Delta Ditches Meetings
Lower Fares Bump Group Program
While the news last month of fare slashing by
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines on their domestic routes
buoyed the spirits of business travelers, it might have come at a
price for meeting groups.
Days after announcing the national expansion of its SimpliFares
program, which cut fares by as much as 50 percent, eliminated the
Saturday-stay requirement and reduced ticket change fees from $100
to $50, Delta said it had folded its Delta Meeting Network,
effective Jan. 5, 2005, but would honor any tickets purchased under
active contracts through Feb. 28.
According to the Atlanta-based airline, the move was a
necessary part of its efforts to redefine its new business
American Airlines, however, based in Fort Worth, Texas, and
which closely followed Delta’s fare restructuring and fee changes,
said it had no plans to make any changes to its Group & Meeting
“Currently it is business as usual for group and meeting
travel,” declared Tim Wagner, a spokesperson for the airline.