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Airlines will lose online booking wars, analyst says

Despite pumping tens of millions of dollars into their Web sites, major airlines will still lose out to independent travel agencies for booking dollars, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). By 2001, the number of tickets bought online through independent travel agencies will eclipse ticket purchases through sites like Orbitz and Hotwire, all backed by most of the major U.
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Despite pumping tens of millions of dollars into their Web sites, major airlines will still lose out to independent travel agencies for booking dollars, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). By 2001, the number of tickets bought online through independent travel agencies will eclipse ticket purchases through sites like Orbitz and Hotwire, all backed by most of the major U.S. carriers, the IDC said. Full story. -- Ben Charny, ZDNet News

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