Travel Agent Communications

PED 06/14/2015

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Aruba Airlines Joins ARC

Aruba Airlines (AG/209) will join ARC as a participating carrier effective with sales on June 15, 2015 (PED 06/21/15).

With a fleet aircrafts comprised of two Airbus A-320s, Aruba Airlines flies to Aruba out of the USA and offers connecting flights to international destinations including Panama and Venezuela, and soon to Curacao and Santo Domingo.

Aruba Airlines accepts cash as a valid form of payment, and is available in Amadeus GDS. Sabre and Worldspan will be implemented in the near future.

Aruba Airlines has elected the General Concurrence method of agent appointment whereby all ARC agents are automatically appointed as agents of Aruba Airlines, unless specifically advised to the contrary by the carrier.

For inquiries, reservations or sales information, please contact:

Aruba Airlines
7855 nw 12 street
Suite 105, Doral Florida
Call center: +1-8-555-ARUBA-1
info@arubaairlines.com


Azul Linhas Aereas Now Accepts American Express

Effective with sales issued on Monday, June 15, 2015 (PED 06/21/15), Azul Linhas Aereas (577/AD) will begin accepting American Express as a form of payment through ARC.


Pacific Wings Will Voluntarily Delete from ARC

Pacific Wings (LW/568) will voluntarily delete from ARC effective Monday, June 29, 2015 (PED 07/05/15). Agents are requested to submit any outstanding transactions prior to that date. For additional information, contact Pacific Wings directly at 888-575-4546.


ARC Suspends Processing of Aerocon Transactions

ARC has learned that Aerocon (A4/702) suspended operations and will therefore suspend the processing of all Aerocon transactions, effective immediately.


Host Agents - Reduce Risk from Agency Identity Theft

Recently, agents have reported that fraudsters have stolen the identity of ARC/IATA agencies (recently Canadian agents) and signed up on a host's website pretending to be an accredited agency.

Most Independent Consultants (IC) are very responsible, honest and trustworthy individuals, but there have been cases of ICs committing fraud. In these cases, the criminal poses as an ARC/IATA agent using the agency's code number and address and a similar email address to that of the owner/employee of the approved agency. (e.g., If Mary Smith's real email address is msmith@abctravel.com, the criminal will establish and use an address such as mary.smith@abc-travel.com.)

The host agency verifies the agency code number is assigned to the named ARC/IATA agency, with the same location, and then approves the new IC to use the online booking tool. The criminal then uses compromised credit cards, which will be rejected by the real cardholder, to book.

Here are some recommended best practices to help you verify the identity of an agency/IC when you are vetting them before they join your agency—as well as after they're approved:

  • Verify at least two business references.
  • Require proof of E&O Insurance.
  • Obtain the applicant's notarized picture ID.
  • Independently verify the agency/IC through internet searches, and use the information found to contact the agency/IC to ask if they applied to be an IC with your company.
  • Review agency's website to identify valid email domains and telephone numbers.
  • Monitor IC's ticketing after approval for same-day/next-day departures and international departures, especially from LOS, ACC, ABJ, BOG, LIM and GRU.
  • Determine if the cardholder and passenger are the same.

If you suspect a scheme, please contact ARC's fraud prevention team at 855-358-0393 or fifp@arccorp.com.


Changes to ARC MarketPlace - Coming Summer 2015

ARC MarketPlace is undergoing some major improvements. This summer you will see a redesigned site with updated web pages, city pages that contain top tours in those destinations, the new ARC MarketPlace Blog and much more.

While there will be many new changes to ARC MarketPlace, you will still be able to book commissionable products from the same trusted suppliers for your clients, just as you always have in the past.

Look for further details on the upcoming ARC MarketPlace enhancements at arcmarketplace.com and through email notifications from the ARC MarketPlace team.


ACTION REQUIRED: New Web Browser and Operating System Requirements for ARC Users

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

  • Windows Vista SP2 or higher (includes Windows 7, 8 and 8.1)
  • OSX 10.8 or higher (includes v10.9 and 10.10)

Approved Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer - Version 9 or higher
  • Safari - Version 6 or higher
  • Google Chrome - Version 40 or higher
  • Firefox - Version 34 or higher
  • Opera - Version 27 or higher

Approved Mobile Platforms - Operating Systems with Native (built in) Web Browsers

  • Android 5.0 or higher with native browser
  • iOS 8.1 or higher with native browser

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.


Registration is Now Open for TravelConnect

Registration is now open for TravelConnect 2015! Last year's conference drew the best and the brightest travel professionals to Washington, D.C., for this inaugural gathering. And this year promises to be even better!

At this conference you will have the opportunity to engage in essential industry discussions and uncover new travel solutions to better your business today.

Attendees will:

  • Take part in dynamic panels on our industry's most important and talked-about topics such as fraud prevention and travel data insights
  • Hear from some of travel's key thought leaders in compelling sessions around IATA's New Distribution Capability and debit memo standardization
  • Establish relationships with peers, ARC executives and others in the field during networking breaks and receptions
  • Experience hands-on demonstrations of the industry's latest products, services and programs

Get the early bird registration rate for TravelConnect 2015 at only $249 when you register before July 1!


Tip of the Week: Reconcile Your IAR Report on a Daily Basis

Please be sure to reconcile your IAR sales report on a daily basis. Verifying the accuracy of your transactions in IAR will help ensure you don't miss the next business day modification/void window deadline.