Explaining Travel Agent Commissions [Infographic + Charts] (2022)

There’s no two ways about it, travel agent commissions are complicated—the numbers are not black and white numbers and there is no set way of doing things. Simply put, there is no "average" travel agent commission. Heck, if that were the case we'd be wrapping up this article by now!

We’re going to try to simplify things but since the system is complex, explaining it can be tough. As you read this, just remember that commission levels vary by a travel agency's sales, an agency's consortium, franchise or host agency affiliation, vendor, destination, how the booking is made, and more (and that's just to name a few).

This article is a rough guide to travel agent commissions. It will give you a thorough, yet general, idea of travel agent commissions and what to expect. If you're a sucker for details, don't worry. Once you join a host, franchise or consortium, their commission guides will have all sorts of juicy details on specific commission levels.

Now, let's start breaking this stuff down, shall we?

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  1. Travel Agent Commissions, Big Picture: Curious about average commission for different travel products? You can check out our infographic in this section!
  2. How Do Travel Agent Commissions Work? Commissions are typically tiered according to annual sales and/or passenger sales.
  3. Host Agencies and Travel Agent Commissions: A host agency can help a travel agents receive higher commission levels due to substantially higher sales thresholds among their independently contracted (IC) travel agents.
  4. Types of Travel Agent Commissions: There are 2 primary kinds of commissions for travel agents, flat commissions and tiered commissions.
  5. Airline Commissions: Airline commissions are a different beast altogether because their commission range depends on a variety of different factors! (Read this section to find out why)
  6. Negotiated Contracts: Going with a host or consortia can help you leverage their contracts with suppliers.
  7. Commission Confidentiality: You might not know the exact commission rate you'll receive until you sign on with a host. This section is where we tell you why.

Travel Agent Commissions: The Big Picture

Let's start with a visual to give you the 40,000 foot view of travel agent commissions. You can see some hard numbers and how things are broken down in an easy-to-digest infographic. After you've check that out, we'll deep dive into how travel agent commissions work to make sure you know all the ins and outs!

How Do Travel Agent Commissions Work?

First things first: where do travel agent commissions come from? How do they get from supplier to host to travel agent? How does a supplier know who gets what?

At its simplest, a supplier/vendor recognizes a travel agent from any Joe Blow on the street because travel agencies have an accreditation number.

These magic accreditation numbers are how travel agents get commissions! When you call/log-in to make a booking, the supplier asks for your travel agency's accreditation number. This how they know who to send the commissions to. It's like when you call any doctor office and they always ask for your name and date of birth to identify you. Travel suppliers ask for an agency's accreditation number to pull the agency up in their system.

Host Agencies and Travel Agent Commissions

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In the case of a host agency, all of the travel agencies in the host's network use the same accreditation number (the host's). The supplier/vendor, will recognize all of the host's independent contractors (ICs) as "one" large agency since all of their ICs agents are using the host's accreditation number.

When it comes to consortia and some franchises, the difference is each individual agency has their own accreditation number.

If that's a little confusing, let's try to give a similar example in the real world . . .

I like to think of the host agency model being like the relationship between a general contractor and a homeowner.A homeowner paying a general contractor is like a supplier paying a host agency. Instead of paying the electrician, plumber and architect separately, they pay the general contractor who in turn pays the individual companies (that's the agents!). Likewise, the supplier pays the host agency commission for their aggregate sales, who in turn pays the individual independent contractor (IC) travel agencies their commission.

Using a host's accreditation is one of the major benefits of using a host agency . . . not only does it spare you the hassle of getting your own accreditation, but a host agency is able to negotiate better commission levels than an individual agent because of their higher sales. The general rule is, the more your agency sells of a vendor, the higher the commissions. Which is a great segue into our next section! (PS: Did you know it's segue and not segway? I just found out and want to make sure you appreciate my new found knowledge by pointing it out.)

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Want to know the other benefits of using a host agency? Read, "Benefits of Using a Host Agency."

Two Kinds of Travel Agent Commissions

1. FLAT COMMISSION RATES

A flat rate travel agent commission is the simplest type of commission. The flat rate is just what it sounds like: every travel agent gets the same no matter how much they book, what consortium they belong to, or how cute their dog is. Flat rate commissions are actually standard and predictable! Hooray!

