Expedia.com has launched a new platform to support its Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP). The Expedia Access portal was developed to help agents manage their Expedia Affiliate account. TAAP is currently used by more than 15,000 travel agencies worldwide. Through TAAP, agents gain access to Expedia’s inventory, allowing them to book through the Expedia web site and earn commissions. Benefits of Expedia Access include: Simplified log in procedures and reporting; Personalization and rebranding capabilities; By adding individual agency logo and messages, the functionality will support the download of invoices and itineraries into Microsoft Word or Outlook for easy dispatch to clients; Activity reports that allow agents to regularly monitor bookings and commissions; News, promotions and incentive status.
“The Expedia Access platform reflects the close consultation we have had with travel agents,” says Diego Pedrani, global head of the Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program. “We have included as many agent requests as possible in the system. Personalizing itineraries and invoices with the agents’ own logo is a request we have heard often, as is the ability for agents to check their commissions at a glance. We have developed these and many other features that are designed to streamline the administrative process.” Expedia Access also helps agencies enrich their own web sites. Agents already using TAAP will be migrated across to the new platform in the coming weeks.