Sabre Improves Access to Lower Fares With Bargain Finder Plus; New Functionality Enables Travel Agents to Search Up to 16 Segments, Find Lower Priced Fares Faster

May 03, 2000, 01:00 ET from Sabre

    FORT WORTH, Texas, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre(R) (NYSE:   TSG) today
 announced the latest enhancements to Bargain Finder Plus, the company's air
 pricing feature that offers Sabre Connected travel agents improved access to
 lower fares at no additional charge.
     Travel agents now have more options to choose from when searching for
 lower fares and can customize the low-fare search to meet their customers'
 needs.  This improved feature gives Sabre subscribers the leading edge tool
 for low-fare searches, as other computer reservations systems either charge a
 fee or have fewer fare components to from which to choose.
     More Fare Options Than Ever Before
     The new enhancement evaluates more than 1,000 different travel
 combinations with one easy entry by including up to 50,000 fare combinations.
 It also enables searches of up to 16 segments and eight fare components.  This
 is especially beneficial in markets such as Latin America where customers
 frequently book multi-segment itineraries.
     "Bargain Finder Plus is a tremendous timesaver for our agents because it
 reduces the time spent shopping different schedules for a price-conscious
 traveler," said Mary Gifford with Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Alabama.  "At
 the stroke of a key, we have access to nine schedules at once, so we can help
 clients identify ways of saving potentially hundreds of dollars by adjusting
 their flight time or changing which airport they fly into."
     Time, Cost Savings for Travel Agents
     Bargain Finder Plus is easy-to-use and requires little or no agent
 training.  It allows agents to find low cost fares they may not ordinarily
 find themselves, while increasing customer productivity and customer service
 efforts.  The program reduces manual fare search keystrokes by at least
 60 percent.
     "Travel agents must be able to meet the needs of their customers quickly
 and accurately," said Sam Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager
 of product marketing for Sabre.  "We are pleased to offer a product that
 functions in such a flexible manner as Bargain Finder Plus.  Our Sabre
 Connected travel agents can save time and money for themselves, and their
     Sabre is the global leader in applying information technology to meet the
 needs of the travel and transportation industries with advanced and innovative
 technology skills to deliver progressive solutions.  Headquartered in
 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide
 who span 45 countries.  Sabre reported 1999 revenues of $2.4 billion, up
 5.6 percent from 1998.  Net earnings excluding special items were
 $264 million, up 15.2 percent from the prior year.  More information on Sabre
 is available on the World Wide Web at  Sabre and the
 Sabre logo are registered trademarks of an affiliate of Sabre Inc.