Here's a few types of vendors with a flat rate commission:

Hotel-only bookings and car rental companies: These types of bookings typically pay travel agents 10% commission and that’s that. There are small variances but car and hotel only bookings are probably the most predictable commission level in this whole mess.

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Boutique tour operators: Smaller or boutique vendors will typically pay 10% commission or give agents net rates. They won’t have sales tiers (more on that soon). If you’re sending a boutique hotel or small tour operator tons of business, there may be room to negotiate a higher commission.

Disney: Okay, so they're not exactly a boutique vendor! But Disneyland and Disney World have a flat rate commission of 10% for all agents. No matter how special you, you consortia or host agency are, you're not going to be able to negotiate a better commission.

Same with the Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney products. Their commissions are tiered—we'll talk about tiered commissions in-depth in just a sec—but the sale thresholds for those are the same for every. single. agency. out there.

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2. Tiered COMMISSION RATES

It only seems fair that if you sell more of something, then you get a higher commission, right? Well a lot of vendors think so too! Tiered commissions essentially mean that the more you sell, the higher the commission you get. Sounds simple?

I hate to burst your bubble, but tiered commissions are so complex so I'm going to put them in the spotlight after our intermission . . .

Rigel Break!

Ugh. My mind is wandering too. Let's take a break and look at a cute picture of my dog, Rigel.This is his "business dog" look.

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Sigh. Handsome lil' devil, isn't he? Sorry, that's all the cuteness for now; back to work!

Tiered Commission Rates. How Are They Determined?

So why would travel agent #1 receive a 12% commission for selling vendor X, while travel agent #2 receives a 16% commission for selling the same product?

There are two major factors that will determine travel agent commission tiers:

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1. Aggregate/ Annual Sales Volume

For some vendors the commission level (or tier) they pay an agency is determined by the sales volume under that agency's accreditation number.A vendor may increase commission based on annual sales of an agency (or their host agency).

Here's an example (numbers are hypothetical)

Annual Sales Commission Level:

  1. 10% . . . $0-$49,999
  2. 13% . . . $50,000-$249,999
  3. 14% . . . $250,000-$499,999
  4. 15% . . . $500,000+

From the numbers above, you can see that as a solo travel agent, it's a heckuva lot easier to reach 15% when you belong to a host agency! So even though you may have a commission split with your host agency, in the end, many agents stand to rake in more dough with a host because they are earning more commission.

Want to crunch number to determine the value of going with a host agency? Check out HAR's Commission Plan Comparison Calculator.

When you look at the big picture, it's also worth noting that nearly all host agencies also belong to a travel consortium (such as Travel Leaders Network, Signature, Virtuoso, or Ensemble). With a host agency's aggregate sales among ICs and their consortia relationships, host agencies are able to bring in higher commission tiers with vendors than an individual travel agent.

2. Passenger Count

While many vendors use sales numbers to determine an agency's commission level, there are a handful of vendors that use a different marker. Instead of looking at the total sales coming from an agency, a vendor will look at how many passengers you're sending their way.

You’d see something like this (these are hypothetical numbers):

Annual PASSENGER Count Commission Level:

  1. 10%: 0-20 passengers
  2. 11%: 21-49 passengers
  3. 13%: 50-199 passengers
  4. 15%: 200+ passengers

A Note on Airline Commissions

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I always say airlines are another animal and honestly, they're not my forte. So I’ll say this. Don't expect to become a millionaire by selling domestic tickets from JFK to LAX.

In August 2017, American Airlines announced they would pay travel agents a $2/segment for airline ticket commission — which is the first time airlines have offered all agents commission on all air tickets since the 1990s.

Kinda huge. But really, is it just me or is the $2/segment airline commission incentive not really doing it for anyone else? Well don't you worry, because going through a host agency and/or travel consortium can give you access to private air contracts that are quite a bit more attractive.

Airlines offer travel agent commissions through two routes:

1. Consolidators:

Thesearewholesalers. They specialize in air and have private contracts with the airlines. Travel agents can make money with these contracts in one of two ways: commission and marking up net rates.

Confused about air fare types? Read up on them right here.

