Thursday, August 25, 2011

Home Based Travel Agents

Travel agents who work from home can earn commission on many different types of travel and travel related activities: hotels, rental cars, tour packages, cruises, some airline tickets, travel insurance, attractions, train fares, and more.

Home based travel agents book travel for customers and are paid commission on the booking. As an example, if you were to book a hotel for a client, the hotel would then send a check to your host agency after the client checked out. The host agency, in turn, would pay you your commission.

It costs the customer nothing to use the travel agent unless the travel agent charges service fees. In the example of the hotel reservation, it would cost the same whether the traveler uses a travel agent or books through the hotel directly.

Many people put travel agents into the same category as real estate agents. They believe it costs additional to use a travel agent. This is untrue. In many cases a travel agent can get a better price than the general public through the suppliers who work only with travel agents. Many people do not know all the options for booking a vacation. A good online travel agent does. Once people are educated on how a travel agent gets paid, they are more open to working with travel agents. If a client knows that if he lets you book a hotel and it will cost the same price regardless, he will work with you. Therefore, it's important to let your clients know how you can help them save time and money on their travel arrangements.

Work from Home Advantages

There are also other advantages to travel agents who work from home with a host agency in that suppliers will often offer bonuses, special incentives and provide support to all of the agents affiliated with the agency. Since no agent can have the experience of having traveled or learned about every hotel or resort in the world, having others that you can get advice from is really helpful.
The future of travel agencies is always questioned. The truth is the industry has changed in many ways. Some changes were for the better, some for the worse. Many airlines have cut commissions for travel agents. However, there are many other suppliers, like the cruise lines who are paying travel agents more than they were ten years ago. Cruises used to be booked by only the rich and now people of all income levels are booking cruises. Every year, more and more people go on cruises. After returning from their first cruise, many are hooked and will return to the sea again and again. So, this sector of the industry is really growing.

People all need travel arrangements at some point in time. From those who need to travel for business to families who wish to vacation with their loved ones and visit relatives to newly married couples who go on honeymoons. Travel is an easy sale. Always remember, your clients are contacting you for help; you are not calling them or approaching them trying to sell them something they don’t want.

About Global Travel International

Global Travel International, (GTI) is one of the nations' largest travel agencies. GTI is a debt-free company with more than 17 years success. GTI provides top level travel agent training and support and has helped over 37,000 people become independent travel agents and begin to achieve their goals. Global Travel's agents receive huge travel discounts and commissions on travel bookings. Whether you're looking for a great home based business opportunity part-time, a full-time career or are just looking to save on travel, consider benefiting from the travel agent lifestyle other GTI independent travel agents already enjoy. Learn more about GTI at or call 866-374-9029.

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