SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 27, 2004–Sabre Travel
Network, a Sabre Holdings (NYSE: TSG) company, today announced new
enhancements to its Sabre Travel Protection product for U.S. travel
agencies. The product now offers an enhanced graphical booking tool
and features a preferred supplier who offers expanded insurance
coverage for travelers, as well as higher commissions for agents –
ranging from 20 percent to 35 percent.
CSA Travel Protection, the preferred vendor for the Sabre Travel
Protection product, offers travel agents and their customers one of
the most comprehensive and flexible travel protection packages in the
marketplace. CSA enables Sabre Connected agents to offer every type of
coverage a traveler may need, including trip cancellation, rental car
damage, emergency medical transportation and supplier financial
default. Additionally, travel protection is easier to sell since all
CSA’s insurance products include a ten-day free trial period. In
addition, CSA’s Advantage Plan offers a full refund of insurance
premiums to the traveler in the event of trip cancellation – an agency
offer made exclusively through Sabre Connected agencies.
“This enhanced coverage offers agents and their customers more
peace-of-mind as they plan their trips,” commented Hugh Jones, senior
vice president of Sabre Travel Network, North America. “The CSA Travel
portfolio of products and services offers our travel agency customers
the industry’s most comprehensive coverage at the most competitive
prices. Coupling CSA’s offerings and our enhanced insurance shopping
tools makes Sabre Travel Protection’s offering the best travel
insurance and travel assistance services package in the market.”
“Combining our flexible suite of quality products, including Web
Direct & CSA Advantage, with Sabre Travel Network’s agency network and
cutting-edge technology offers agents an outstanding opportunity to
increase profits and more efficiently manage their business,” said
Frank Shellabear, President of CSA’s Sales Division. “It’s an
unbeatable relationship that’s vastly superior to any other GDS-vendor
arrangement in the marketplace.”
Enhancements to Sabre Travel Protection include: -- New traveler benefits from preferred supplier, CSA Travel Protection Advantage Plan - travelers enjoy more robust protection options and a return of insurance premiums if trips are canceled for any reason - an exclusive agency offering through Sabre Connected agencies. -- New agency benefits from CSA - agents earn a commission of up to 35 percent of the policy premium. CSA also offers agents the flexibility to earn a referral or license commission and the ability to protect commissions with a commission protection feature. -- A new and improved insurance shopping and booking tool for agents - key insurance shopping fields are automatically updated from Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, reducing keystrokes. In addition, insurance bookings are now automatically integrated with the PNR for easy look up and back office functions. -- Additional ease and speed for MySabre agents with a new point and click feature - the MySabre agent booking portal allows agents to use a computer mouse to interact with the Sabre system while selling travel protection -- Friendly reminders to increase agency sales - if at the end of the transaction travel insurance has not been booked, the tool prompts agents participating in the preferred vendor program to offer travel protection to their customers -- Sabre Rewards -agents participating in the Sabre Rewards loyalty program may earn loyalty rewards by booking Sabre Travel Protection - up to $3.00 per policy booked.
Sabre Travel Protection is available free of charge to all Sabre
Connected travel agents and can be accessed through the Sabre system
at travelprotection.sabre.com, MySabre and Jurni Network. Agents can
see more information about Sabre Travel Protection on the Sabre
eServices’ New Community page.
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, 37 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 http://www.sabre-holdings.com.
Sabre Travel Network, Jurni Network, GetThere, and Sabre Travel
Protection 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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