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2. Airline Contracts:

Your host agency or consortium/franchise/co-op will most likely have private air contracts that allow for travel agent commissions on certain airlines. Not every domestic or international ticket is going to be commissionable, it depends on things like city pairs, class of service, the carrier, time of year, etc.

The commission percentage agencies earn depends on numerous factors, the most important one being which private contracts you have access to.

Here's a general rule of thumb on the airline ticket commission range you can expect as a travel advisor:

  1. Domestic: 0-5%
  2. International: 10-22%

In Feb. 2018, Delta announced cuts in commissions on international flights to travel agencies. The cuts vary depending on routes and ticket class, with the deepest cuts impacting travel agencies that sell luxury and business travel. We haven't seen cuts since then and numerous heads of airlines have said leisure travel, not corporate travel, will lead the airlines recovery from Covid. This leads me to believe that agencies won't see any airline commission cuts in the near future.

For most leisure agents, airline ticketing alone is not a large source of commission. That's why the most common fee travel agencies charge is a service fee for airline tickets. It helps stabilize an agent's income and ensures they're being compensated for their work.

Travel agents can book air-only reservations a variety of ways, most notably through consolidators (often used by leisure agents) and for corporate agents, through a Global Distribution System (GDS).

Want to explore becoming a corporate agent? Start here.

Now, let's chat about how companies like host agencies, consortia, and franchises help secure better commission deals for their agency members . . .

Negotiated Contracts: Host Agencies, Consortia and Travel Agent Commission Agreements

Alright, you've probably figured out that the travel industry is all about economies of scale. The more you bring to the table, the more leverage you have. So it's no surprise that hosts (a group of independent agencies using the same accreditation number) and consortia (independent agencies with their own accreditations that band together for more buying power and access to marketing/tech tools) are able to negotiate better commission tiers.

For you, as an independent agency, these negotiated commission tiers are a big benefit of aligning with a host agency or consortium. When you (or your host agency) are affiliated with a travel consortium, the consortium will negotiate lower sales tiers/passenger thresholds with their preferred suppliers.

Let me break it down in real terms. Most vendors will have commissions broken down into tiers. Maybe they say an agency has to sell $75,000 of their product to get 12% commission. But if a host, franchise or consortia has a negotiated commission agreement, their agents may only need to sell $50,000 to reach the same 12% commission tier. A deal!

Since many of the readers of this site align with host agencies at some point in their career, we’ll mention again that for hosted agents, your tier is not dependent on your individual agency’s sales, but the cumulative sales of all of the agencies under the host’s umbrella.

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The value in this becomes a little more clear if we compare two agencies: one is a hosted agency that belongs to a $100M host agency, the other is a smaller agency that has $2M in sales. Both of our agencies belong to the same travel consortium. Both agencies have access to the same negotiated commission tiers because they're members of the same consortium. But, who is going to have a harder time of meeting the $50,000 commission tier the consortium worked out? You got it. The $2M agency because they have to rely on only their sales, whereas the hosted agency — regardless of how much of the vendor they actually sell — reaps the benefits of the sales of all of the other agencies in their host agency's network.

Host agencies and consortia will have the strongest travel agent commission agreements with their preferred suppliers. When a vendor is on a "preferred supplier list," it means that the host or consortium will have better contracts with them and likely sell a higher volume with that vendor.

Pro Tip: This is why finding a niche is so helpful. If you know a couple of suppliers you think you'll be utilizing a lot, you can ask host agencies and/or consortium what their commission tier and relationship is with those suppliers!

Understanding Commission Confidentiality

As you can imagine, commission contracts between travel agencies and vendors, as well as those between consortia and vendors, are confidential. They’re like trade secrets that can give one travel agency/consortium an advantage over the other.

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Knowing that, don’t be surprised if a consortium or host is tight-lipped when you ask for their commission guides. Sadly, they're not going to hand over a detailed pamphlet listing all their trade secrets. If you made it to this point, you can understand why :)

Or maybe they're tight-lipped because they're spies? I dunno. I say follow your gut on that one.

All that said, if you do sell a lot of a certain vendor(s), it’s perfectly acceptable to ask about commission info for your top vendors. Even if a host/franchise/consortium doesn't spell out the commissions you'd get in detail, you can A). Ask for a list of the preferred suppliers and B.) ask for an idea of the sales volume with your favorite vendors.

