USACA Offers New Airfare Quote Feature
(Dive Travel Business News - June 15, 2010) -- The United States Air Consolidator Association (USACA) has implemented a new feature on its website that allows travel professionals to receive prices from multiple USACA member consolidators with one easy tool. The new USACA-RFQ program permits the travel agent to fill out an itinerary request for one way, open jaw and round trip itineraries. Upon submission, the itinerary is then sent to each USACA consolidator who can evaluate the request and provide the agent with a quote. Launched just last week, the USACA-RFQ system handled over 200 requests for quotes from travel agents on its first day of production.
"USACA saw an opportunity to provide a very valuable service to the agency community", says Akshay Shah, USACA president. "Travel agents can now very quickly and efficiently receive multiple quotes with a single inquiry, and the USACA membership is able to establish a relationship with many travel agents that might otherwise have gone elsewhere. It's a real win-win situation."
The USACA-RFQ system consists of a very easy to use form located at USACA's web site. Most inquiries will receive multiple responses well within a 24 hour turnaround, and typically much quicker. Each USACA member consolidator has a special team of reservation agents responding to RFQ inquiries.
Shah indicates that consolidator fares are appropriate for all international travel, such as FITs, escorted tours, foreign cruise ports, student travel and humanitarian travel. "Consolidator airfares remain one of the most profitable products for the travel professional", says Shah. "Moreover, the agent's client often receives a terrific break over published fares. Many of our fares are commissionable, while others are net and allow the agent to add their own commission."
It is the mission of the United States Air Consolidator Association (USACA) to serve as the national trade association for those air consolidator businesses which provide their travel agent customers with integrity, trust and reliability. USACA requires that each member transacts at least $20 million annually in air consolidation in conjunction with scheduled airlines; is incorporated in the United States for at least two years, and has never filed for bankruptcy or ceased operation. USACA serves as the national trade association for airline ticket consolidators committed to integrity, trust and reliability. It is an association of the airline consolidator members, not travel agents, therefore any travel agent may freely and confidently look to USACA members for consolidated airline tickets.
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