Airlines to test airfare pilot program

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – There could changes on the horizon for how you buy a plane ticket online. Starting next year, a group of airline carriers agreed to start using a new system that could lead to personalized pricing for flyers.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) discussed the new system during a recent airline industry conference. According to the agency's website the New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a new approach to the way airlines' products and services are being distributed and supports customer personalization.

Local industry experts say participating airlines will ask customers for more personal information, travel history, frequent flyer membership and credit card use. Using this detailed information, they will then produce a customized ticket price.

Airlines already use a similar system through their own websites and this change would impact third party online travel booking websites. Local flyers seem to be on board with the idea if it means saving money.

"I don't think I would have a problem with that. If I'm going to get the best deal at the end of the day, then I'm willing to give up whatever it takes," said frequent flyer Alan Matthews.

The first test run of this new system is expected to take off in 2013. Through these pilots, the industry will test these new standards and technologies.

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