Customers do not get "better" Travel deals on Travel Websites. The travel price includes the commission. When you book online, the website gets paid the commission.
Travel commissions are included in the prices issued by the vendors. Travel Advisors get paid the commission that is already included in the price. It is an industry myth, that it costs more to use a Travel Advisor.
When you book directly with the vendor, the vendor keeps the commission. It is important for the vendors to maintain price consistency to encourage outside booking participation. Therefore, they keep they commissions when booked inhouse, rather than offering it as a full discount.
Using a Travel Advisor saves time and money. It takes an experienced Travel Advisor an average of 5 hours to research and book a vacation. The commissions are paid by the vendors, so the service provided by a Travel Advisor is essentially free.
Commissions are paid by the vendor on all travel that is booked, no matter how you book it. If you book through a travel agent, they get the commission. If you use a website and book it yourself, then the website owner makes the commission. Therefore, there is no cost to the consumer to use a travel agent, unless the agent ads a consultation fee to the transaction.
With the use of the agencies Travel license, a Travel Advisor can book any type of travel with any travel vendor that you can imagine. The commission is paid through the travel agency license. If the vendor is not in your Host Agency website, you can book it independently and log the reservation into their system to receive your commission.
Independent Travel Advisors have access to all travel resources. They can book vacation packages, flights, hotels, resorts, cruises, car rentals, shore excursions, tours, travel insurance, and even entertainment. The possibilities are endless!
No, most vendors will be represented in your host agency booking website. If the vendor is not in your Host Agency website, you can book it independently and log the reservation into their system to receive your commission. The booking possibilities are endless.
Host agencies provide an unlimited variety of free and fun training opportunities so that you can provide your customers with the best service possible. Our agency provides:
Training is never in short supply! Almost every vendor worldwide offers free training on their brand. The information is so vast, it is recommended that you specialize in one or two topics. For example Destination Weddings, All-Inclusive Vacations, Theme Parks and Family Vacations, or Cruises.
Access Travel Vacation Packages from around the world! All-Inclusive Resorts are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation!
Cruising has a bright future! There is a lot of pent up demand. Cruise customers are among the most loyal travel customers too!
There are several categories in group travel. They are; family reunions, destination weddings, business conferences to name a few.
Travel Advisors can book all categories of Theme Park Tickets. Often, if you book the tickets as part of the hotel and travel it is the only way to get a value.
All of the major hotels are open to booking to a licensed advisor. For the smaller properties, you can still book for a commission by calling them directly.
A perfectly planned trip includes the tours and shore excursions. Booking in advance assures they will get the vacation of their dreams.
Flights and car rentals can be booked directly though your Advisor Website, or through special Travel Agent websites.
Host agencies have access to many entertainment options that can complete a trip! Broadway Plays, Las Vegas Shows, Sporting Events, Concerts, and much more.
Travel Insurance has become required by many countries when traveling internationally. Double check if it is required for all your international travel.
The best part of being a travel advisor is that you are part of making memories. In most cases, travel will be the memories made with friends and family that last a lifetime. It is an honor to book a honeymoon, or a families first trip to Disney! You know it will be a trip they will never forget!
The goal of each day is to have appointments to talk about your business, and about travel. Meeting with clients either by phone or in person is one of the best parts of the job. Discovering what is important to them, and offering your expertise as to how you can best serve them is very rewarding.
Researching, organizing, and setting up a trip is at the heart of what we do. Having a few surprise and delight opportunities ready for your customers at key moments in the travel process will keep them coming back to you. You can send luggage tags and a Thank You note to their home the week before the trip. You can send a bottle of wine with a note to a honeymoon suite. With a little thought, there are so many things you that will make the Travel Advisor service efficient and memorable.
Marketing your services and potentially your host agency are both part of the business. Social Media and the internet has changed the game for todays travel advisors. There is so much you can do for free to attract new business using these mediums. Spending a portion of your day posting travel and meeting new people is now a part of the Home Based Travel Advisor role. Everyone likes to topic of travel. Posting pictures of beautiful locations sprinkled with occasional travel promotions is a great way to get the conversation going!
There are unlimited training courses offered by the host agency. You can attend webinars, online trainings, cruise ship inspections, - the options are unlimited. Scheduling a portion of your day to investing in yourself, is necessary. It will keep you up to date and knowledgeable on the industry
There is no better recommendation you will get, than from someone who has experienced the property and location. For this reason, the industry providers offer incredible opportunities to visit and experience their properties at a very favorable rate to you. This is one of the most exciting perks of the job! And probably why so many people want to get involved in the travel industry!
You are never alone. You may have your own Independent Online Home Business, but you are not alone. In our Host Agency, you are part of a team. You will meet and get to know other agents. You will connect with other travel agents throughout the world.
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