Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
CCRA Travel Solutions - a leading provider of global business-related solutions for travel suppliers and travel professionals – today announced the expansion of its air program by introducing CCRA AirSelect Central. CCRA AirSelect Central is a web-based air booking engine that currently offers over 30 preferred international airlines that may be booked online by CCRA registered travel agencies, including home-based agencies and non-GDS agencies. The new service complements the existing CCRA AirSelect Direct program, designed for ARC Ticket Reporting agencies that book air via a GDS.
Through the CCRA AirSelect Central booking engine, travel agencies can book domestic and international airlines with auto-ticketing available 24/7, and receive commissions of up to 25 percent for qualifying reservations from CCRA preferred international airline partners. Agencies will then receive 80 percent of the total air commissions earned. The commissionable airlines may be easily identified during the online booking process through a “CCRA Preferred” icon. AirSelect Central also allows travel agencies to add their own service fee at the time of purchase. Once bookings have been made through the AirSelect Central booking engine, CCRA will handle the ticket fulfillment and will reconcile air carrier commission payments and service fees to travel agencies, which will be paid every other week. Travel agencies may access online reporting at anytime to receive up-to-date information on commissions and service fees owed, tickets issued, traveler information, and confirmed or cancelled bookings.
“Our AirSelect programs will increase travel agency sales via preferred international air carrier commissions and service fees,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions. “Similar to our well-known hotel booking portal, our new AirSelect Central booking engine is unique in that it offers commissionable air booking capabilities to all agencies, including home-based travel agencies and non-GDS agencies. Our Air Partner Solutions Division (APS) has already established more than 30 preferred partner contracts with leading airlines around the world. APS will continue to negotiate with international airlines that will provide agencies with commissionable booking opportunities.”
CCRA’s AirSelect products will help travel professionals earn additional profits, grow their businesses, and be more competitive in the marketplace. By regularly checking the CCRA Air Partner Solutions webpage and the CCRA Travel Agent Blog, travel agents will have access to airline news, promotions, specials, educational webinars and podcasts. Travel agent familiarization trips will also be featured that utilize CCRA’s Preferred International Airline Partners and Preferred Hotel Partners.
The new AirSelect Central booking engine is available to qualified travel agencies and travel agents who are members of OSSN, TRUE, ARC, CLIA or IATA. There is no annual registration fee to use the new online booking portal for travel agents who meet CCRA’s registration criteria. To register or obtain more information, travel agents may visit: http://www.ccra.com/asc.
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Solutions has been a global solutions provider in the Travel Industry for forty years bringing together professional travel agencies and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, CCRA Global Business Development, CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions, and CCRA Air Partner Solutions. CCRAtravel.com is CCRA’s proprietary hotel reservation booking engine that provides real-time rates and availability at over 180,000 hotels worldwide and allows travel agents to choose from up to five rate categories on a single search including: GDS rates, CCRA Preferred rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. Additionally, CCRA offers a variety of marketing opportunities to suppliers interested in reaching over 30,000 professional travel planners. In 2014 CCRA acquired the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), a leading travel industry trade association representing and supporting the independent travel agents, home based travel agencies, independent contractor sellers of travel and the outside sales travel agent; as well as Travel Retail Universal Enumeration, Inc. (TRUE); For more information, visit http://www.ccra.com.