Getting StartedWhat you need to know about becoming a professional travel agent

Welcome! We're excited to introduce you to Sabre Travel Network® and the Sabre® travel marketplace, also known as a global distribution system. Below you'll find answers to some frequently asked questions about our company, the travel agency business and how you can get started.

I'm not a travel agent now but would like to become one. What do I do?

We obviously love travel and welcome your decision to make it your profession. And while we're here to help existing Sabre ConnectedSM agents work better, smarter and faster, we cannot make you a travel agent. To be a professional agent and to ticket airline reservations, you must be ARC or BSP accredited or be associated with an ARC or BSP accredited host agency.

What does it mean to be "Sabre Connected"?

"Sabre Connected" is our way of referring to travel agencies that have full access to the Sabre global distribution system (GDS) for air, car, hotel, tour and rail reservations and ticketing. They are connected to the broadest array of product selection for professional travel retailers. Full access to the Sabre GDS does require a contract.  If you already have a travel agency business and are interested in becoming Sabre Connected, please contact us, you can also find more information on our Contracts page.

What is a GDS?

GDS stands for global distribution system. This is the industry's name for a system that lets travel suppliers distribute travel products, rates and information for agencies to market and sell.

What is IATA?

International Air Transport Association is an airline trade body. IATA provides accreditation for Airline Appointed ticket stock-holding locations.

What is BSP?

IATA's Billing Settlement Plan (BSP) is a system designed to facilitate and simplify the selling, reporting and remitting procedures of IATA Accredited Passenger Sales Agents, as well as improve financial control and cash flow for BSP Airlines. A BSP number is an identifier assigned by IATA to a travel agency authorised to issue airline tickets. In order to ticket airline reservations, agencies outside of the United States must be IATA accredited or be associated with an accredited host agency.

What is a host agency?

A host agency is a bonded, accredited IATA agency through which an independent agent  has a business arrangement with them to issue airline tickets on their behalf in addition to other services.

I am a Sabre Connected agent but need more training and/or information. Where can I get help?

There are several training and support options for existing travel agents to learn how to use Sabre® Red™ Workspace. If you are a Sabre Connected agent, log into Agency eServices with your Sabre Agent ID, your password and your Sabre Pseudo City Code (PCC) and choose "Training" for options like Sabre Personal TrainerSM, virtual classes, Format FinderSM , Quick References and Quick Assist.

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