Important Abbreviations in Travel IndustryARC - The Airlines
Reporting Corporation - oversees the tracking of payments from travel
agency to airline, upon issuance of tickets; created by the air
carriers.ACF - Airport access fee - A fee that is paid by the
car rental companies to the airport authority, for the use of shuttle
vehicles, etc - usually passed on to the consumer.ABP - Airline Boarding Pass - A receipt with a seat number, which is now issued only at check-in at the airport.CRS - computer reservation systemFC - First class - The highest class of service, available on most aircraft.GDS
- Global distribution system - An international computer reservation
system that accesses many databases of suppliers, airlines, etc. in
different countries, such as Sabre.Hub - An airport or city in which an airline has a major presence and many flights to other destinations.
IATAN - International Airlines Travel Agent Network - Administers the
IATAN card, the only widely accepted form of legitimate travel agent
identification.LDW - loss damage waiver - additional insurance
pertaining to car rentals, covering theft and vandalism in addition to
accident damage.LSH - Limited service hotel - A hotel property without a restaurant.LAF - Lowest available fare - The current lowest airfare that is available for purchase at that moment.MCT
- Minimum connect time - The shortest amount of time needed to transfer
between flights. It is generally best to give oneself more time as
opposed to less.MAP - Modified American plan - Meal plan that includes two daily meals, usually breakfast and dinner.
NFNR - Net fare, net rate- Refers to the fare that is offered to a customer after the commission has been applied.NR - Non-refundable. Generally used in reference to an airline ticket, that if canceled no money will be returned to the client.NT - Non-transferable - An air ticket that cannot be used by anyone else.PFC - Passenger facility charge - A fee for the use of many airports, added in to the cost of an air ticket.PNR - Passenger name record - The official name of one''s reservation in a computer reservation system (CRS).PEC - Personal effects coverage - Additional car rental insurance covering loss of personal property from the rented vehicle.PtP - Point-to-point - Refers to the fares between two cities.PF - Published fare - A rate that is offered directly by the airlines. Generally these are the highest rates available. REF - Red-eye flight - An overnight flight that leaves at night and arrives early the next morning.SNS
- Saturday night stay - A requirement by the airlines that your travel
must involve a Saturday night stay over in order to obtain the lowest
fare.Suite - A hotel room that is ranked by a property as a nicer class of room which also has more available amenities and space.