Travel Agent Communications

PED 12/08/2013

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Tiara Air Aruba No Longer Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Effective with sales issued on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 (PED 12/15/13), Tiara Air Aruba (253/3P) will no longer accept Visa or MasterCard as forms of payment through ARC.

Norwegian Now Accepts UATP

Effective with sales issued on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 (PED 12/15/13), Norwegian (328/DY) will begin accepting UATP as form of payment through ARC.

News Regarding the New Annual Affirmation Project

We are very pleased to announce the implementation of the new annual Agency Affirmation project scheduled to go live Dec. 12, 2013. With the launch of this project, the Primary Administrator's of the agency will receive an email 105 days prior to their anniversary date. This email will request the affirmation of specific agency information such as business address, ownership and operational contacts. Upon receipt of the email, the Primary Administrator can forward the request to anyone within the agency as long as that individual has Accreditation Tool access. This new annual affirmation will enable ARC to confirm that the agency information we have on file is up to date.

Completing Agency Affirmation is simple. If all of the agency information is accurate, it's as easy as selecting "yes" under each section. If changes are required, they will simply explain which items have changed. We understand how important our customer's time is and have made every effort to make this process as quick, easy and seamless as possible.

It is very important that the agency information is reviewed and either confirmed or corrected on an annual basis. Maintaining accurate information is critical as it allows us to better serve our travel professional community.

Should you have any questions, please call ARC's Customer Care Center at (855) 816-8003.

Introducing New Accreditation Tool Enhancements

In addition to launching the Affirmation project on Dec. 12, 2013, we will also be including a few Accreditation Tool enhancements, which include:

  • Forward and Back buttons to assist with navigation. This will provide our customers with the option to move forwards and backwards by either selecting the new navigational buttons or the existing tabs.
  • Spellcheck in the messaging section. Now when you enter a message, the spellcheck functionality will validate your spelling.
  • An asterisk identifier when a new message has been added. Once someone other than the creator of the message clicks to view, the asterisk will be removed.
  • Additional countries in the address selection list. Currently, we only have the United States. We will be adding American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • An email input field for qualifying personnel and in the additional business information area if applicable. This will include Designate Manager, Attendant and Bank Account Access.
  • When materials due are required, they will now be alphabetically listed on the "materials due" page.
  • The "materials due" message will now dynamically display on the screen only when there is a material due. Currently this message is static and displays at all times.
  • A label change for the current request that reads "Less than 30% of stock ownership." This will be changed to "Ownership Change with Current Owners."
  • Validation that the "@" is in the email address on all requests.
  • Validation that the ARC number entered on the requests belongs to the HOL (when applicable) or is valid otherwise.
  • If you have made a change using our new Affirmation process, you will be able to view your Affirmation request in the Accreditation Tool.

Should you have any questions, please call ARC's Customer Care Center at (855) 816-8003.

Tip of the Week: Considering a Change in Ownership or Entity Type?

There are five different types of ownership changes involving a reallocation of shares and/or a change of entity type.

  1. If the agency will have a transfer of 30 percent or more of its shares with no new shareholders, please use Form 651.
  2. If the agency will have a transfer of 30 percent or more of its shares with new shareholders, please use Form 652.
  3. If the agency will be changing its entity type with no new owners, please use Form 653.
  4. If the agency will be purchasing an existing ARC agency to add as a branch, please use Form 654.
  5. If the agency will be changing its ownership and entity type, please use Form 655.

All forms can be found in ARC's Form Catalog. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Care Center at (855) 816-8003 or We are more than happy to walk you through the process.

Please distribute the ARC TAC among staff and colleagues.

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