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ARC's Board of Directors - following ARC consultation with travel agency representatives - approved a number of changes to the Agent Reporting Agreement (ARA or Agreement).
The primary ARA change is the modification of the definition of the term "ARC Traffic Document" and related provisions to also include carriers' own traffic documents. This amendment serves to facilitate the use of carrier traffic documents by agent and carrier parties who may wish to do so within the framework of the ARA. The change fully supports ARC's goal to be responsive and flexible, and to the extent possible, accommodate various business models.
The amendments related to this definitional change are summarized here:
Section 3.6 of the ARA has also been updated to state that if an agent chooses to use the ARC Travel Agent Service Fee (TASF) Program by issuing a TASF transaction, the agent is subject to the terms of the TASF Agreement. The purpose of this update is to eliminate the requirement for agents that wish to voluntarily use the TASF program to sign a separate TASF Agreement Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). This language is added to streamline the TASF on-boarding processes for the agency community. The TASF Agreement remains an agreement separate from the ARA.
These changes will be effective on June 15, 2015. Please note that in accordance with Section 5 of the ARA, your continued participation with ARC after the June 15, 2015, effective date will serve as your acceptance of the amendments.
You can view these changes in more detail by clicking here.
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At this conference you will have the opportunity to engage in essential industry discussions and uncover new travel solutions to better your business today.
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Data security is of the utmost importance to ARC. To that end, effective August 1, 2015, access to all of ARC's tools (e.g., My ARC, IAR, Agency Memo Manager, DRS, etc.) will be limited to users of ARC-approved web browsers and operating systems. Users of non-approved browsers and operating systems will not be supported after this date.
ARC is implementing this initiative because not all web browsers and operating systems offer the same level of security. Ensuring that the web browser, operating system and tools you use are up-to-date will not only help protect ARC's systems, but will also greatly help prevent your business from being exploited by cyber criminals.
If you are not using a browser and an operating system from the approved list below, you will need to upgrade as soon as possible, otherwise your ability to use ARC systems will cease on August 1, 2015.
Approved PC/Mac Operating Systems
Approved Web Browsers
Approved Mobile Platforms - Operating Systems with Native (built in) Web Browsers
Before upgrading your operating system, we strongly recommend that you consult with your IT support desk, or if you don't have one, we suggest you consult with an IT professional.
Click here to learn the name of the web browser and operating system you are using.
If you would like to change your bank account information, you can do so by electronically submitting a bank account change request through the Accreditation Tool, accessible via your My ARC toolbox. Please do not close your current bank account until ARC has processed your request.
Note: Only primary administrator user IDs automatically have access to the Accreditation Tool. Any other type of user IDs must request access to the Accreditation Tool from a primary administrator.
To complete the Bank Account Change, please follow these instructions:
You can also view a video on how to use the Accreditation Tool at www.arccorp.com/support/training-accreditation.jsp.