ARC said U.S. travel agencies sold $94.8 billion in airline tickets in 2018, up 7.1% from the $88.5 billion sold the year prior. ARC sales include traditional agencies and OTAs.

Agencies settled 295.5 million passenger trips, up nearly 3% from 287.7 million passenger trips in 2017.

While the number of domestic trips increased less than 1%, the number of international passenger trips increased 7.3%, ARC said.

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) sales, mainly for upgraded seats, was $78 million in 2018, a 2% increase. The number of EMD transactions fell 1.5%.

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