Worldspan enhances car rental system

Worldspan has adopted the Association of Car Rental Industry Systems Standards (ACRISS) Car Classification System, representing a comprehensive new range of vehicle classification codes in the Worldspan global distribution system (GDS). Worldspan’s car rental distribution system has also been optimized to allow travel buyers to request up to 10 types of vehicles from car providers through a single entry. Complementing each other, the enhancements increase the choice and efficiency travel retailers and car rental suppliers need in serving travelers worldwide through the Worldspan GDS.
  The ACRISS Car Classification System is available to Worldspan travel agencies globally via the Worldspan Car Select(R) booking system, and to Worldspan-connected travel Web sites, ensuring all travel buyers have the most relevant and definitive selections through Worldspan. Specific vehicle categories, including car types with late model accessories, such as navigation systems, are identifiable from a generous array of new coding options. Travel buyers can differentiate between standard and elite vehicle categories, and detailed types of vehicles, such as two-wheel-drive or four-wheel drive SUVs. Expanded fuel types can also be requested, including the new hybrid vehicles.
  “Worldspan is pleased to announce a timely introduction of the ACRISS Car Classification System, and to more than triple the number of car types travel buyers can request from our participating suppliers in one simple entry,” said Kathy Fitzpatrick, Worldspan vice president - North America. “Combined with Worldspan’s comprehensive booking and transaction processing capabilities, these solutions enable Worldspan retailers to meet the precise needs of their customers.”
  The new ACRISS Car Classification System is an industry-wide initiative by ACRISS, mainly comprised of car rental companies and the major GDSs, to provide common standards for the car rental industry and travel retailers when distributing and booking car rental services through GDSs and other automated booking systems.

  Worldspan Car Select, one of the most comprehensive car rental booking systems for travel agencies, is a key component of the Worldspan Go!(R) travel agency desktop system. Agents have around-the-clock access to nearly 100 percent of the global rental car market, including the world’s leading suppliers and thousands of rental locations. Travel agents tap real-time data from suppliers to obtain accurate pricing and availability, as well as complete pricing, including fees, surcharges and taxes. State-of-the-art technology provides Worldspan agents with the speed, reliability and accuracy required to complete the rental car booking process with ease, including customizable default records, expanded booking segment information and much more.