4-Jan-2011 2:56 PM

Expedia suspends sale of American Airlines tickets

Expedia announced it has suspended the sale of American Airlines tickets from its website and stated the carrier’s new direct marketing strategy is “anti-consumer and anti-choice” (AFP, 03-Jan-2011). Meanwhile, Expedia added that its remains “open to doing business with American Airlines on terms that are satisfactory to Expedia”. American Airlines previously announced on 29-Dec-2010 that it has seen a year-over-year increase in ticket sales since 21-Dec-2010, when it removed its schedules and airfares for American Airlines and American Eagle services from orbitz.com and websites powered by Orbitz, and since 23-Dec-2010, when Expedia began listing American's services and schedules lower in the search display than those of other airlines.