Technology 2-3-2006

Show Me the Money

By: J.L. Erickson

Amid the rapidly changing travel technology scene, it can be challenging to keep up. TravelAge West wants to help you stay on top of the latest tools and trends to keep your business thriving. If you have a question about a technology issue you face, want to learn more about a trend or new product or have a tech tip or trick you’d like to share, e-mail us at We’ll work with experts in the industry to try to get answers and bring you the latest in upcoming issues.

Moving to aid travel agency subscribers, Worldspan recently teamed with Norway-based Net Trans Services to offer an end-to-end commission service for hotel bookings designed to speed and more efficiently track commission revenues and reconciliations.

Commissions are processed for both IATA- and TID-approved locations, and no additional software or hardware is required. Once an agency establishes an Active Commission account with Net Trans, Worldspan will automatically provide hotel booking information from PNRs through a special interface routing to the Active Commission system for tracking and reconciliation.
Hotel reservations booked worldwide via Worldspan, including itinerary changes, are collected by Active Commission and processed early in the month following hotel checkout dates.

Once commissions are collected, the agency receives consolidated payments through a bank transfer deposited by Net Trans into the agency’s designated bank account, in the agency’s currency of choice. Agencies are able to check commission tracking status in real time through a password-protected Web site.

“Agencies using Active Commission benefit in several ways, including faster receipt of commission payments, reduced transaction charges from banks, improved efficiency on hotel payment procedures and lower administration and accounting costs all of which improve agency profitability through increased revenue and reduced costs,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president of Hospitality and Destination Services.

The Active Commission service is available immediately with a special introductory offer enabling travel agencies to use the service at no charge from now until June 2006.