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Effective with sales issued on Monday, April 28, 2014 (PED 050414), Sichuan Airlines (876/3U) started accepting Visa and MasterCard as forms of payment through ARC for Sabre users only. Other GDSs will be able to accept Visa and MasterCard as forms of payment through ARC in the near future.
Effective with sales issued on Monday, June 9, 2014 (PED 061514), Boliviana Airlines (930/OB) will accept Visa and MasterCard as forms of payment through ARC.
Never rely on the credit card approval/authorization code to authenticate the validity of credit cards from unknown customers.
A man continues to contact travel agents stating that he represents a company (for example: talent or engineering company) in need of a travel agent to fulfill requests for airline ticketing, found the contacted agency in the phone book or was referred by one of your customers and wants to purchase an airline ticket. Sometimes the first ticket requested is a benign domestic ticket, e.g., ATL to MIA, or JFK to LAX. These types of tickets are the "straw" purchase. After the straw purchase, the gentlemen may call or email again requesting additional tickets for company employees or family members. These tickets are for international departures—often using more than one credit card.
Once you become suspicious of the number of tickets, credit cards being used and/or the international departures, it may be too late, as you later discover that all the credit cards have been compromised. One travel agency came to that conclusion after it had issued more than $160,000 in compromised credit card tickets; more than $400,000 in compromised credit cards has been attributable to these schemes.
What to consider as high risk:
Consider using ARC's Red Flags list to determine the risk before you issue tickets. To find the Red Flags list, click the Best Practice tab on the Fraud Prevention space on My ARC's landing page. Provide a copy of the Red Flags document to each of your frontline staff, including full- and part-time employees and independent contractors.
If you suspect such a scheme, you can contact ARC's fraud prevention team at any time at 855-358-0393 or email@example.com.
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Q: Do I need to respond if I receive a Retrieval Letter from the TASF Department?
A: Yes, if it's a valid charge and a refund is not due to your client. If it is a valid charge, you should also contact your client to explain the charge. Many times the cardholder has simply forgotten about the charge. They will then need to contact their credit card company to withdraw their dispute.
If a refund is due to your customer, all you need to do is process the refund in your next report and then notify the TASF department. We'll contact the credit card company and inform them that you have refunded the charge in order to avoid the dispute from becoming a chargeback.
Did you know that each Tip of the Week published in the weekly Travel Agent Communication (TAC) is stored in the Tip of the Week online library? This archive is useful when you can't find a previous tip or can't remember when that tip was published.
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