IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION

Requirements for Domestic and Regional Travel during Covid19 More Details

AIRLINK (4Z) ADM POLICY EFFECTIVE 08 DECEMBER 2019

Airlink publishes, as per IATA requirements, its Agent Debit Memo (ADM) Policy to Travel Agents to ensure the reasons for issuance of ADM’s by Airlink is understood and can be avoided and to explain the guidelines that will be applied by Airlink.

Airlink will be performing a sales audit to monitor ticketing accuracy and compliance to the airlines policies and procedures and adherence to the Conditions of Carriage as set out by Airlink. GDS abuse will also be included in the sales audit.

This policy applies to all services sold on 749 ticket stock by travel agents and any person or entity accessing Airlink internal reservation system content via the Internet or any other electronic means. It is the responsibility of the GDS subscribers to ensure that all of its employees, agents and contractors, in all of its locations, are familiar with this policy.

Airlink will issue ADMs/invoices to collect amounts or make adjustments to all Travel Agents and Staff transactions with regards to the bookings, ticketing, sales and refunds as per IATA Res 850M and 830A.

Compliance with this policy is mandatory to maintain integrity in Airlink Revenue Accounting Systems and compliance with IATA Standards.

Airlink does not encourage any deviations from conditions set out in the policy document as well as our conditions of carriage.

The scope of the audit is not exhaustive and will be applied to the context mentioned in the ADM matrix below.

The following matrix allows for a transparent overview of the circumstances under which an Agency Debit Memo or Internal Debit Memo will be issued to booking/ticketing Agents and defines various violations/non-compliance practices. These guidelines that Airlink will apply is to ensure the proper issuance of tickets in compliance with our tariffs, rules, general conditions of carriage and other instructions provided by the airline.

Violations:


Churning

Scope of Audit: The act of repeatedly cancelling & rebooking the same/different itinerary for the same/different classes across one or more GDS’s, is defined as Churning. If segments a PNR are rebooked more than 4 times after cancellation by TTL or the airline, an ADM will be raised for the excessive churn cost amount.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Abuse penalty of R390.00 plus VAT per segment per passenger will be applied to the 5th and consecutive times. This is regardless if the PNR was ticketed afterwards.


High Cancellation Rate

Scope of Audit: A cancellation of more than 75% of the bookings for flights departing within the month, regardless of the time the bookings were Generated.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: A fee of R390.00 plus VAT will be applied per passenger segment booked above the 75% limit.


Under collections of Fares, TFC & charges

Scope of Audit: Example: Fare is R1000 which is ticketed at a lower fare of R500 or the fare quote provided by Airlink, but ticketing outside the time limit provided which rendered the quote expired.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: The fare/TFC/Charges difference + Admin Fee of R390.00 plus VAT


Fictitious, Test or Training Bookings

Scope of Audit: Verification of bookings created with fictitious names and ticket numbers.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: R390.00 plus VAT per segment, per passenger.


Booking Class Violation

Scope of Audit: RBD “M” Class booking made with a “XOW” fare basis, an agent has booked in a class with a higher availability and a very low fare class.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Should the passenger travel on the higher booking class, the difference between the ticketed fare and the booking class travelled will be collected – provided that it is combinable. In addition, an admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT will be charged per person, per sector.


Speculative Bookings

Scope of Audit: Bookings made when no definite passengers exists, in anticipation of possible sale. Bookings created in higher classes that are released close to departure to make seats available in lower classes.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fixed amount of R390.00 plus VAT, per passenger, per segment.


Fare Rules and Condition

Scope of Audit: Non-adherence to specified fare rules as stipulated by Airlink E.g. Flight restrictions, Min/ Max stay, fare sale period (high/ low season), advanced purchase etc.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fixed amount of R390.00 plus VAT, per passenger, per segment.


Private and Corporate Fare Abuse

Scope of Audit: Where we have Private or other special fares, and agent does not adhere to the Passenger eligibility criteria or fare rules and conditions.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Difference between fare paid & 1st unrestricted published fare in the same cabin plus the admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT per ticket.


Bookings & Ticketing of Infants and Child

Scope of Audit: INF/CHD indicator not endorsed on ticket according to standard IATA ticketing resolutions. PAX travelling with Infant must have INF SSR present and confirmed in the PNR.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fixed amount of R390.00 plus VAT, per passenger per segment.


CIP Violation

Scope of Audit: When a carriers CIP is selected, ensure that all subsequent voluntary exchange/reissues must remain on the original issuing carrier. Normal CIP rules shall apply.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Admin Fee of R390.00 plus VAT per ticket.


Contractual Missing or Incorrect Information on the Ticket

Scope of Audit: Such as but not limited to; Corporate Information Ticket Designator/tour code Special fare basis Missing EMD number on the Ticket Fare Calculation box in case of reissue.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT in addition to any other applicable ADM or difference in fare etc.


Commissions

Scope of Audit: Incorrect calculation/ application of commissions E.g. 7.01% claimed when 1.01% is applicable.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: The difference in over-claimed commission will be charged plus R390.00 plus VAT for the admin.


