Travel Merchant Account

Complete Merchant Services to Keep Bookings and Revenue Growing

Performance Card Service (PCS) offers complete high risk travel merchant account processing services. With more than two decades of experience in this challenging field — and never more challenging than now, in light of COVID — we successfully helped companies in the travel industry accept credit cards and other forms of payment.

Customers have multiple options at their fingertips when booking travel services and airline charters online. Despite the plethora of options available for customers, most travel services do not have the luxury of multiple choices when obtaining a merchant account. Due to the multiple risk factors involved in the travel industry, most low- to medium-risk processors will not even consider approving a charter or airline merchant account. This unfortunately causes this mainstream industry to be classified as high risk.

Once an industry is categorized as high risk, limited options are available for a traditional merchant account. Most high risk travel accounts are issued with steep processing rates, fees and/or reserves. This creates additional obstacles for travel merchant processing. Online travel services must provide reliable, secure payment processing to ensure that customers can book their travel plans without difficulty. If this option is not available, customers will choose a different travel company. Due to this, most travel services and airline charters have no choice but to accept the undesirable rates, fees and/or reserves issued for a high risk account.

Why Travel Merchant Services Are High Risk

How does such a mainstream industry get classified as high risk? Travel services and airline charters are notorious for chargebacks. Not only do most accounts suffer from excessive chargebacks, but the amounts are also usually for high ticket values. These factors make most banks and processors hesitant to approve the account. In many cases, the risk is much greater than the reward for the acquiring bank/processor.

Unlike many other high risk industries, chargebacks in the travel industry are difficult to prevent, despite travel services and airline charters being centered around customer service. Customers may issue a chargeback for many reasons. For instance, a customer may wish to cancel or change a reservation but has missed the timeframe in which the reservation can be modified. If a flexible refund policy is not in place, these customers may initiate a chargeback. Other customers may be unhappy with the service provided and initiate a chargeback with their credit card companies.

Another reason the travel industry is classified as high risk is how most transactions are processed. Most travel reservations fall under the category of “card-not-present.” This is when the customer uses his or her credit card online or books over the phone. Fraud happens more frequently with card-not-present transactions, which also increases the number of chargebacks. Excessive chargebacks can be devasting for a business. They can cause the business to have its merchant account rates raised, closed and/or placed on the TMF/MATCH list.

Select PCS for Travel, Airline Merchant Services

We have partnered with numerous payment processors that understand the obstacles that occur when trying to obtain a merchant account for travel services and airline charters. In tandem with our processors, we work to ensure our merchants in the travel industry receive excellent customer service and support to give their businesses the best chances for longevity.

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If you would like to establish a travel merchant account that meets your requirements and is more affordable, PCS will help. Contact one of our experienced staff members today for a free consultation!

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