More Ways to Earn . . .

Believe it or not, there are multiple ways an agent can earn money beside travel agent commissions! A few other income streams agents indicated in our last income survey included service fees, consultation or planning fees, markups from net rates, and selling insurance (which is technically still a commission, but worth a note!).

Here's a few resources to check out:

Read, "How Travel Agents Make Money"

Read, "Taking the Plunge. A Travel Agent's Guide to Charging Fees."

So, What's Your Take?

Like I said, this is some complex stuff to explain because there is no industry standard. For those new to the industry, are there things still confusing you?For you experienced agents, does your experience jive with this account of travel agent commissions? Or did Rigel distract me so much with his cute business casual attire that I missed something or got it wrong? Let me know in the comments!

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FAQs

What is a travel agent's commission? ›

Travel agents commissions used to be the bulk of their income but that has shifted. Most travel agents who earn commission booking tickets on airlines earn 5% on domestic flights and 10-20% on international flights. The commission rates are similar for booking hotels.

How do I promote myself as a travel agent? ›

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  1. Practice your 30-second commercial.
  2. Create a monthly email newsletter.
  3. Add variety to your social media posts.
  4. Set up a booth at a local trade show or fair.
  5. Start a referral program.
  6. Advertise locally.
  7. Send direct mail to your clients.
  8. Plan a travel night.
14 Dec 2017

What is the markup for a travel agent? ›

A 7% – 8% commission level is somewhat standard with host agencies working with self sufficient agencies. Independent travel agents earning 90% – 100% of the commission are usually high volume seasoned agents that require little to no support from the host agency.

How are travel agents compensated? ›

Generally, leisure travel agencies' main revenue is from commissions vendors pay on vacation packages, cruises, air and other add-ons. However, consultation fees and service fees are becoming more common as agencies try to diversify income sources to become less dependent on supplier commissions.

How can a travel agent make more money? ›

10 ways to earn more commission as a travel agent
  1. Establish your own preferred vendors. ...
  2. Do at least 70% of your sales with your preferred vendors. ...
  3. Go to the vendors direct. ...
  4. Sell high-end products. ...
  5. Focus on groups. ...
  6. Avoid discount suppliers. ...
  7. Host your own tours. ...
  8. Be worth a service fee.
29 Sept 2016

What skills do you need for a travel agent? ›

Skills and knowledge
  • customer service skills.
  • excellent verbal communication skills.
  • the ability to sell products and services.
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail.
  • administration skills.
  • active listening skills.
  • persuading skills.
  • a desire to help people.

What should a good travel agent do? ›

7 Characteristics of a Successful Travel Agent
  • Knowledge. When travelers choose to use a travel agent instead of booking a trip themselves, they are looking for expertise. ...
  • Professionalism. Set high expectations of professionalism for yourself and your employees. ...
  • Enthusiasm. ...
  • People Skills. ...
  • Integrity. ...
  • Resourcefulness. ...
  • Empathy.
3 Apr 2018

What are the weaknesses of a travel agency? ›

Being too large can be a weakness if the size of your travel agency results in slow decision making or too-rigid policies. Too few personnel, a poor location, outdated collateral can all be considered weaknesses. A lack of experience is a weakness, as is a lack of capital.

How do I introduce myself as a travel consultant? ›

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How do travel agents find customers? ›

3 Of The Best Ways To Get Potential Customers As A Travel Agent
  1. Establish a posting schedule.
  2. Take photos of your travels so you always have things to share.
  3. Follow other travel accounts to get ideas.
  4. Hire a social media manager.
  5. Use social media scheduling apps to automate your posts.

Can you become a travel agent without experience? ›

Do You Need Qualification to Be a Travel Agent? Work from home travel agents must obtain a travel agent certification before starting their business. Dream Vacations franchise owners need only a computer, internet, and phone to run their business and become a travel agent without experience.

Do travel agents charge for a quote? ›

They don't usually cost extra.

Sure, some travel agents do charge a fee for putting together an itinerary, but most will credit you that fee if you end up booking the trip through them. Make sure you know all the potential fees before you use a travel agent, and do not hesitate to negotiate away.

