Advocacy Alert: PCI DSS Compliance Deadline Postponed

Activity over the past several weeks at ACTA identified that complying with the IATA PCI DSS standard by the deadline of June 1, 2017 was a serious concern for our members. ACTA, through our presence on the Agency Programme Joint Council (APJC) directed our efforts to lobby for greater clarity around PCI Compliance requirements and request that the deadline be extended.

Today, IATA’s Passenger Agency Conference Steering Group (PSG) has announced that they have approved the postponement of PCI DSS compliance until March 2018.

We are very pleased and would like to thank IATA for accomodating our request to extend the deadline and remind our members that this is a POSTPONEMENT, NOT A CANCELLATION. Measures will still need to be taken to ensure that you are compliant before the new deadline of March 2018 vs. June 1, 2017.

To help our members understand the requirements ACTA will be hosting a webinar in July and offering additional educational resources, including an FAQ as we have more to share.


Agency Programme Joint Council (APJC)
ACTA sits on IATA joint committees with equal representation between retailers and airlines. The APJC, among other things, makes recommendations to the Passenger Agency Conference (PAC), which is comprised of airline only, regarding accreditation criteria in respect of financial standing. Eight retail positions on this committee are filled by ACTA represented by ACTA members. The retail members of the Agency Programme Joint Council (APJC) are: Liz Fleming, General Manager from North South Travel, Sam Patel, Director from Airnets, Nadia Giudice, Vice President Independent Contractors Management and Development from Vision Travel, Michael Kulbak, Senior Director of Finance from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Michelle Drover, Director of Finance from Worldview Travel, Dianne Jackson, Director Travel and Retail Products from CAA SCO, Gordon Miller, Owner of Uniglobe Premiere Travel and Rocky Racco, CEO of TTI Travel.