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Best Merchant Account for a Travel Business

This article will give you an overview of merchant accounts for travel businesses in the UK, and how to choose the best one for your business.travel agent merchant

Choosing a Merchant Account for Your Travel Business

It is notoriously difficult for owners of travel businesses to open a merchant account due to the perceived high risk status of this type of operation. To help with this problem, below is a selection of the best merchant accounts for travel businesses that might just be suitable for you.
ProviderFeaturesPricing
Tour CMS"Marketplace" package tailored to travel businesses• Standard account: £29/month
• Pro account: £199/month
CashFlowsMerchant services specialised for a range of industriesTailored / on request
InstabillFast international account setp (within 2-3 days)Tailored to each client
Merchant Optimisation Services LtdMerchant services specialised in high-risk sectorsTailored to each client

Tour CMS

Tour CMS is part of Travel UCD Ltd, and is based in Hertfordshire. The company has been in operation since 2006 and offers a variety of payment gateways to travel companies wishing to open a merchant account.PricingTour CMS offer a ‘Marketplace’ package to a variety of travel companies. Included in this package is a merchant account that connects with many payment gateways including WorldPay and Realex. For small travel suppliers a Standard Marketplace package costs £29 per month (up to 2 users), and their Pro package is priced at £199 per month (up to 20 users).Features
  • Incorporate credit card payments in your booking system
  • A range of PCI compliant payment gateways
  • Save card details and bill at a later date
  • Send emails requesting payment
BenefitsTour CMS provides a merchant account within their ‘Marketplace’ product. This offers the opportunity to attract more customers by offering them increased payment security.

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CashFlows

CashFlows has been in business since 2003, and the company has been shortlisted for 5 nominations at the Cards and Payments Awards 2013.Pricing

No pricing details are provided on the website, and potential clients need to call directly for a tailored quotation.

Features
  • Advanced fraud protection to reduce the number of chargeback claims
  • Price match for existing merchant accounts with another company
  • Extensive experience within the industry
  • E-invoicing facility
  • PCI Compliant Virtual Terminal included
Benefits
  • Reduce administrative costs with fewer claims for refunds and chargebacks
  • Take payment from a wide range of cards, including Visa and Mastercard
  • Increased payment efficiency and security will attract new business

Instabill

This company is based in America, but serves customers worldwide. They promise to have your merchant account up and running in 2-3 business days following acceptance of your application.

Pricing

Prices are dependent on many factors, including volume of transactions and expected monthly turnover. A customised quote is available on direct contact with the company.

Features
  • PCI compliant payment gateway
  • No limits on transaction volumes
  • Multi-currency capabilities
  • Ongoing customer support 24/7
  • Risk management advice and guidance
  • Secure servers and fraud protection
Benefits
  • Live customer support makes setting up and ongoing use of the system user-friendly
  • Increased sales
  • Expand your business by accepting worldwide payments

Merchant Optimisation Services Ltd

This company offers merchant and risk/fraud services to clients in the UK and worldwide, and partner with a wide range of national and international banks.

Pricing

You will need to contact the company directly for a quotation tailored to your business.

Features
  • Quick application process
  • Technical and customer support
  • Fraud protection
  • Secure servers
  • Links with a range of banking institutions
  • Multi currency capabilities
  • No annual fees
Benefits
  • Attract new customers via efficient payment systems
  • Reduce the risk of fraud
  • Multi currency facilities means you can attract international business
  • Better control of your cash flow

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