Delta pulls flights from 3 online travel websites; American pulls from Orbitz

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- Delta airlines is severing it's relationships with several on-line travel companies, including Panama City beach based BookIt.con.

That means you will no longer be able to book travel Delta flights through BookIt.com as well as CheapOair.com and Onetravel.com.

Delta declined our request for an interview but released a statement saying they terminated their agreements with the three websites on December 17th and it will have no impact on booking through Delta.com.

BookIt.com Owner and Co-founder says he's not too worried.

"It means that we're going to make a few transitions. BookIt.com is certainly happy to sell Delta when its available to us. But we don't live and die by Delta airlines," said Bud Finlaw.

American Airlines made a similar move on Tuesday. You can no longer book American flights on Orbitz.com.

"So there's a move, a foot within the industry for airlines to try to get their customers to come directly to them instead of going through an online travel agency like us and American Airlines reacted by pulling all inventory off Orbitz, Delta's following by pulling from several websites," said Finlaw.

With more than 400 employees in Bay County, Finlaw says Delta's move will not effect any jobs.

"We are growing rapidly, we are doing very well and we're real happy to continue the hiring process. Nothing's been halted," said Finlaw.

BookIt.com still offers vacation packages with flights through American, US Air, Continental and United.


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  • by Ralph Location: beach on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Dont blame Bookit, William. Bookit does not negotiate your rates. Your management company does. If your rates were too low it was your management companies fault. I run a management company and never have problems with bookit. I tell them what I need for rates and they do it.
  • by Anonymous Location: panama city on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    They need to take their listing off of priceline.com. That is the worst place to book any airline travel. I booked a package deal with them with the dates that I wanted to come back. The come back date ended up being in the early morning the next day. When I let them know that they said they could not do anything cause it was a package deal that I agreed to anytime to come back. yeah I agreed to anytime comming back for the exact date that I put not to come back in the whee early morning the next day. I had to rebook the whole flight but got penalized 150.00 dollars and did not get a refund for the car rental of 200.00. So they are not a good place to be booking anything with.
  • by Tim Location: pcb on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    I wanted to say that Mr Finlaw and his associates have provided hundreds of jobs to PCB at a time where people are suffering and struggling to get by. My family appreciates people that are looking to develop new jobs which gives PCB longterm residents that spend in town giving more people jobs and a way of life. At a time when more companies are closing than opening I think a company like BOOKIT.COM should be embraced by the community because they can offer their services anywhere in the country so be thankful we have this company or you will see more for sale signs in our town.
  • by William Location: Panama City Beach,FL on Dec 22, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    I'm not surprised that Bookit.com was dropped. The rates they negotiated with my condo rental company were so low I said I didn't want their business. Couldn't make any money with them. Another case of a Panama City Beach business that needs to go out of business. They don't understand the term "fair deal."
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