Sabre Travel Network Unveils Industry First Tool to Settle Credit Card Service Fees

Apr 14, 2004, 01:00 ET from Sabre Travel Network

    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre Travel Network, the Sabre
 Holdings business that connects travel suppliers and agents through the
 world's leading global distribution system (GDS), announced today a new
 feature to its Sabre Magnify Revenue Advantage product that will provide
 travel agents with a new fully integrated, competitively priced product for
 the application and settlement of service fees.
     In partnership with Merchant e-Solutions (MeS), Sabre Travel Network will
 enable its travel agency customers to process different card types through a
 single payment processor, settle their agency fees, and use Web-based
 reporting tools within the Revenue Advantage product.  In addition, the Card
 Services feature integrates credit card processing into the agencies' desktop.
     "We are very excited about our partnership with Sabre Travel Network. It
 allows us to expand our reach into the travel market, which is new for us,"
 said Sharif Bayyari, president and CEO of MeS.  "Our leading-edge technology
 is tailored to help Sabre Connected agencies obtain greater efficiencies and
 become more profitable."
     Agencies using the feature will experience:
     * Privacy - No more disclosure of information to suppliers on agency's
       service fees.
     * Control - An option to associate the air ticket number with the service
       fee charged on the cardholder's statement - a marketplace first.
     * Efficiency - Detailed online reporting and credit card reconciliation.
     * Speed - Users are able to access service fee funds up to seven days
       sooner than competitors.
     * Convenience - Multiple card type processing through a single payment
       processor (MeS) eliminates the need to maintain several merchant
       agreements to accept credit cards
     Agencies that sign up for Card Services will no longer be charged the
 monthly service fee associated with use of the Web-based version of Revenue
     "As beta testers of the Card Services feature we realized significant cost
 benefits and additional control of the fees being charged for the services
 rendered. I think this feature should be a big part of Sabre Travel Network's
 offering. Fees can be controlled at a DK by DK level and it is an automatic,
 which is considerably better than what we are experiencing through our current
 vendor," said John Henry, CTO & CFO of Robustelli World Travel. "The
 transactions are linked directly to our back office systems and the online
 reporting tool is very easy to use. In addition, the ability to receive our
 funds in an expedited time period gives us added flexibility to operate the
     "With our Revenue Advantage product we were already offering Sabre
 Connected travel agencies a superior way to manage service fees," said Hugh
 Jones, senior vice president of Sabre Travel Network, North America. "The
 partnership with MeS has allowed us to further enhance the product offering by
 simplifying the way credit card service fees are handled."
     About Merchant e-Solutions
     Merchant e-Solutions was founded in 1999 to provide technology-based
 solutions to the merchant payment acquiring industry, including banks and
 middle market retailers. To assist financial institutions in the delivery and
 management of merchant-related services, the Company provides management
 consultancy and web-based portfolio management tools. Merchant e-Solutions
 also provides a comprehensive range of payment services, including point-of-
 sale products, payment processing systems, equipment deployment, and a
 comprehensive 24-hour help desk. Merchant e-Solutions is headquartered in
 Redwood City, CA with additional locations in Spokane, WA; Melbourne, FL; and
 Columbus, GA.  For more information, go to
     About Sabre Travel Network
     Sabre Travel Network, a Sabre Holdings company, provides access to the
 world's leading global distribution system (GDS) enabling agents at more than
 53,000 agency locations worldwide to be travel experts.  The Sabre GDS, the
 first system to connect the buyers and sellers of travel, today includes more
 than 400 airlines, approximately 60,000 hotels, 41 car rental companies, nine
 cruise lines, 35 railroads and 220 tour operators.  Key brands of Sabre Travel
 Network include GetThere, the leading Web-based corporate travel reservation
 technology, and Jurni Network, the unique leisure travel agency consortium
 that enables members to sell more products from preferred travel suppliers
 using sophisticated market intelligence.
     Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:   TSG) is a world leader in travel
 commerce, retailing travel products and providing distribution and technology
 solutions for the travel industry.  More information about Sabre Holdings is
 available at
     Sabre Travel Network, Sabre Revenue Advantage with Card Services,
 GetThere, Jurni Network and Sabre Connected are trademarks and/or service
 marks of an affiliate of Sabre Holdings Corporation. All other trademarks,
 service marks, and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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