AirPlus Gets A+ on Ancillary Fees Report

AirPlus has cracked the code on reporting airline ancillary fees.

Travel managers will find these reports extremely useful.  You’ll know with great  certainty what your travelers are buying from each airline. You’ll be able to answer important questions, such as:

  • How much are we spending on Ancillary Fees (AF)?
  • What are the biggest sub-categories of AF – baggage fees, onboard fees, upgrades, extra mileage, etc. (and therefore, implications for negotiations)?
  • What’s the average purchase in each of these sub-categories (and what are the  implications for your travel policies)?
  • Which travelers are the biggest buyers of AF, and exactly what types of AFs are they buying?
  • How much are we spending on AF with each airline (and what are the negotiation implications)?

Here’s a set of sample reports: Sample AirPlus Ancillary Fee Reports   You’ll see a clean, crisp presentation of the data, from high-level summary down to traveler-specific details.

 Matthew Talbot, the gent at AirPlus who took the lead in developing the reports, combed through hundreds of AF descriptions from airlines around the world. Where an airline’s AF description was less than clear, Matthew and his team built logical rules to classify those murky AFs into their most likely sub-category.  Users have the option to re-classify those charges as they see fit.  Users may choose their reports to be published in Excel or PDF format. 

The reports are based on charges captured by the AirPlus Corporate Card.  In the competitive world of corporate T&E charge cards, AirPlus just moved its seat to the head of the class.  Well done! 

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4 Responses to AirPlus Gets A+ on Ancillary Fees Report

  1. Rock Blanco says:

    Congrats to Matthew Talbot, Richard Crum, and the entire team at AirPlus. You’ve created a *buzz* in the industry by providing an excellent response and solution to the most significant missing pieces in the business travel management puzzle. Excellent job!!!

  2. Alan Minton says:

    I echo Rock’s comment. This is a great start on solving a big problem.

  3. I’m always amazed by our industry … Something that should be natural and offered as “open data” from years by airlines still needs to be cracked down … So yes, this seems to be a great work from Airplus team.
    Our industry is still in the old age of Information … And this is really a bad news especially when you see how airlines are complaining against GDS … for the same reasons.
    Airplus could work with Open-Axis to enable the creation of the right XML “dialects” for AF, may be to normalize the decoding/mapping rules and to also enable customer to export those AF in a “standard” format. In other words, that service should be offered also as an API, and not only within a tool … I’m sure people will pay for it …

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