Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: May 8, 2006

VAX VACATIONACCESS, a vacation-package booking system for agents, rolled out VAX VacationAccess Air Only, a program that provides full-content access to air inventory on eight major airlines. The firm said it created the airline booking system, which is powered by G2 SwitchWorks, at the request of agents, particularly home-based retailers. The booking engine enables sellers to shop across multiple airlines without leaving the VAX VacationAccess platform and does not require additional logins or passwords.

PARTICIPATING AIRLINES include Alaska Airlines, America West Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways. Many of VAX VacationAccess home-based and independent agents asked us to add an air-only booking engine to the platform, said John Ische, president and CEO of Trisept Solutions, owner of VAX VacationAccess. Were glad to meet the need of this growing agency segment.

 

THE PROGRAM drew praise from at-home retailer Gary Crawley, owner of Greater Vacation Travel in Manassas, Va. It was quite easy to use. It showed me good flight options. No special registration or ARC status is needed to use VAX VacationAccess Air Only. Agents can log into VAX VacationAccess and select Air Only from the Reservations drop-down menu.

EDUCATION UPDATE: Cruise and Travel University was approved for the second year by the Travel Institute to provide eight continuing education units to certified travel industry executives, certified travel counselors and certified travel associates who complete the program. Get details at www.cruiseandtravelagentsonly.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Mexico

Dates valid: Through May 31 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: Royal Hideaway Playacar, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Cost: $125 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Covers accommodations, nonmotorized water sports, all taxes and gratuities.

Noteworthy: The resort is celebrating its reopening after post-Hurricane Wilma renovations.

Contact: (800) 999-9182; Web: www.royalhideaway.com.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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