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August 06, 2008


Rajiv Bhat

While I agree that APIs make good sense I think that AA did not remove Kayak listings for monetary reasons.

From someone at Kayak (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080725/1322411794.shtml ) responding to an article on TechDirt.
" To clarify a few things:

1. AA does not get double charged when a user clicks on an Orbitz result for an AA flight. If the user books that flight on Orbitz, then AA pays Orbitz. Kayak gets nothing from AA.

2. No deal was struck to provide Orbitz or Kayak lower fares then AA.com.

AA told us that we had to suppress search results from other web sites if we wanted to keep showing their fares and we said "no". I can't speak for AA's reason for doing this, but they were certainly not being double charged."

Also, Kayak makes its money from pay-per-click (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak.com ). Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz charge an extra $5 (http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/08-01/which-airfare-site-is-the-cheapest.html ) and this could be because all of them get their information from the Airline Tariff Publishing Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_Tariff_Publishing_Company ).

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