Group Bookings/Authorizations

Scope of Audit: Conditions specified in the 4Z group’s contract will be audited such as fare, taxes, surcharges, number of passengers travelling (minimum 10 passengers). Non materialization of group (less than 10 clients travelling) are charged retrospectively per ADM for each NoShow/cancelled passenger. Abuse of the authorization number for different classes/flights & tickets that do not conform to the original authorization.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An ADM of R550.00 plus VAT, per ticket, shall be charged.


Cross Border Selling

Scope of Audit: Cross border selling is the practice of selling the ticket with a fictitious point of origin or destination in order to undercut the applicable fare. This practice is in contravention of the industry resolutions and applicable tariffs and fares, even if requested by the PAX.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An ADM for applicable fare difference plus R390.00 plus VAT Admin Fee. Airlink may withdraw the agency ticketing authority (CIP).


Baggage

Scope of Audit: Incorrect Baggage charge, ticket reflects 40kg in baggage allowance and the PAX is entitled to 30kg only. As well as excess baggage under collected/not charged.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: The Kilograms in excess/under collected will be calculated according to Airlink excess baggage policy and charged accordingly plus the Admin Fee of R390.00 plus VAT.


VAT on Commission

Scope of Audit: Agent must remember that in the event of a refund the commission portion returned to the airline, VAT will be applicable.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Collection of Vat applicable plus the admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT.


No Show Segment for A Void/Refund Ticket

Scope of Audit: Verification of holding bookings with voided/refunded/fictitious tickets without cancelling the booking.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An R550.00 admin fee per sector, per passenger for any unticketed/voided/refunded tickets with booking still live in the system. In addition, NO SHOW Charges will apply as per fare rules.


Schedule Change

Scope of Audit: Segments created due to schedule changes should be cancelled by the agent to avoid double costs. Unactioned Schedule change costs are very expensive and must be cleared from the queues and in accordance with IATA standards.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: R550.00 plus VAT will be applicable. Should any additional abuse continually occur in this regard, the 4Z ticketing authority will be reviewed.


Duplicate PNRS by Same Agent or Duplicate Segments

Scope of Audit: Verification on created duplicate PNRS for same passenger. 4Z does not allow customers to hold more than one reservation to/for travel on, or around the same date for bookings created by the same agent. Creating multiple one way itineraries for 1 pax in the same PNR is PROHIBITED. In case of cancellation of duplicate bookings by 4Z, a fixed amount per pax, per segment will be raised.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fixed Admin fee of R550.00 plus VAT per passenger, per segment.


Fare Violation for Tickets Issued with Open Status

Scope of Audit: Validation on purchased tickets with open/request status where confirmed reservation is required.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fare difference to first higher fare where Wait List (WL) is permitted plus the admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT.


Reissue Violation/Uncollected Change Fee

Scope of Audit: Validation on reissued documents.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fare/tax/ commission difference plus Admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT.


Minimum Connecting Time (MCT) Violation

Scope of Audit: Verification on bookings that undercut required MCT.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fixed admin fee of R550.00 plus VAT, per passenger.


Refund Violation

Scope of Audit: Validation on documents claimed for refund, duplicate refund check. Incorrect refund amount applied.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Fare/Tax & commission difference plus R440.00 refund admin fee, plus VAT.


Split Bookings

Scope of Audit: Any abusive use of split bookings which overrides the ticketing time limit (TTL) generated by the robot to benefit from a more lenient ticket time limit will be liable to a fixed ADM amount per passenger and per 4Z flight segment.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An Admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT, per passenger, per segment.


Split Bookings

Scope of Audit: Any abusive use of split bookings which overrides the ticketing time limit (TTL) generated by the robot to benefit from a more lenient ticket time limit will be liable to a fixed ADM amount per passenger and per 4Z flight segment.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: An Admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT, per passenger, per segment.


Credit Card Charge Back

Scope of Audit: In case Airlink is debited by the credit card acquirer for purchase rejection by passenger, credit card misuse or fraud case on a ticket issued by the agent, Airlink will charge the agent for the cost. The agent is always responsible for checking the validity of the credit card and to ensure that the card holders signature is provided or to secure the eligible website for e-tickets purchase.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Airlink will charge the agent for the entire cost of the chargeback plus a R550.00 Admin Fee plus VAT.


Ticket Not Reported/Miscellaneous

Scope of Audit: In case of discrepancy in the sales information/reporting of agents, an ADM is issued. This can be due to reasons such as an unreported ticket or cases in which flown tickets are missing in BSP/ARC sales reporting.

Outcome: A Debit memo will be raised to the Booking/ Ticketing agent.

Cost Recovery Fee: Value of unreported sale plus an admin fee of R390.00 plus VAT.

Travel Agents obligations are described in IATA Resolution 824 and ARC ARA in which it is stated that all tickets must be issued in compliance with the Carriers fares, conditions, general conditions of carriage and written instructions provided to them.

