Travel Agency Merchant Account Services

Do You Need a Travel Agency Merchant Account?  If you want to open up a merchant account for your travel agency, we here at eMerchant Authority can help.

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Travel Merchant Account Solutions for High-Risk Companies

Running a travel agency is inherently risky. The chargeback rate is incredibly high. Due to the high-risk nature of this business, most standard merchant account providers will refuse to work with travel agencies and, if they do work with them, the cost for the travel provider can be prohibitively high.

There are several reasons why the chargeback rate for travel agencies is high. Perhaps the main reason is the length of time that runs between the customer making a booking and actually traveling. This means that they have excess time to cancel their bookings. Fraud in this business is also a lot higher since most bookings take place over the telephone or online. This can often result in stolen credit cards being used for the transaction. These will eventually be charged back.

While the high chargeback rate is often enough to have many merchant account providers steer clear, the risk is further heightened by the fact that travel agencies tend to be selling expensive products. Since the merchant account provider is assuming the risk of the transaction, and most really do not want to take on a high-value risk like this. 

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The Possibility Travel Merchant Services Can Be Closed

When you work in the travel industry, it isn’t uncommon to see sales totaling several hundred dollars. These large sales will not be made in person. This means the customer will either be paying over the telephone or using an online system.

When the payment is received, the money will be sent to the travel merchant account. From here, the cash will be sent to the bank account of the seller. This is brilliant if everything goes smoothly. However, if the customer files a chargeback, and is successful with that chargeback, then the merchant account will need to send the refund. The merchant account provider will then need to seek reimbursement from the seller. If the seller doesn’t have the money, then the merchant account will be several hundred dollars down. 

Due to the high-risk nature of these transactions, most typical merchant accounts will not deal with travel agencies. If they do work with them, and they notice a high rate of chargebacks, then the account may be closed down. At this point, the travel agent will no longer be able to receive payments. This will be putting their business at risk.

You Need A High Risk Merchant PRovider

In order to keep the risk of losing your merchant account to the minimum, it is important that you work with a reputable provider of high-risk travel merchant accounts, like us here at eMerchant Authority.

As a high-risk merchant account provider, eMerchant Authority has processes in place to keep the risk of fraud to the absolute minimum. Our processes also ensure that we are willing to take all the risk when payments are received in high-risk transactions. The experience and connections that we have built up over the years here at eMerchant Authority ensure that we can offer this service at a competitive price, which increases the profits travel agents can make on a transaction.

What Are The Downsides To A High-Risk Merchant Account For Travel

If a bank classes your company as high-risk, then you will run into several problems.

For starters; the banks will need to know that you will reimburse their money should something go wrong with the transaction. For this, you may need to submit several pieces of paperwork that should the accounts of your business. If anything appears to be wrong in your accounts, or it does not appear as if you are able to pay any chargebacks back, then the bank may refuse to offer underwriting on your merchant account.

Due to the inherently risky nature of these accounts, the fees for processing the transactions can be higher. The business may also be required to keep some cash in reserve, which means that there will always be a substantial portion of the cash that the business cannot access.

Here at eMerchant Authority, we want to help you to find the right Travel Agency merchant account for your business. While we cannot promise to eliminate all the downsides associated with having a high-risk merchant account, we can promise that we will do our best to find the right account for you. We can find you merchant accounts that your typical bank wouldn’t be able to source.

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