ARC Accredited Agencies have access to ARC's first-class financial settlement service and the ARC Accredited Agency Toolkit, including ARC's credit card and service fee processing program; commissionable and business products; and services like fraud prevention. And of course, your own ARC number.
As an Accredited Agent, tickets can be issued directly through a GDS, and settled through ARC and your customer travels!
There are now over 200 carriers participating in ARCs settlement plan, and that number grows every year.
ARC Provides webinars and updates throughout the year. And, tailors the training to meet our agencies needs.
ARC takes measures to alert agents of new fraud methods and to prevent our agents from becoming the victim in complex fraud schemes.
ARC settles the transaction from the agents to the carriers, including drafts for cash tickets sold, or remittance from the carriers to the agents.
Through a GDS, agents book travel on any participating ARC carrier, issue service fees for travel services, and have it all settled weekly by ARC.
Applicants undergo ARC's comprehensive approval process. Some requirements of ARC Accredited Agency participation include the following:
Location – Your agency must be located in and authorized to do business in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or American Samoa.
Financials – You must provide a bond, letter of credit or cash deposit in the minimum amount of $20,000
Personnel – Your agency must fulfill and meet specific personnel requirements these standards noted in Part II-8 of the Agent Reporting Agreement (ARA)
Ticketing – Your agency must meet the ticketing security standards of Section B of the Industry Agents' Handbook (IAH)
Application – You must complete and submit ARC’s ARC Accredited Agency Application Agreement
If your agency does not meet these requirements, please consider our Verified Travel Consultant (VTC) program.
Check out the most frequently asked questions about the ARC Accredited Agency program.