As of March 1, 2018, IATA Accredited Travel Agents will need to comply with the IATA Resolution for PCI DSS Compliance. PCI DSS compliance will be a mandatory condition to obtain and retain accreditation as an IATA Accredited Agent in all its Accredited location under the Passenger Sales Agency Rules in Resolution 818g. Non-compliance with PCI DSS security standards could result in 2 instances of irregularity being recorded against your agency. This mandatory requirement is to protect confidential payment card information against theft. Airlines have demanded that IATA support their own internal compliance project by making the BSP card sales channel PCI DSS compliant.
To support this mandatory requirement, the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) has a PCI Compliance toolkit (in both English and French) that offers ACTA members the resources and tools that are required to become PCI compliant. An important element in our toolkit is the online wizard (Accel-PCI) that was created in partnership with Accel-PCI, a Canadian owned company. The online wizard is designed to help travel agencies understand the PCI DSS requirements specific to their business type and easily apply it to your payment card transaction environment. Accel-PCI’s customized tool for the travel industry provides a step-by-step online format to addresses the three main steps to make it easier to understand what needs to be addressed in a progressive check-off format to indicate the requirements as they become complete.
PCI DSS Compliance applies to ANY organization, (IATA appointed, TIDS or non-IATA) regardless of size or number of transactions, that accepts, transmits or stores any cardholder data. “ACTA recognized the need for tools to guide members through this complex and important requirement and why we invested considerable time in this global initiative. ACTA understands however, that there is a benefit for assisting the travel industry at large,” said Heather Craig-Peddie, VP of Advocacy and Member Relations at ACTA. “With this in mind, ACTA is offering a 20% savings on the Accel-PCI tool for Members and at the same time, we’ve secured a non-ACTA member savings of 5%”.
If you are an ACTA member looking to become compliant and don’t know where to start visit our PCI toolkit. The exclusive ACTA Member Code for ACTA members will be launched on Monday February 5th in the members only section of the ACTA website.
For non-members, we invite you to visit www.accel-pci.com and enter the code: TRAVEL1802PCI
Watch out for Accel PCI 2.0 and instructions on the 2019 renewal process. Your PCI Accreditation expires each year and Accel PCI is here to assist you with an improved and easy to follow renwal process. More details to come after November 1, 2018.