  • Train their staff to comply with Airlink booking policy guidelines as well as the IATA Resolutions and ARC -ARA -ADM Procedures.
  • Make available the Carriers‟ General Conditions of Carriage “to the customer and advise the customer of the fare conditions, eligibility - when required, and free baggage allowance.
  • Inform customers that Airlink will only honor flight coupons if used in sequence and from the point of origin as displayed on the ticket. Otherwise the ticket will be rendered invalid, customer denied boarding and no refund will be accepted.
  • Inform customers that at any time, customers could be charged the fare difference (plus change fee, if applicable) between the paid travel plan and the effective one, or risk denied boarding. Travel Agents should take payments systematically for any changes made to the original booking.
  • Inform the Carrier of all Pseudo City Codes (PCC) / office IDs linked, bridged or emulated to its main agent codes. The carrier will hold the agent fully responsible for all bookings made by all PCCs/office IDs linked to their agent codes.
  • Action all queues on a daily basis and delete all HX, NO, UC, UN & US segments 24hrs prior to departure to minimize GDS costs.
  • Action all TK segments daily and advise clients accordingly.
  • Reservations must consist of the full names of each customer as per the customer’s ID/Passport.
  • Reservations/ticketing training in “live” PNRs is not permitted, only in the GDS training mode.
  • Use fare levels and fare basis as stipulated by the carrier. All fares must be updated and applicable at date of ticketing.
  • Inform passengers that the Airline reserves the right to collect any differences in taxes implemented by respective Government Authorities.
  • Ensure that the baggage allowance on the ticket is in accordance with the fare conditions and the GDS.
  • Agents subscribed to multiple GDS must issue tickets in the same GDS where the booking is made and not generate unnecessary GDS costs.
  • Check passenger’s eligibility for Private and other special fares (e.g. Seaman, Corporate, staff, etc.) or Tour Operator (TO) fares, before issuing a ticket and to inform the passenger that the proof of eligibility may be requested by the Airline at any time. The Airline reserves the right to settle with the customer or alternatively an ADM shall be raised to the respective Travel Agent.
  • To ensure that when an ADM is disputed, the response is specific, in-depth and the relevant supporting information is sent to Airlink.
  • To raise all disputes as per BSP/ARC guidelines applicable.

In compliance with IATA Resolution 850M and ARC ARA processes,

  • An ADM can be sent out by the airline via BSP/ARC Link within 9 months after final travel date. When final travel date cannot be established, expiry date of the document will be used.
  • After this period, payments will be settled directly between the travel agent and the airline. In line with IATA Resolution 850m, Airlink will send ADMs via BSP/ARC link with no financial consequences during the latency period (14 days or period fixed by the local BSP/ARC -link organization).
  • When making a dispute, a valid and clear justification must be provided at all times otherwise the dispute cannot be handled. Responsible behavior in case of ADM disputes is required from both the Travel Agent /OTAs and the Airline staff.
  • Please mention your contact details for an efficient handling by 4Z.
  • Airlink will reply to your dispute within 60 days (in consistency with IATA Resolution and ARC ARA procedures) giving a clear explanation of acceptance or denial of the dispute.
  • Should Airlink reject a dispute and Agent wants 4Z to re-investigate, agent is requested to respond to 4Z within 14 days to provide additional new information. Otherwise ADM will be submitted for settlement to BSP/ARC link.
  • For non BSP/ARC cases, the ADMs shall be circulated by the respective local Airlink office.

  • An ADM relates to a specific transaction and will not be used to group unrelated transactions together. However more than one charge can be included in an ADM if the reason for the charge is the same and a detailed supporting list is provided with the ADM.
  • No more than one ADM will normally be raised in relation to the same original ticket issuance. When more than one ADM is raised in relation to the same ticket, it shall be specified for a different adjustment to previous issues.
  • Except where otherwise agreed in the local market, ADMs will not be used to collect third party costs not directly associated with the initial ticket issuance of passenger journey.
  • However GDS wastage costs form an exception and will be settled through ADMs.
  • In case deviations of the fare rules are found on tickets during an audit process, Airlink will systematically generate ADMs reflecting value of difference between the applicable fare and the applied fare.

  • The minimum amount, for which an ADM is raised, is $10.
  • Airlink can issue one ADM with multiple reasons for one original ticket in regard to minimum amount. In case of persistent practices of under collection (multiple occurrences of underpayments of less than USD 1 by the same IATA/ARC Agent, 4Z reserves the right to recover these underpayments by issuing an ADM.
  • In case of ADM related to fuel surcharge, other surcharges, commission, taxes, penalties and fees, no minimum applies and an ADM will be generated for value due.

  • Airlink will endeavor to handle rejected or disputed ADMs in a timely manner in compliance with applicable IATA resolutions and regulations. The travel agent can dispute the ADM as perthe “Latency period” applicable in respective BSP/ARC country/market practice.
  • Airlink shall evaluate the reasons for the dispute and approve where it is proved that the charge was not due.
  • For any un-resolved disputes, Airlink reserves the right to deduct the disputed amount from applicable Agent’s incentive program.

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