US Airways and Expedia Sign Deal

US Airways will make its ancillary products and services, such as its Choice Seats, available to Expedia through the global distribution systems (GDSs) that are used by on- and offline travel agencies.

The GDS issue was at the heart of American Airlines' disputes with Expedia and Orbitz, both of which have stopped selling American's tickets.

American wants travel sellers to connect directly with the carrier to sell its optional services and add-ons.

Its plan has encountered much opposition within the travel agency and business travel communities.

US Airways' new multi-year agreement with Expedia covers, Hotwire, its Egencia corporate travel service and all its sites around the world.

The airline committed to offering all of its fares and schedules to Expedia through the GDS model.

Expedia committed to working with US Airways to enable the distribution of its Choice Seats product through its online sites.

Choice Seats allows passengers to purchase window or aisle seats toward the front of the economy cabin.

US Airways said it is "committed to making it as easy as possible for our customers to purchase tickets from US Airways through as many sources as possible."

At a travel industry conference last fall, a US Airways executive said the carrier would pursue a direct-connect strategy with travel agencies, but it would not be its only strategy.

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