Playing hardball apparently works. American Airlines’s decision to pull its flights from online travel agency Orbitz has turned out to be short-lived.

The OTA released this statement after the close of US stock markets today:

“We are pleased that our long-standing relationship with American Airlines allowed us to quickly resolve business matters and that we continue to offer a broad range of options, including American Airlines and US Airways flights, to the millions of shoppers who book travel on our global sites each day.”

The dispute was over how much American Airlines Group was willing to pay Orbitz Worldwide for traffic referrals.

The news is so fresh that, as of this moment, is still broadcasting that it had pulled its fares from the sites owned by the Chicago-based company.

But a test search on Orbitz did, in fact, just return fare results that included American flights.


For the backstory, see our story from three days ago: “American pulls fares off Orbitz again: observers cite high costs, low ancillary sales

Original author: Sean O’Neill