How to become an IATA Agent. Every industry has its own regulator – an authority that sets standards and improves cooperation inside. The air travel industry is no exception.
IATA stands for International Air Transport Association. Its main goal is to regulate distribution-related activities for airlines and commercial aviation. These activities include fare calculations, revenue allocation, and baggage rules.
But how are IATA and travel agencies connected? Why do travel businesses that issue airline tickets have to be IATA-accredited? What are the options for businesses of different sizes and how is IATA-accreditation accomplished? Let’s explore the possibilities.
IATA proposes efficient solutions to travel professionals.
Billing and Payment Services
- Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) Settlement of passenger sales from travel agents to airlines
- BSPlink: Global web-interface for travel agents and airlines – Access to IATA BSP functionalities – Facilitates participant’s interaction
- Travel Agent Services Fees (TASF): Facilitated fee collection – Competitive credit card rates that are reliable and flexible How to become an IATA Agent
Helping you improve service to your customers
TIM (Travel Information Manual) is the world’s leading source for information on air travel requirements. TIM is a must for all involved in the travel industry. This unique manual lists rules and regulations for more than 216 countries on subjects such as:
- Health information
- Airport tax
- Customs and currencies
Today, IATA decides who should distribute air travel products and how they should go about it. It supervises travel businesses by suggesting standards. For instance, IATA codes are used everywhere traveling and aviation intersect. Think airline designator codes for reservations, ticketing, scheduling, and documentation; a prefix code to classify passengers and cargo; a baggage tag issuer code to simplify baggage handling; and a location code for easier package handling. These codes are even relevant to those airlines that haven’t signed an agreement with IATA.
Back in the 1920s when the mushrooming travel agencies started distributing flight tickets, they acted as clearinghouses or a middleman between travelers and airlines. In addition to spreading vouchers, travel agencies were responsible for smooth money transactions. When IATA emerged in 1945, it took over these processes and became a mediator between travel agencies and airlines.
That is how IATA accreditation was introduced. It exists to safeguard airlines and monitor the revenue flow. So, in order to get access to airline inventories, a travel agency is supposed to undergo verification by IATA. In this case, an airline won’t have to check an agency over again every time an agent connects to the carrier’s reservation system. If a distributor is IATA-accredited, it’s a reliable partner.
On top of that, IATA processes all sales reports between an airline and an agency through its Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) – a system created to streamline selling, reporting, and transferring operations for IATA-accredited agents.
IATA accreditation is a seal of approval recognized worldwide. We are committed to working with all travel agencies to improve customer service and choice.
Are you based in the USA? All resources for Travel Agents are available on the IATAN website
For the rest of the world, please see below.
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