The Airlines vs. Expedia and Travelocity

JetBlue CEO David Neeleman sees Continental's decision to end commissions to online travel outfits as the start of an industrywide trend

Call it a thunderbolt from the skies. On Oct. 24, Continental Airlines announced it would stop paying commissions on ticket sales by independent online travel companies such as Travelocity and Expedia. That could savage these outfits' bottom lines. Worse, it could signal a wave of airlines rescinding commissions to online indies.

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