The International Air Transport Association amended Resolution 890 in November to allow agents to pay carriers with cards in agencies' own names "if permitted by the airline." Such permission is not coming from the largest European carriers.
The U.S. Supreme Court today decided that provisions in American Express' contracts that prevent its card-accepting merchants from steering consumers to cheaper forms of payment do not violate antitrust law.
The International Air Transport Association submitted a letter in response to an article last week on Resolution 890 and an upcoming airline member vote on whether to allow agents to pay using their own payment cards.
International Air Transport Association member airlines will collectively allow accredited travel agents to pay for tickets with their own payment cards for the first time.
The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe.
Before American Express acquired chatbot builder Mezi, three travel management companies—Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and WTMC—had partnered with the tech startup for their own message-based offerings. Five months after the payment company acquired it, Mezi has wound down work with TMCs.
Travel agents accredited by the International Air Transport Association could be allowed to pay airlines using their own cards for the first time if carriers approve a significant change to the association's contentious Resolution 890.