How To Become A Travel Agent In 24 Hours
he travel industry has ATA's get all the benefits of a
been going through some normal travel agent, such as
significant changes over commissions, free upgrades and
the last few years. Mom and Pop discounts, and FAM Trips (more on
travel agencies are quickly being FAM Trips in a minute, they're
replaced by online booking fabulous!). But ATA's don't work
engines like Orbitz or at a traditional travel agency,
Travelocity. don't work set hours, and don't
have to go to years of expensive
But there is one problem: 80% of schooling to get their
all vacations are taken at the credentials. You can literally
recommendation of a friend. Now become an ATA in a single day,
of course this is a good thing, and you still get the same IATA
except that Orbitz and and CLIA ID card that gets you
Travelocity don't have very many all the same benefits.
There are lots of books and
The travel industry came up with websites on how to become a
a good hybrid solution: give the travel agent, and they are well
consumer a chance to partner with worth looking into. The benefits
these big booking engines and are absolutely incredible, not
become a travel agent themselves, the least of which are lots of
with all the benefits and none of vacations and a good income.
the drawbacks, so they can refer
their friends and family and I'm going to start with my
everyone wins. This new type of favorite benefit: FAM Trips.
travel agent is known as an These are "familiarization trips"
Associate Travel Agent, or ATA that are hosted and subsidized by
for short. tour operators, government
tourist boards, and private
resorts at a fraction of the over the world. Some are simple,
normal cost. They want you to like a weekend ski trip in
come on the trip and have such a Colorado including 2 days of
good time that you go home raving skiing and rentals, a 2 hour
about it and send all of your lesson, meals, 3 nights in a nice
friends, family, and clients back lodge, and entertainment for only
at the normal rate (remember, 80% $199, and some go all out, like
of all travel occurs exactly that 11 days in Morrocco for $1,400.
FAM Trips aren't the only benefit
In a word, FAM Trips are of being a travel agent. You can
unbelievable. Consider this one also earn big commissions on
from FAM News: 10 days in China, travel that you book, and you're
including all accommodations, given a website to send people to
transfers, flights, an english so that when they order their
speaking guide, most meals, and travel you get the same
the royal treatment, all for commission as if you'd booked it
$666! The airfare alone costs yourself. You can also refer
over $1,000. And because they someone who can become an ATA
want you to send your friends and themselves and you earn a $40
clients on the same trip, it bonus, and can earn bonuses and
isn't a stripped down, no frills commissions on what they produce,
excursion at rat-infested motels. kind of like building your own
They pull out all the stops to virtual travel agency.
make sure you have a great time
and get back home raving about it Everyone who likes to travel and
to all your friends. could use a little more money
should look into the opportunity
There are thousands of FAM's becoming an Associate Travel
going on at any given time, all Agent provides. For many people
its the ideal lifestyle, freedom and travel with money and
combining the perfect blend of business.
About the Author:
Brian Allen is an Associate Travel Agent living in St. George, Utah. He helps others learn about becoming a travel agent and offers consulting for maximum success as a travel agent. He can be reached at http://www.TravelAgentToday.com.