Must be accredited by ARC, IATA, or CLIA number and be in good standing.
Minimum 50 Independent Contractor Agents/Affiliates under written contract.
A minimum of 75% of the host agency’s independent contractors must sell and transact travel, and not refer travel customers to the host.
Has a minimum of three years in Travel operating substantially, as defined in best practices, as a “Host” Agency.
Its primary source of income is from the sale of travel.
Separates its Host Agency operation from its retail travel sales of unrelated products, physically or by name.
Must not market their service emphasis on Travel Agent discounts and benefits.
Must not market their services as part of a consumer recruitment process with benefits resembling a “pyramid” or multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme.
Does not recruit referral agents as part of a program to reward or encourage referral agents to recruit other agents. A payment as a referral fee is excluded from this criteria.
Carries a minimum of $1,000,000 in E & O Insurance and must provide proof of coverage.
Each member must have a written contract between the Host Agency and its Independent Contractor Agent.
Each member is committed to paying its Independent Contractor commissions based on its stated policy and does not have unresolved Independent Contractor complaints.
Each member must adhere to the organization’s “Code of Ethics” and performance standards as well as adhering and promoting the “Principles of Travel Professional Ethics” to its Independent Travel Agents.
Must be legally licensed and bonded in all jurisdictions in which it does business and be able to show proof.
Must certify that there are no pending Travel industry lawsuits concerning the payment of agent commissions and/or fraudulent practices.
Must report any suspected activities of misleading consumers or Travel Agents to the PATH Board of Directors.
Must not promote or endorse any Travel Agent photo ID card except for IATAN or CLIA.
Subject to an annual renewal background review and show proof of E&O and/or Self Insurance.
Provides support to its affiliates in the areas of training, marketing and technology, either in-house or via 3rd party suppliers or consortia.
Membership acceptance is contingent upon a majority vote by the Board of Directors after a review of the application and background and credit check.