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American Airlines Postpones NDC & AAdvantage Changes

American Airlines Postpones NDC & AAdvantage Changes

Late Tuesday afternoon, American Airlines quietly announced it was postponing the implementation of its new preferred agency program until July 2024. ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby released the following statement. 


Alexandria, V.A., April 24, 2024 —"While the fundamentals of American's preferred travel agency program appear not to have changed, its postponement of the program is welcome news for the travel industry. Agencies and advisors most affected by this oncoming change have a couple more months to prepare. It seems that American may now admit to what we've expressed for months: its NDC technology was underdeveloped, and its implementation deadlines were both arbitrary and unrealistic.     

This news provides an opportunity for ASTA to continue its work, opposing American Airlines' monopolistic, anti-competitive behavior.  You can help by joining the campaign at, telling your story and encouraging your clients to do the same. Your stories are resonating with lawmakers here in Washington, D.C."



Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit our mission statement.  




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