic roundtrip booked through a GDS. The change was announced Aug. 24 to take effect Sept. 1.

“Northwest calls this a shared GDS fee, which implies they are doing something good for us,” said ASTA President Richard Copland. “My answer is: Don’t do me any favors. When I want you to share your costs with me, I’ll let you know.”

Northwest said it pays $12.50 per GDS booking and wants to save $70 million by billing agents. The airline says no fee will be charged on tickets booked on its Web site.

ARTA called Northwest’s move “a huge blunder.”

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