ASTA blasts controversial credit plan from United

06/25/2009 | Travel Agent Central

Paul Ruden, senior vice president of industry and legal affairs at ASTA, criticized United Airlines' plan to prohibit some travel agencies from using the Airlines Reporting Corporation to report and remit credit card sales. The move, Ruden said, would result in a $171 million cost shift from the carrier to travel agents. "What is at stake here is the viability of an independent agency distribution system and ultimately the consumers' right to choose," he said.

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