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  • What travel affiliate programs have you checked out ?

    3 posts, 2 voices, 494 views, started Sep 24, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by Ladybug


    • Aquamarine

      I’ve checked out several and talked to other agents who have tried the hit or miss approach. Who has time for mistakes when the bills have to get paid?


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          Ladybug wrote Sep 24, 2008
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          I have been in the industry for over 16 years. The industry has changed such that nothing is really the same. I speak to a lot of young people in their 20s who are enticed by job opportunities that turn out to be only scams. And seasoned travel agents are falling for the same scams! As an agent and business owner I can do something, teach something. But I don’t know everything...we have to share for the sake of the integrity of Travel.

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          Ladybug wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • So, here I go on affiliate programs.
          All I knew at the start was I’m a travel agent, I want to work at home. So that is where I started. I gathered my industry journals (free to me but not available to those who are not in the industry and want to be.) Agent at home...Vacation agent...even Recommend. I started reading everything including the ads. It had been a few years since I sold leisure, I was doing corporate for a couple of years. I’m not sure how credible the ads are but I like to think that those companies have to appear to be legit to get into these publications. What is credible, however, is when reading the articles some agencies are mentioned by the journalist or by the agents they spot light. I broke out my high lighter and took notes. These are the companies I checked out on the net.
          But this was not enough either.
          I knew what criteria I required at this point as I checked out each program. I read the fine print. Sometimes you have to fill out an application as though you want to join before you can get to the fine print. I’ll get to that in a minute. Some of them have yet to answer my request for info.

          When you start checking out agency sites and you get to one that is “mickey mouse” you know. Some seem really cool but may be a name you’ve never heard of. I think you have to listen to your inner self.  

          Things to look for:
          1. Do you have clients or do you need to build a client base?
          2. Who is processing the payments and collecting the commission? That’s one thing, but is the booking made directly with the vendor or the affiliate company and does it matter? I think I’m right in saying if you can’t book with the vendor and still get the same split in commission something is wrong.
          3. Who’s customer is it anyway? If they generate the client yes, the split is in their favor but when that client wants to repeat business will they get you? Do they have to go through the affiliate to get to you?
          4. Can the company tell you how much they spend to provide those leads? I think this is a tell tale sign! If they are really interested in you as an affiliating sales professional they will invest in your success and have the figures to prove it.

          The fine print....
          This is simple but you have to find the fine print and read it. Many companies offer a large split in commission but they take it back in fees...document processing, document shipping, (then don’t provide electronic alternatives) sales tools, fax services or e-mail services, even electronic transfer of the funds you earn as commission. People will tell you, you can get nickeled and dimed to death.  

          Just because you get a fancy web site and a pass word you could be on your own,

          Remember 80% of nothing is nothing but 40% of something is something!

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