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Essential Card Authorisation


Amadeus Essential Card Authorisation enables airlines to obtain real-time card acceptance and reversal via the international card schemes. The authorisation is seamlessly integrated in the GDS' booking and ticketing flows and the result of the card authorisation is automatically added to the PNR.
Key benefits
  • Ensures airlines receive payment for sold tickets: full details of the payment are stored in the PNR and can be used to improve the capture process.
  • Minimises chargebacks caused by manual errors when entering credit card details.
  • Facilitates travel agency bookings on specific airlines thanks to increased efficiency resulting from seamless integration of the authorisation in the booking and ticketing flows.
  • Ensures genuine approval codes / authorisation ID for each transaction. If the travel agent processes the authorisation automatically in the GDS, Amadeus checks the credit card number, expiry date and CVV and a genuine authorisation ID is automatically saved in the PNR.
  • Compliant processing with the security standards, such as PCI DSS.
Main features
  • Card authorisation processed via a robust and scalable Payment Platform directly via the International Card Schemes (Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners, Discover, JCB).
  • Flexible and fast configurations of the authorisation links.
  • The authorisation is done during the booking process through the GDS.
  • The card data and result of the payment authorisation are automatically stored in the ticketing system before being forwarded to the airline as part of the sales report.
  • Improved data integrity between sales and payment data.