Sandals Resorts held its first-ever Independent Travel Consultant’s Learning Forum at Beaches Turks Caicos from April 28 – May 1, bringing together 150 home-based travel agents for three days of learning, networking and giving back for a new Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) workshop.
- 1 How do I become a Sandals travel agent?
- 2 Do travel agents get discounts at Sandals Resorts?
- 3 What are the benefits of becoming a travel agent?
- 4 How do sandals travel agents get paid?
- 5 How do I become a travel agent from home?
- 6 Do travel agents cost money?
- 7 How can I be a travel agent?
- 8 How much do travel agents make per booking?
- 9 Do travel agents travel for free?
- 10 How much do first year travel agents make?
How do I become a Sandals travel agent?
To sign up, agents must complete a four-hour workshop. Agencies that have one active CSS agent and produce a minimum of 25 bookings to Sandals resorts can apply for the Preferred Sandals Agency Program (PSA). The program aims to build sales for both the agency and Sandals through a mutual partnership.
Do travel agents get discounts at Sandals Resorts?
Failure to provide a valid IATA card will result in the full rate being applied and required upon check-in. This rate is non-commissionable once adjusted to reflect the 20% agent discount.
What are the benefits of becoming a travel agent?
The Perks of Being a Travel Agent
- You get to share your passion.
- You travel and experience amazing cultures.
- You can be your own boss and work at home.
- You make lifelong connections.
- You’re selling a dream.
- It’s never boring.
- You’re connected with like-minded people.
- You get to share your expertise.
How do sandals travel agents get paid?
The Sandals/Beaches travel agent earns more than any other – an average of US$650 in commission per package sold. The average agent makes US$30,000 per year. It’s called paying commissions. All tour companies, cruiselines, insurance companies, even car dealers pay commission.
How do I become a travel agent from home?
Here’s the steps to take to start your travel agency from home:
- Find a Travel Agency Niche:
- Choose your travel agency’s name:
- Choose a Business Structure:
- Creating your Travel Agency Business Plan:
- Register your company with the state:
- Get an FEIN (optional, but recommended):
- Set up your travel agency financials:
Do travel agents cost money?
Not at all! The cost of using a travel agent is generally marginal, and oftentimes they won’t charge you at all. Much of their money comes from the hotels and wholesalers they do business with. Before you consult an agent, be sure you first inquire about fees.
How can I be a travel agent?
You could start your career right after high school, or you could put in one to four years to earn a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree in tourism. Of course, you could also change course from a related job, and morph your experience as, say, a destination wedding planner into a career as a travel agent.
How much do travel agents make per booking?
Some offer a meager $2 per reservation (regardless of value), while others based on incentives and productivity will pay commissions as high as 20%. Across the board the average commissions are 3% for Internet bookings, 3-5% on promotional rental rates and 10% on leisure rates booked through GDS distribution channels.
Do travel agents travel for free?
In truth, most of the time, travel agents don’t get free travel although they sometimes get discounts or a chance to keep the commission they would get on their own travel plans. Convention properties give them a cheaper trip to let them learn about their property on a working vacation.
How much do first year travel agents make?
The pay isn’t necessarily exorbitant—the median income is $38,700 a year, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, but according to Pindar, it can actually be much higher. “Agents make anywhere from $50K to $100K on the low end and up to $250K to $500K annually,” says Pindar.