The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding the benefits available to the travel agent community through the ID Card and the AgentExperience platform.
Eligible travel professionals (in possession of an IATA or International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN) ID card can already access benefits such as special offers for flights, hotels, car rentals, sightseeing, ground transportation, familiarization trips and IATA training courses.
An additional 180,000 worldwide hotel properties with attractive rates have been added to the portfolio for travel professionals, through a new partnership with hotelbeds.com.
Additionally, travel professionals based in the US can also purchase select gift cards and receive up to 10 per cent discount, or up to 50 per cent discount on merchandise items. Bloomingdales, Foot Locker, TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Dooney & Bourke, Fitbit and Bose are just a few brand names that will be made available on the AgentExperience platform.
According to the Head of Travel & Tourism at IATA, Harsha Krishnan, said, “Travel Agents are an integral part of our industry and will play an important role as we rebuild the travel value chain in a post COVID-19 pandemic world. As we are preparing for the restart we are pleased to be expanding the non-travel benefits of the program and hope that all IATA/IATAN ID Card holders will soon be able to make use of the travel related advantages once again.”