ARC processed its first Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) transaction, the sale of an American Airlines seat upgrade in coach on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to El Paso, Texas.

The transaction occurred via American’s direct-connect technology provider, Farelogix.

ARC described the transaction as "the first sale of an air carrier’s ancillary product by a travel agency processed using an EMD." EMDs allow agencies to process fees for items such as checked baggage or seat upgrades when tickets are purchased.

ARC said it has been EMD-ready since 2010, and is able to accommodate various ancillary charges within a single transaction and link them to multiple legs of an airline ticket.

“When ARC anticipated the sale of ancillary products by travel agents a number of years ago, we triggered a rigorous process ensuring our settlement technology would be prepared for this event,” ARC CEO Mike Premo said in a statement.


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