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
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 customers." 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 http://www.sabre.com. Sabre and the Sabre logo are registered trademarks of an affiliate of Sabre Inc.
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