What is the future of travel agent? ›

Innovation and technology in travel agency business – In the new normal, people are looking for personalized service along with convenience of technology. There is a large opportunity to empower agents and small travel firms with best priced inventory, websites, digital payments and other tools.

Does it cost more to book through a travel agent? ›

It's more expensive to book flights with a travel agent than to book online from home. That's because travel agents typically charge for their services, even booking a flight on your behalf. Still, an agent's services could be worthwhile for some travelers hoping to avoid stressful vacation planning.

Who are the 3 travel agents? ›

In this essay, we will outline three of the main 3 types of travelers who use travel agents: business travelers, leisure travelers, and special interest travelers.

How do independent travel agents make money? ›

As a travel agent, you earn money via commissions. As an independent agent, you lose the luxury of a base salary. You'll earn a commission every time someone books a holiday with you.

How are travel agents free? ›

The cost of using a travel agent is generally marginal, and often, they won't charge you at all. Much of their money comes from commissions the hotels and wholesalers pay them. Before you decide to book with a travel agent, inquire whether or not they charge fees.

How much commission do travel agents make on flights? ›

The commission percentage agencies earn depends on numerous factors, the most important one being which private contracts you have access to. Here's a general rule of thumb on the airline ticket commission range you can expect as a travel advisor: Domestic: 0-5% International: 10-22%

Do people still use travel agents? ›

Travel agents are still used for expert guidance, personalized travels, and to save time.

What is the most important role of a travel agency? ›

A travel agent's role is to help people plan, choose and arrange their holiday. They will usually work to a budget set out by whoever is planning the holiday. They also offer advice and opinions on where to go and local tourist attractions, events and customs.

What is the purpose of a travel agent? ›

The primary role of a travel agent is to help people make travel arrangements, which might include booking flights, hotels, sightseeing tours, and making dining recommendations. A travel agent assesses each customer's unique needs, preferences, and budget to ensure their trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Why are travel agents important? ›

Travel agencies have extended connections with travel suppliers globally and have access to exclusive deals. They can negotiate best deals for their clients in order to provide them with the best value. They also provide an array of choices relying on the spending plan.

Do people still use travel agents in 2022? ›

As we enter 2022, it's still just as crucial to use a travel advisor for booking your vacation. Agents get the latest news in all things travel delivered right to their inbox, and they have the most important websites bookmarked and ready access when you call in to start planning.

What is the role of commission in operating? ›

A commission is a service fee charged by a distributor who makes a sale on behalf of your business. It is usually calculated based on an agreed percentage of the retail price. This method of payment-for-service is commonplace in the sales industry (e.g. brokers, telemarketers and some retailers).

How can I improve my travel agency business? ›

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  1. Highlight the benefits of your product/service. ...
  2. Engage with customers on social media. ...
  3. Upsell products – provide an experience. ...
  4. Package travel components into unique travel products and multi-day tours. ...
  5. Find a travel niche market.
14 Oct 2021

What is the most difficult function of a travel agency? ›

The biggest challenge that every travel agency must face is to maintain cash flow while managing all these operations. At Indifi, we understand that the needs of every business are different.

What challenges do travel agents face? ›

What are the real travel agents and tour operators' challenges?
  • Duplicate data entries. We consider a travel business as a data collector. ...
  • Dealing with many enquiries. ...
  • Costly mistake. ...
  • Wasted time. ...
  • Liability of not knowing your client requirements. ...
  • Streamlining the processes from Marketing to Post Sales.
31 Oct 2018

How do you answer travel interview questions? ›

How to Answer Interview Questions About Travel
  • Know the travel requirements beforehand. ...
  • State any travel limitations you may have. ...
  • Ask the interviewer clarifying questions. ...
  • Explain how you've traveled in the past. ...
  • Focus on how you can help the company.
28 Apr 2020

What questions do travel agents ask customers? ›

Questions a Travel Agent Should Ask
  • Where are you planning on traveling? When?
  • What kind of research have you done?
  • How old will the passengers be (for senior discounts)?
  • Does anyone have military service (for military discounts)?
  • What is your goal for this vacation?
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Why do you want to work as a travel consultant? ›

"Travel Agents sell dreams. Everyone dreams about going and doing something; a travel agent can make it happen. It is also very rewarding when customers come home and thank you and tell you how great it was." "Being a travel consultant is so much more than a sales position.

