ARC has expanded its suite of automated credit card processing services to include transactions processed via an API (application programming interface).

The move, explained ARC's director of payment products Joseph Cavanagh, will position ARC for an anticipated increase in direct connect transactions within the travel industry as use of IATA's New Distribution Capability (NDC) expands. 

"We want to get out in front of that," Cavanagh said. "We wanted to make sure that we have an avenue available for agencies and aggregators if they want to go down that road."

The new payments facilitator, called ARC Pay API, extends ARC's automated credit card acceptance abilities to third-party integrators and travel industry organizations, including agencies. It joins ARC's primary automated credit card processing service, which streamlines payments within the GDSs, as well as a third ARC payment platform, which facilitates web-based credit card processing for home-based agents. ARC on Wednesday rebranded the GDS platform, formerly called TASF, as ARC Pay GDS. ARC also rebranded the home-based agent platform, changing its name from Agent's Choice to ARC Pay Hub. 

Cavanagh said that likely users of the new ARC Pay API include travel agencies that are selling air through an NDC aggregator such as ATPCO's NDC Exchange, or via an airline direct connect supported by a company such as Farelogix. The product could also be used by OTAs that want to add payment services, he said.

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