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Version Update

December 2010 Version Update


New Features in Administration Tools

1. Faxes can now be sent directly from Travel Booster

A new feature has been added to enable you to send faxes from Travel Booster.
To use this functionality, define your fax service provider domain in Setup > Database Definitions > Miscellaneous.
For more details, please contact your Travel Booster Account Manager.

2. Deposit Conditions Module added to Business Rules

A new module, Deposit Conditions, has been added to the Business Rules menu. This new module is used to define the amounts and terms of deposits requested from customers. A deposit is collected from the customer prior to the scheduled travel date as partial payment for the booking.
The deposit defined in this module is collected as a guarantee from the passenger and is not connected to a deposit that may or may not be required by a supplier.
The Deposit Conditions module will be implemented in Travel Booster in two phases: first in Administration Tools followed by functionality in the Reservation System in a future version.
A deposit condition definition will always include three entities:
1. the type of service for which a deposit is required
2. the amount of the deposit
3. the dates by which the deposit and the balance must be paid
Following are examples of the deposit due date logic in a deposit condition as defined in Administration Tools:

 

3. Passenger Travel Limits Module Added to Business Rules

A second new module, Passenger Travel Limits, has been added to the Business Rules menu. Using this new module, you can define which limits are applied to passengers booking travel through your company.
Among the limit types that can be applied to a passenger are service type, origin and destination of flight, duration of flight, class, and maximum price.
The Passenger Travel Limits module will be implemented in Travel Booster in two phases: first in Administration Tools followed by functionality in the Reservation System in a future version.

4. New BSP Module Added to Travel Booster

The Financial tab now includes the BSP (Billing and Settlement Plan) Reconciliation module.
This module is used for automatically reconciling supplier accounts with data that is imported directly from the BSP system. Until version 6.06, this procedure was performed manually. Beginning with version 6.06, a matching process will be executed between BSP ticket data and transaction ticket data located in the Travel Booster database. This matching process is based on document value limits defined in Setup > Database Definitions > BSP.
The matching process concludes with the display of both matched and unmatched ticket data. In this stage of the process, accounts are reconciled and payment is remitted to the supplier.

5. Car Rental Can Now Be Included in Static Package

It is now possible to add a car rental to a static package. Using the Additional Services expander in the Services tab, a car rental can be included in the static package components. If selected, the car rental will always be an included component of the static package (as opposed to optional components). By default, the day range of the car rental will be that of the hotel accommodation (which must be defined first). If required, the car rental day range can be modified.
Please refer to the online help system for detailed information.

6. Gift Cards Can Now Be Purchased for Use in Travel Booster

Beginning with version 6.06, gift cards can be purchased in Travel Booster by both B2E and B2C users and e-mailed to recipients to use for purchasing services in Travel Booster. While a B2C user can purchase only one gift card concurrently, a B2E user can purchase either an individual gift card or multiple gift cards.
Both the gift card purchase and redemption processes are quick and easy to perform, making for a pleasant user experience.
Gift card functionality includes a management module (Financial > Gift Card) for generating reports and handling miscellaneous management processes.
Please refer to the online help system for detailed information.

7. B2S Module Has Been Improved and Expanded

Functionality in the B2S Extranet module has been expanded to allow suppliers to independently manage the inventory and price lists of products sold by them on your Travel Booster website.
Based on the permits granted, a supplier can perform a multitude of actions including updating allocations and prices, creating new contracts, and editing a hotel’s details.
A supplier’s access to the module is protected via a unique user name and password. These are defined, together with the relevant permits, in the supplier’s account.

8. New Min/Max Functionality in Hotel Contract

New min/max functionality according to season has been added to the Advanced Definitions expander of the hotel contract.


a. When Stay nights according to min/max range of each season is selected, the min/max nights will be calculated according to the nights reserved in each season.
When Stay nights according to min/max range of each season is unselected, the min/max nights will be calculated according to the min/max range containing the total number of nights in the relevant season.
b. When Price nights according to min/max range of each season is selected, the price will be calculated according to the nights reserved in each season.
When Price nights according to min/max range of each season is unselected, the price will be calculated according to the min/max range containing the total number of nights in the relevant season.

9. New Method for Assigning Transfer to Product Contract

Until version 6.06, a hotel transfer was defined as either mandatory or complimentary. This has now been changed.
Beginning with version 6.06, a transfer associated with a hotel or escorted tour contract is now an Add-on Transfer.

As in previous versions, a transfer definition can be applied to the entire product contract or only to a specific price level (see screenshots above).
An add-on transfer can be defined by one of the following methods:
a. Select from list of transfers: In the Reservation System, the user will be prompted to select a transfer. Inbound and outbound transfers will be displayed according to the product selected: hotel or escorted tour. For example: when the product selected is a hotel, “to hotel” and “from hotel” transfers will be displayed.
b. Specific transfer: Inbound and outbound transfers are defined for the product contract.
As a result of selecting an add-on transfer method, a transaction for the transfer will be added to the booking.
The transfer price can be defined as one of the following types:
a. Included: As a transfer is included in the price of the hotel or escorted tour, the booking will include net-type transactions for the inbound and outbound transfers.
b. Added: As a transfer is added to the price of the hotel or escorted tour, the booking will include standard-type transactions for the inbound and outbound transfers.
An additional new feature includes the ability to add the transfer to the booking only when a minimum number of nights have been reserved.

New Features in the Reservation System

1. Customer Can Now Pay a Credit Invoice

Prior to version 6.06, only a travel agent was able to pay a credit invoice. A customer can now also pay the credit invoice in the entire amount. In such a case, a receipt for the full amount of the payment will be issued.
Selecting the new option - Payment by customer - in the Actions menu (see screenshot below) will initialize the receipt with the full amount of the transaction.

Together with this action, the invoice will be marked as “over pay” in the agent’s account. The difference between the invoice amount and the receipt amount - the commission amount - can be remitted separately to the agent or as part of agent reconciliation.
This feature is active only in B2E4B bookings created on behalf of agents operating with credit.

2. Invoice Can Now Be Issued for Individual Passenger

In bookings for more than one passenger, an invoice can be issued for only one of the passengers for the services purchased.
In such a case, the invoice recipient is the specific passenger and the amount of the invoice is the relative amount of the services for only one passenger. This relative amount can be amended to the total price for all passengers/services in the booking.

3. Voucher Amount Can Now Be Easily Amended

For services for which a voucher has been issued, the Actions menu now includes Amend voucher. Selecting this action will display the Accounting tab of the transaction. In this tab, the user can amend the voucher amount and reissue the voucher with its original number.
Only users with the Amend voucher permit (Setup > My Company > Users > [User name] > Document Permits) can perform this action.

4. New Functionality to Display B2C Prices

Special prices for B2C customers can now be displayed in the Reservation System. These prices are based on a market definition created for the B2C market. This definition can be created either in a contract price list or as a markup definition (business rule).
After defining the market, execute the following in a B2C configuration:
In Setup > Website Definitions > B2C > Login Type > Agent And Customer > Customer, select the market representing B2C prices in the Calculate price according to market drop-down list.
When the system is accessed in B2C mode, only prices for the market defined will be displayed to the customer.
When the system is accessed in B2E4C mode, the Direct Sale check box can be selected, followed by the relevant market in the Market drop-down list. Prices for the B2C market will then be displayed.

5. CarTrawler Now Supported in Travel Booster

CarTrawler, a content interface providing content from over 500 car rental suppliers in 135 countries, is now supported in Travel Booster.
The activation of this interface is contingent upon a commercial agreement with CarTrawler.
Please refer to the online help system for detailed information.

 

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