Travel Agent Communications

PED 10/10/2010

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Flybe Joins ARC

Flybe (BE/267) has joined ARC as a participating carrier effective with sales on October 11, 2010 (PED 10/17/10).

In operation since 1979 with headquarters in Exeter, UK, Flybe offers 206 routes in 13 countries, with a total of 70 departure points. Flybe operates from 38 UK and 32 European Airports including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast, Birmingham, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Isle of Man, London, Manchester, Milan, Nice, Paris, Salzburg and Southampton.

Flybe operates a fleet of Bombadier Dash 8 Q400s and Embraer 195s, and is displayed in Amadeus, Sabre, Worldspan and Galileo. Flybe accepts e-ticketing in all of these GDSs.

Flybe has elected the General Concurrence method of agent appointment whereby all ARC agents are automatically appointed as agents of Flybe unless specifically advised to the contrary by the carrier. Currently, Flybe accepts Cash Only as a form of payment. However, effective PED 10/24/10, Flybe will accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa, UATP as valid forms of payment.

For inquiries, reservations, or sales information, please contact the offices listed below:

Flybe USA
ARC Agent's Support Office
Telephone: +1 201.484.8036
e-Mail: BE@groupsystemsamerica.com

Document Retrieval Service Modification

Over the next several weeks, the ARC Document Retrieval Service (DRS) will be modified to store Initial data for 18 months instead of 39 months as has been the past standard. This change impacts only Initial sales transactions received from the GDSs for purposes of loading to IAR and ARC Compass®. This change does not impact Settled transactions, which will continue to be available for 39 months.

Reducing the amount of stored Initial DRS data will allow that additional storage space to be repurposed and better utilized. This is a minimal change for DRS users because only 1/10th of 1% of all DRS searches are of Initial data that is older than 18 months.

DRS continues to be a free service that provides immediate access to over 3 years of IAR-reported ticketing data in a paperless format in accordance with PCI standards. Please contact our Customer Care Center with any questions at +1 703.816.8003 or ccchelp@arccorp.com.


Carrier Credit Card Acceptance Roundup

Effective with sales issued on October 11, 2010 (PED 10/17/10), Air Moldova (9U/572) accepts Diners Club Intl as a valid form of payment through ARC.

Effective with sales issued on October 11, 2010 (PED 10/17/10), Arik Air accepts American Express as a valid form of payment through ARC.

Effective with sales issued on October 11, 2010 (PED 10/17/10), Air Choice One accepts MasterCard and Visa as valid forms of payment through ARC.

Effective with sales issued on October 11, 2010 (PED 10/17/10), Austrian Airlines (OS/257), China Airlines (CI/297), Eva Airways (BR/695) and Philippine Airlines (PR/079) no longer accept JCB as a valid form of payment through ARC.


2010 Quarterly Transaction Fees - 3rd Quarter

This is a reminder that the agent/CTD transaction fee is assessed on a quarterly basis. In 2010, the quarterly fee is set at $.020 (2 cents) per transaction. Agencies reporting an aggregate of less than 1,000 transactions per quarter will not be assessed transaction fees. The maximum number of transactions for which an agency can be charged in a quarter is 2.0 million transactions per entity. A separate debit representing this fee will be drawn on or after October 21, 2010, against your ARC designated bank account. Only one draft will be issued for consolidated drafting agents.


ARC Specialist Training This November in New Orleans

Need to recertify or earn your ARC Specialist certificate? This November in New Orleans, ARC is offering training and testing for ARC Specialist certification at the discounted rate of $250.00!

The program provides education on ARC's policies, procedures, products, and services, while students participate in written and verbal exercises in addition to group discussions. A certificate of training completion is presented at the end of the session. Please click here to register for the training.


ARC MarketPlace Webinar: Getting the Most out of Booking Car Rentals

Join our expert presenter on October 20th at 1pm (EST) for an informative session on the keys to using ARC MarketPlace's car rental component. Learn how competitive rates and packaging car rentals with other ARC MarketPlace components can add up to sizeable commissions. A full-service rental option, ARC MarketPlace features a wide range of vehicles from economy to luxury, compact to convertible. With offerings from more than 500 leading and independent car rental providers in 135 countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, there's a lot to cover.

Sign up here Wednesday, October 20, 2010 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST and mark your calendar - space is limited!

You'll receive login/call-in instructions via e-mail, after registration and prior to the training. We look forward to your participation!


Tip of the Week: Granting IAR Access to Users in My ARC

Don't forget that when you grant IAR tool access in My ARC that the user will at that point have View Only status in IAR. The IAR Administrator needs to then go into IAR and assign the user a User Role and User Group.

To do this, in IAR the Administrator clicks on the Administrations tab and then selects the User profile to edit.

  • Once in the User Profile, select a User Role from the dropdown menu
  • Select a User group from the Available Groups column and move it to the Selected Groups column
  • Click the Submit button

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Customer Care Center at +1 703.816.8003 or ccchelp@arccorp.com.


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