Travel Agent Communications

PED 03/27/2016


2016 Quarterly Transaction Fees – 1st Quarter

This is a reminder about the agent/CTD transaction fee that is assessed on a quarterly basis. ARC will be imposing a new tiered quarterly transaction fee structure. See the chart below outlining this tiered fee structure. Note, agencies with less than 1,000 transactions per quarter will not be assessed transaction fees. A separate debit representing this fee will be drawn against your ARC designated bank account on or after April 21, 2016. Only one draft will be issued for consolidated drafting agents.

 

Number of transactions
per quarter

Price per
transaction

Tier 1

1,000 - 2,224.999

.016

Tier 2

2.25 - 5.999M

.013

Tier 3

6M or more

.011


Avianca Brazil Joins ARC

Avianca Brazil (O6/247) will join ARC as a participating carrier effective with sales on April 4, 2016 (PED 04/10/16).

Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/A, which operates under the Avianca brand, is a Brazilian airline based in São Paulo, Brazil. Covering 23 domestic destinations and one international destination, Avianca Brazil operates more than 200 daily flights and in 2015 transported more than eight million passengers on its modern fleet of 41 Airbus aircraft.

As a Star Alliance member, the airline offers customers access to more than 1,300 destinations worldwide through the networks of its 27 international air partners. Avianca Brazil is widely recognized for the quality of its products and services, such as free meals, individual in-flight entertainment system and more legroom. Plus they offer the "Amigo" loyalty program, which has over three million registered customers. The company is certified with IATA's IOSA audit, which is recognized as the benchmark for global safety management in airlines. For more information, please visit www.avianca.com.br.

Avianca Brazil has elected the Specific Appointment method of agent appointment whereby all ARC agents interested in issuing O6 tickets are asked to email the following information to aviancabrazil@airlinepros.com:

  1. Agency Name
  2. Legal Name
  3. Address
  4. EIN
  5. ARC #
  6. City Code
  7. GDS
  8. PSS
  9. Primary Contact
  10. Phone
  11. Email

The airline accepts cash as a form of payment at the moment and is available in Amadeus, Sabre, Worldspan and Apollo.

For inquiries, reservations or sales information, contact:

Avianca Brazil in the USA
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2523
New York, NY 10170
1-877-635-2030
aviancabrazil@airlinepros.com


Pacific Coastal Airlines Joins ARC

Pacific Coastal Airlines Limited (8P/905) will join ARC as a participating carrier effective with sales on Monday, March 28, 2016 (PED 04/03/16).

With headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Pacific Coastal Airlines operates domestic scheduled flights throughout the Province of British Columbia, connecting over 65 destinations. The airline predominantly operates a fleet of Saab 360 and Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.

Pacific Coastal Airlines has elected the General Concurrence method of agent appointment, whereby all accredited ARC agents are automatically appointed as agents of the carrier.

At this time, cash is the only form of payment accepted, however credit cards will be available in the near future. Pacific Coastal is available for sale in the Sabre, Amadeus, Worldspan and Apollo GDSs.

For inquiries, reservations or sales information, contact:

Pacific Coastal Airlines
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2523
New York, NY 10170
201-204-5500
Pacificcoastal@airlinepros.com
www.pacificcoastal.com


LC Perú Now Accepts Discover

Effective with sales issued Monday, March 21, 2016 (PED 03/27/16), LC Perú (107/W4) will begin accepting Visa and MasterCard as forms of payment through ARC.


2013 ARC Transaction History File Now Available for Purchase

ARC's Transaction History File containing your agency's transaction data for all of 2013 is now available for purchase on CD. Starting in April 2016, ARC will begin purging the oldest data from ARC's Document Retrieval Service (DRS), which provides online access to the past 39 months of ticketed transaction data.

ARC's Transaction History File provides you with your settled and voided transaction information for all PEDs in 2013. It comes equipped with free viewer software that allows you to easily search for a specific transaction, view it on screen and print it onto a single page. Plus, the software is self-contained—there's nothing to install.

You can import the Transaction History File into several popular software programs, including Microsoft Excel and Access, in order to create reports and manage, sort and analyze the data.

For more information, please contact ARC at 703-816-8530 or email agencyservices@arccorp.com. To learn more, visit http://arccorp.com/solutions/transaction-history-file-agencies.jsp.


Tip of the Week: The Importance of Renewing Passports in 2016

The State Department is urging anyone with passports that expire soon to renew as soon as possible. The State Department is expecting a surge in passport demand which could lead to longer wait times for new passport and renewal applications.

A major reason behind the increase in demand is the Real ID Act, which sets stricter requirements on identification for travel. The act introduces enhanced requirements for state driver’s licenses for travel.

For more information on renewing passports, please visit the ARC MarketPlace Blog article, Why Renewing Passports is Important in 2016.