True to form, this year has been busy for the CCRA team. Highlighted by our first ever multi-day conference, commissionable car bookings on TripSet.com, and a new partnership with SITA World Tours, CCRA continues its mission of helping travel advisors grow their business through innovative events, partnerships, and booking tools.
Today, CCRA is thrilled to announce the launch of our newest offering on TripSet.com, commissionable and private airfares! Now, agents can use Tripset.com to book and earn more revenue on hotels, rental cars, and flights for their clients.
Adding Commissionable and Private Airfares to TripSet.com
After launching TripSet.com in 2018, CCRA immediately began gathering feedback from our agencies and quickly learned that booking commissionable air was a major challenge. Comparing fares across sources in order to get the best price for clients was incredibly time-consuming, tracking down commissions was a struggle, and sometimes the commission payouts were so low that it was barely worth the time and energy in the first place. With these challenges in mind, CCRA partnered with airfare consolidator Sky Bird Travel & Tours to build a better way for travel advisors to earn revenue on flights.
“Adding commissionable and private airfares to TripSet is a pivotal value-add for our agents. We look forward to continuing to build out a next-generation booking platform, and we believe our agents will be thrilled with the powerful new ability to earn more revenue on air.”– CCRA’s President and CEO, Dic Marxen
Today is the next evolution of TripSet.com with the addition of commissionable and private airfares. Now, you can quickly find the best possible airfares for your clients, earn competitive wholesale commissions, or markup your own commissions - all while streamlining your bookings and commission payouts for air, hotel, and cars in one user-friendly booking engine.
For GDS booking agencies holding a full ARC/IATA accreditation, we recommend joining the free CCRA Commissionable Air program.
How TripSet Air works
With TripSet.com's new air booking platform, you'll spend less time finding flights, make more money, and still be your clients' hero for finding low fares! When looking for flights, the platform performs a search across every GDS, finding you more tickets below published prices, and allowing you to make bookings in real time with 90+ partner airlines.
With private fares, also referred to as net or wholesale fares, making up over 80% of our flight inventory, you have the ability to set your own hidden markups and compare them against our highly competitive commission rates to see which option earns you more money. While you'll find that most of our international flights are commissionable, our private fares are discounted in most cases by at least the available commission on an equivalent published fare, allowing you to make even more revenue on international itineraries. Plus, you can optionally add agent service fees to any domestic or international flight, regardless of the fare type.
If you need to make a change, you won't have to pick up the phone. TripSet Air allows you to change or cancel a reservation, add a meal request, or include a TSA Pre-check number all directly from the booking portal. You can also view PNRs and past bookings right inside your account, placing all of your reservations at your fingertips.
To ensure you're paid on-time, every time, commission payments are processed weekly, and you don't have to wait until after travel occurs. Optionally, you can route your commissions to your bank account by signing up for EFT (electronic funds transfer), saving you time and creating a seamless way to receive payments.
TripSet Air also offers 24/7 multi-language support from on-call agents via phone and email, so you can always get your questions answered quickly and never miss a fare or ticketing time limit.
To start earning more revenue on every flight you book, register for TripSet Air today! Subscribe to our blog to stay tuned for additional updates and product features.
Launched in October 2018, TripSet.com is CCRA's free booking engine designed to help travel agencies streamline their bookings, commission payouts, and agent management in one convenient place. With the addition of rental car bookings in December 2018, TripSet made agents' lives even better with 11% commission on rental cars. Now, with commissionable and private airfares, there's no reason agencies would have to book anywhere else.
Registration for TripSet.com is free for all accredited travel agencies. Agents who want to register for the platform must hold their own ARC/IATA/CLIA/TRUE in their agency’s name in order to qualify. Once an agency applies and is approved, the agency's ICs can sign up and will be activated upon approval from the travel agency owner.