Another big travel site has decided to drop American Airlines.
Back in December Orbitz dropped the airline from its web site. Now Expedia is doing the same.
The Airline posted this statement on its web site:
"In today's competitive marketplace, it is important for American to be free to customize its product offerings to improve the customer experience as well as distribute its products in a way that does not result in unnecessary costs. Expedia has chosen to no longer offer American Airlines fares on its website. Customers looking to compare flights or fares on line should visit other travel sites such as Kayak.com or Priceline.com for the most accurate and up-to-date information."
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American Airlines doesn't seem to mind being dropped from Expedia and Orbitz. The Fort Worth based company has said it’s too costly to pay these independent travel web sites to post their flights. Airlines do pay a commission every time people search a particular flight, look up a fare or book a trip.
Southwest airlines has only ever offered airfare on its personal web site. However, American Airlines goes on to say, “We do not envision a future in which we only sell to our customers through our own branded website. Our goal is to have broad distribution channels and choices for our customers, with our products and services delivered efficiently and without unnecessary costs flowing through the process."