Sabre and its payment partner, Conferma, have enabled the Sabre Virtual Payment solution for airline tickets. The tool is available to agents in the Sabre Red Workspace.

The integration enables agents to generate virtual cards in the payment process. The option to pay using virtual cards will be listed along with previously existing payment methods: credit cards, cash and checks.

Sabre called virtual cards "the new black" for airline ticket payments, noting agents' abilities to set credit limits and date restrictions as well as define merchant categories. According to Sabre, virtual cards help reduce the risk of fraud.

Year over year, the number of travel agencies using virtual cards has increased 130%, Sabre said. That growth is expected to continue through 2017.

"For each air ticket, the traditional forms of payment challenge travel agents with high risk of fraud, exposing corporate accounts and requiring extra time for reconciliation," Neil Fyfe, vice president of Virtual Payments at Sabre, said in a statement. "A more secure and efficient way to pay is now available for Sabre-connected agencies, and it is part of the core reservation flow in the Sabre Red Workspace and Sabre APIs."

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