Amadeus, Southwest enhance partnership with new corporate travel deal

Amadeus and Southwest Airlines announced a new multi-year agreement, through which users of Amadeus's corporate travel booking tool will gain access to Southwest's fares and inventory.

"Providing seamless functionality and booking ease to our corporate customers worldwide is a focus we share with Amadeus," explained Kevin Krone, vice-president marketing and chief marketing officer, Southwest Airlines. "This new global agreement marks another milestone in our continued partnership, offering a new dimension in distribution to deliver world-class access to our entire available inventory of seats to more than 90 destinations."

Users of Amadeus's corporate booking tools will benefits from: greater functionalities including live availability and last seat inventory delivered via an integrated display; functionality supporting all pricing rules, fare rules and return of ticket number; fare searches returning the lowest fares available; booking and ticketing capabilities for the carrier's loyalty programme/Rapid Rewards members; and additional functionality related to deferred ticketing, retrieving and canceling reservations, and exchange funds toward new itineraries.

This agreement builds on the April 2014 deal in which the Amadeus Altéa passenger services system was selected to support the carrier's domestic service. In July 2014 the successful full implementation of Amadeus Altéa enabled the carrier's first-ever scheduled international flights.

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