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Created by Russell F on 2011-08-01 10:58:55 Back to Topics

Main Location & address logic

Hi,
 
I realise the member profile stores the "Main location" (presumably most likely to be Head Office) - but does it also have a default location for each of the P, M, C, U categories? 
 
In the RAM, there are often different addresses for each carrier for each billing category.
 
The ISPG suggests if we want to bill to an address other than the "Main Location" we must provide the address in the XML? (and this detail can be downloaded from an IS-WEB report into internal systems) which could get quite messy in maintaining the same as IS-WEB, and how would we know when each airline changes an address?
 
My suggestion would be IATA adopt logic to use 1. address supplied by billing carrier in XML.... if blank use 2. 'default' address for the billing type (P, M, C, U).... if blank, use the "Main Location" as per Member profile?
 
Alternative view is given SIS means will no longer be posting invoices, how important are the different addresses for each type of billing? - to what extent would it be acceptable to just use the Main Location in all instances, as the receiving carrier will distribute the inward billing data internally based on billing type?
 
Let me know if I have misunderstood?
 
Thanks, Russell
Replied by Ashley H on 2011-08-04 11:12:25
Hi Russell,
 
The Main location is not classified by Billing Category. The Main location is the default across Passenger, Cargo, and Miscellaneous billings. A separate location can be created for UATP.

If you want to bill to an address other than the Main location of the billed member, you can specify the Location ID in the IS-XML. This is the more logical approach, as it removes the need to provide the billed member's address in the XML.
 
Moreover, in the Member Profile, you can set up the contact to receive updates when other users have updated their location information (reference data).

As for your suggestion, this is already the case. If you do not provide the location on the XML, this will be automatically populated with the Main location of your billed member.

Lastly, regarding using the Main location for all billings, this needs to be agreed with your interline partners, as they may wish to be invoiced elsewhere other than the Main location due to tax/legal implications.
 
Hope this clarifies.
Regards,
Ashley

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Posted: Monday, August 01, 2011 10:58 AM
Subject: Main Location & address logic

Hi,
 
I realise the member profile stores the "Main location" (presumably most likely to be Head Office) - but does it also have a default location for each of the P, M, C, U categories? 
 
In the RAM, there are often different addresses for each carrier for each billing category.
 
The ISPG suggests if we want to bill to an address other than the "Main Location" we must provide the address in the XML? (and this detail can be downloaded from an IS-WEB report into internal systems) which could get quite messy in maintaining the same as IS-WEB, and how would we know when each airline changes an address?
 
My suggestion would be IATA adopt logic to use 1. address supplied by billing carrier in XML.... if blank use 2. 'default' address for the billing type (P, M, C, U).... if blank, use the "Main Location" as per Member profile?
 
Alternative view is given SIS means will no longer be posting invoices, how important are the different addresses for each type of billing? - to what extent would it be acceptable to just use the Main Location in all instances, as the receiving carrier will distribute the inward billing data internally based on billing type?
 
Let me know if I have misunderstood?
 
Thanks, Russell
 
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