Travel agents will benefit from a choice of lodging options and comprehensive rates, as well as enhanced commission program, as a result of Amadeus’ new deal with CCRA Travel Solutions. CCRA was selected as the hotel content provider for Amadeus Vacation Link, a booking portal that enables leisure travel agents in the U.S. and Canada to book high-profit, commissionable vacation travel.
The Amadeus agreement with CCRA will help ensure that Amadeus Vacation Link users have the widest choice of lodging options delivered via an efficient and intuitive platform in combination with a compelling commercial program, Amadeus says.
“With this new agreement, Amadeus Vacation Link agents can access and book all five rate categories available on CCRATravel.com at over 160,000 hotels— all in a single, integrated search without leaving the Vacation Link site,” said Mai Meyaart, vice president and managing director of CCRA.
Hotel content for Amadeus Vacation Link will be provided through CCRA’s proprietary hotel booking portal, CCRAtravel.com. CCRA works with a variety of vendors to provide agents with a comprehensive rate options in the industry.
Agents who book hotels through Vacation Link will also qualify for COMMISSION/Express, CCRA’s weekly commission reconciliation and payment program.
CCRAtravel.com was developed in 2005 as an alternative booking tool for travel agents without access to the GDS. It currently offers agents a choice of up to five rate categories from a single search. Rate options include net rates that agents can mark up, online rates, CCRA-negotiated rates, a wide range of GDS-available rates, and a new 15 percent enhanced commission rate.
Amadeus Vacation Link is a single point-of-sale, agent portal for booking cruises, vacation packages, tours, as well as consolidator airfares, activities and entertainment. Amadeus premiered Vacation Link in April 2009 and currently has 2,500 agent users. All features of Amadeus Vacation Link are available free to travel professionals in North America regardless of their GDS affiliation.