Pay lower this year on BritRail bookings March 16, 2001 Share 1 -- WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- One thing Rail Europe will not be doing for agents this year is paying them an 8% commission on BritRail pass bookings, as it has in the past, but instead will dole out a 5% commission. The change came about in January when Rail Europe lost its exclusive distribution contract with BritRail to Montreal-based ACP marketing."The economics of the new deal with BritRail forced us into this position," said Bernard Frelat, Rail Europe's president."What we are getting for selling the product is 40% less than what we had received when we had the contract," Frelat added.In 2000, Rail Europe's BritRail business amounted to $30.2 million."We are trying to salvage the impact this reduction might have on agents and will run several promotions with a higher commission," Frelat said.For instance, Rail Europe is running a $5 bonus commission program through April 30 on Web bookings for the Eurailpass, Eurail Selectpass, Europass and BritRail Pass.BritRail, with offices in Hoboken, N.J., pays 10% commission on CRS bookings; 9% on passes booked through either the Web site or the call center, and 8% on point-to-point booking made through the Web or the call center.CIT and DER both pay 10% commission on BritRail passes and 8% on BritRail point-to-point bookings.