One of the biggest perks with being a Travel Agent is the opportunity to venture out several times a year and see the world! There are so many ways that you can do this with little or no cost…and we’re going to show you how with these 5 sure-fire ways!
This is the absolute best way that you can work your way to FREE just by coordinating and planning phenomenal Group Trips. These Groups could be set up for Weddings, Sports Teams, Special Events or specific Niche Travel. Whatever the reason, there are always great incentives and bonuses up for grabs to make up for your hard work and efforts that go into managing Group bookings. If you decide on hosting a Group, you most definitely will be going FREE; just sell the minimum number to go on your trip and off you go! There can be so many benefits to hosting a Group too especially if you have a niche in the market so think up those amazing holiday ideas and away you go!
We get an enormous amount of offers as Travel Agents to go on Familiarization Trips with Suppliers throughout the year and we highly recommend trying them out! Technically, it is a work trip as you go visit a Hotel, Destination, Tour or Cruise so there is ample opportunity to explore and try everything while in destination. Another reason to go on these trips is to network as you meet so many Agents and get to share stories and ideas with one another. These trips are very inexpensive to join but every now and again you are invited by a Supplier to attend for FREE due to high Sales or winning a draw for some coveted spots. Visit any country in the world with the possibility of it being FREE…Count me In!!
One of the greatest advantages of being a part of Fareconnect is that you have the unique access to Preferred Suppliers not only with us but with our Consortia Ensemble to benefit from. These Suppliers provide us with additional discounts and special offers that you can add to your Client’s holiday and make you look like a Superstar Agent! You can reinforce these relationships further by choosing a few selective properties or Suppliers and encouraging your Clients to use them so you can increase your profits and maximize the number of bookings. The more bookings you have, the better your relationship will be with your Business Development Manager (BDM) and in turn may bring you little perks, requests and incentives with them.
In this day and age, everywhere you turn all Stores, Restaurants and Banks have you signing up for their special card or Membership so you can collect on points and reap the benefits of free or discounted items! So you can imagine that within the Travel Industry there would be these kind of delightful perks with most Suppliers, Airlines, Hotel Chains and Travel Services out there that you can take full advantage of! Some offer points in exchange for gifts while others give you cash incentives for booking their services. As there is so much out there and to keep track of which ones you have signed up with and what they each offer could seem overwhelming, we recommend that you keep some sort of Supplier tracking system. We’ve provided you with an efficient spreadsheet here to make it so easy to keep track and NEVER miss out on those freebies again!
As you know there are lots of Supplier Webinars, Conferences and Special Supplier Events that you are invited to which Suppliers can showcase their products and/or services as well as highlight some promotional campaigns for your Clients. Sometimes they even have educational webinars to walk you through a new Agent site or give a VIP Tour of their latest & greatest! Not only are these highly beneficial to enhance your Supplier knowledge and increase your sales, there are always giveaways up for grabs! Just by attending, Suppliers always have some fabulous freebies that you don’t want to miss out on!