Following an announcement that Sun Country Airlines is to join the Sabre reservations system, the carrier has announced a new travel agency retail commission structure for air-only bookings effective January 1, 2001.
Commissions for U.S. domestic and international telephone bookings will move to 3% uncapped and to 5% uncapped for domestic and international electronic bookings. The new commission percentages bring Sun Country in line with most other domestic carriers, but still offer travel agents the advantage of uncapped commissions. Commission levels for most air-inclusive Vacations By Sun Country packages will continue to be at 8% for telephone bookings and 10% for electronic bookings. “Our new commission structure reflects the high costs associated with bookings made over the telephone to a reservations centre, compared to those made electronically through the CRS/GDS systems,” said Tim Haskin, Sun Country`s Director of Sales. “We`re pleased to continue to offer travel agents uncapped commissions, consistently low fares to the cities we serve and a friendly travel experience for their customers.” Haskin added, “In addition, our recently announced decision to invest in the Sabre reservations system reaffirms our commitment to make it easier for travel agents to book our flights and better serve their customers with the added convenience of pre-assigned seating.”
Sun Country`s new Sabre reservations system will be on-line when the airline moves into the new Hubert H. Humphrey terminal May 2, 2001.