If you work in the travel industry, as a travel agent or in any other role that accommodates the travel needs of your clients in order to earn your income, it is important that you establish a consistently reliable and trustworthy travel merchant account. As you may or may not know, a travel merchant account is a special bank account that allows your travel agency to accept and process payments from your customers in the form of debit cards and credit cards. Having a travel merchant account allows you to provide your customers with a very important way to pay for your services, as a large portion of business conducted this days is paid for via debit card or credit card. Many customers prefer to pay for their transaction by credit card because many credit card companies offer certain buyer protections that are not offered when they pay with cash, such as extended warranties. Similarly, while debit cards do not typically offer the same protections that credit cards do, many people prefer to conduct business with debit cards because, not only do they provide the ease of paying for goods and services with a credit card, but they allow the customer a quick and easy way to keep track of their finances and transaction in real time through the online banking services provided by their financial institution. Without a travel merchant account, your business will be missing out on a significant amount of income, revenue or business, as many people will choose to conduct business with an entity that accepts payment through credit cards or debit cards, either because they do not have the available cash to pay for the vacation, or because they simply prefer to conduct their business in such a way. Therefore, it is important that any travel business have a reliable travel merchant account to be successful.