Glossary

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Baggage allowance

A provision that governs the number of pieces or weight of baggage that may be carried free of charge.

Baggage charges

A provision that governs the charge for baggage and special items that do not fall within the passenger's baggage allowance.

Base amount

1. An amount representing the highest selling local fare used in certain markets under the IATA Multi-lateral Proration Agreement. Base amounts are published in the IATA Prorate Manual--Passenger (PMP). 2. A base fare used in Category 25 as a calculation tool to produce Net or Selling amounts.

Base fare

1. The fare amount excluding taxes and other charges. However, charges resulting from Stopovers (Category 8), Transfers (Category 9), and/or Surcharges (Category 12) processing are included in the base fare. This amount appears in the "fare" portion of the Fare Box on the ticket. 2. A fare or fares used as a basis for calculating other fare amounts to create a resulting fare in Category 25 or in Categories 19-22. This may also be the fare amount filed in the Fare Record

Batch

A unit of work containing a group of transactions that are entered and released to the file, used for describing a set of instructions that are being implemented. Every batch is identified by a 2-character alphanumeric code (based on batch ID of user) plus a control number assigned by the system. The batch header specifies the proposal number, tariff, carrier, effective date of transactions, and the batch status (public, private, or incomplete). See also batch processing.

Batch number

A number preceded by the alphanumeric ID code of the compiler or airline and assigned sequentially by the computer. This number goes on a batch sheet or is used online to be associated with a group of updates or transactions.

Bilateral agreements

An agreement between two nations concerning rate or fare levels. This, in some instances, supersedes normal filing requirements for the DOT. Also refers to special prorate agreements between two carriers.

Booking

The reservation of a fare or fee product for an itinerary by a customer.

Booking code

One or two letters functioning as an inventory control code. Also called the reservation booking designator (RBD) or prime booking code, it specifies the class of service a passenger should be booked in to receive the fare.

Branded Fares

Product that allows carriers to group and name fares by fare families, fare types, or other criteria and supports ancillary revenue development.

BSP

Billing Settlement Plan; the IATA entity responsible for settling funds and reporting accountable information between the travel agency and the airline for fares sold outside the United States, as well as for controlling accountable ticket stock. BSPs are usually organized by country.

BSP method

In coding Category 35, an ATPCO value of 1-5 or blank used to describe to the subscriber which Net Remit Reporting procedure should be used at time of ticketing. The five method types available in Category 35 are based on the seven IATA-established method types.

Bulletin

See notification. A primary method of communication between ATPCO and customers. Notifications are e-mailed to participants whenever bulletins are posted on the Customer Center extranet site.

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