Independent Travel Agent
Do I need a Social Security Number?
Independent Agents must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The IRS requires that we document either your Social Security Number or your Federal Employee Identification Number (if you have one). This is done for employment verification and also for tax records.
Can I create my own agency name?
Yes you can! You can select any creative name that you like as long as the name is not trademarked. By using your own company name, you'll have the unique ability to market your company and your offers as you see fit.
When do vendors pay commission?
Each method of travel different but generally cruise lines pay commission at the final payment date. Hotels and rental cars are paid on the day that the travel concludes. Airlines do not typically pay a commission, but travel agents can charge a service fee to book flight.
Why is there a fee to become an Independent Agent?
Similar to Realtors, Travel Agents are required to be trained and licensed prior to selling travel. There are application fees associated with obtaining your license, obtaining the E&O policy, and setting up new agents with systems and suppliers.
How do I find clients?
There are lots of ways for agents locate and retain new clients. In addition to word of mouth, family & friends, and social marketing, we also provide you with access to a lead generating system. You have the flexibility of creating your own unique marketing program that best suits you.
Will I get to travel?
Yes you will! You'll also have exclusive access to FAM's (agent familiarization trips). Carnival, Cunard, Princess, and Norwegian Cruise Lines all offer FREE new agent graduation cruises to learn more about their brand.
Can I book with any vendor?
Yes, you can book directly with any airline, hotel, car rental, cruise, train, insurance provider, or tour company that you wish.
What are the commission rates?
Supplier commission can reach as high as 50% of the base rate. Independent Agents receive a standard 60% commission rate on the total commission earned.
Why do I have to fill out a W-9?
As an Independent Contractor, you will be responsible for reporting your earnings and expenses to the IRS. At the end of each tax year we will send you a 1099 for all commission earned during the previous calendar year.
How do I get paid?
Our payroll cycle is Direct Deposit twice per month; once on the 5th and once on the 20th. Commission received between the 1st and 15th will be paid on the following 20th while commission received between the 16th and the end of the month will be paid on the following 5th.
Will I have my own clients?
You are responsible for marketing and advertising and in return for your hard work you will reap the rewards of having 100% control of your client’s bookings. You will have direct access to the supplier portals and will handle everything for them – including servicing the reservation.
How much is the fee to become an Independent Agent?
Successful applicants are responsible for a one-time fee of $149, which is remitted to the licensing agency.
What if I want to go away on vacation?
That is what we are here for. But don't call it vacation - call it on the job training! Whenever you leave on vacation you can submit a vacation notification and we will handle all of your bookings and client questions until you return!
Why do I have to sign a credit card authorization form?
This will be your method of payment for your monthly or annual licensing & group E&O policy.
Can I hire agents to work for me?
No you cannot. As an Independent Contractor, you are the only agent authorized to book travel and protected by the group E&O policy. This means that you cannot recruit agents to work for you and then sit back and collect the commissions
Can I adjust my commission to be more competitive?
Yes, you will always know how much commission you will earn from a reservation. If you want to offer shipboard credits, a bottle or wine, or a lower fare (depending on vendor limitations) then you can adjust your commission rate when you create the reservation.