Expedia Removes AA Fares From Search Results

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In response to American Airlines yanking its fares off Orbitz, Expedia has changed the way it displays American's flights -- making it harder for consumers to compare fares.

Expedia has removed all American fare information from search results, meaning you can only see the schedule information.

American's fares are shown only after you select a flight.

Expedia also moved American to the far right of its "matrix," a spot usually reserved for less desirable selections, even on routes that are dominated by the carrier.

The Expedia display is likely to discourage travel shoppers from booking American flights because they can't easily compare the fares without switching back and forth between screens.

Expedia's move is an unprecedented show of solidarity among online travel agencies, which normally compete fiercely.

Expedia also said it made its move because of "a possible disruption in Expedia's ability to sell American Airlines tickets" when its contract with the carrier expires.

American pulled Orbitz's ticketing authority in a dispute over how the online agency connects to the carrier's reservations system.

Expedia said American's new model is "anti-consumer and anti-choice."

American said Expedia's "favoritism toward other airlines" could lead consumers to believe they have fewer choices.

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