Are travel agents in demand? ›

There's pent-up demand for travel. Travelers are ready to get back on the road, and they're already booking trips. ARC reported an August 2021 Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase of 328% (from 2020). But the better news is that pent-up demand also translates to a higher demand for travel advisor services.

How do you sell travel? ›

The 3 things to do to sell travel experiences
  1. Sell tours and activities along with other products. Offer travel experiences together with the services you usually offer. ...
  2. Customize your offer. Don't bore customers with generic offers. ...
  3. Use the data to customize the experiences.

Who is travel agency target market? ›

Target groups are as follows: Householders with incomes of $100,000 and over. Travel agents and professionals with an established client base, particularly in the luxury market. Corporations, civic groups and nonprofit organizations, interested in incentives, retreats, field trips and fund raisers.

Can I be a travel agent from home? ›

The travel industry has evolved. Home-based independent travel agents are becoming the new norm because much of the time-consuming legwork that goes into making travel plans for clients can be streamlined and scaled using new technology.

Can you be a travel agent as a side job? ›

If you have experience in the travel industry, or are prepared to do a little bit of training, then working from home as a travel agent could be your next side hustle idea!

How much does it cost for an IATA number? ›

For self-employed agents, the fee is $165, while full or corporate travel agencies regularly have to pay $360.

How much commission do travel agents make on hotels? ›

→ Hotel-only bookings and car rental companies: These types of bookings typically pay travel agents 10% commission and that's that. There are small variances but car and hotel only bookings are probably the most predictable commission level in this whole mess.

How much do travel agents charge for airline tickets? ›

“Those fees range per agent from approximately $25 to $75 per ticket.” The other advantage of using a travel agent? They are able to provide discounted or free amenities or adventures for the trip.

Do you tip a travel agent? ›

Actually, it is not at all customary to tip money to your agent as tip. But, if you want to give your agent some gift, give him or her positive review. That would be far better than money, which might look bad or hurt someone's dignity. The best gift that you can give your agent is new business.

Is it cheaper to book flights online or with a travel agent? ›

It's more expensive to book flights with a travel agent than to book online from home. That's because travel agents typically charge for their services, even booking a flight on your behalf. Still, an agent's services could be worthwhile for some travelers hoping to avoid stressful vacation planning.

What are the five Ws of travel? ›

Let journalism's five Ws - Who, What, Where, When, & Why - help you discover your own, personal travel style so you can plan the perfect vacation that is suited exactly to your personality. Asking yourself, Why do I want to take this trip?

How much commission does a Disney travel agent make? ›

Disney pays a 10% commission to travel agents. If you're working independently, you'll receive the full 10% — so if your client booked a $5,000 vacation, you'd receive $500 in commission. Do this often enough, and you can see how this side hustle can turn into a full-time job.

Do independent travel agents make money? ›

There is a large earning potential for independent travel agents since your income is comprised of commission, service fees, and consultation fees. Also, as an at-home agent, you are eligible for tax deductions. Travel perks: Also known as FAM trips.

Why do travel agents charge a service fee? ›

“Fees allow us to do a few things: to take on fewer clients and provide a personalized and seamless travel experience, to provide fair compensation for our time and expertise, and to allow us to truly work for a client to provide the best price and value — even if it means we need to book a noncommissionable experience ...

Do travel agents have access to cheap flights? ›

While you may be able to find cheap airfares by yourselves, booking flights using the services of a travel agent will prove to be a lot more cost effective. So how do travel agents book flights at cheaper rates than you? They are able to do this because they have access to airline fares that ordinary travelers don't.

Do travel agents charge the customer? ›

How much does a travel agent cost? The cost of using a travel agent is generally marginal, and often, they won't charge you at all. Much of their money comes from commissions the hotels and wholesalers pay them. Before you decide to book with a travel agent, inquire whether or not they charge fees.

How much should I tip my travel advisor? ›

A general rule of thumb followed by many is to leave 15 percent for average service, 20 percent for great service, and more than 20 percent for service that truly made the meal memorable. It gets a bit grayer when you talk about how – and if – to tip for truly inattentive service.

How much do you tip on a 2 hour tour guide? ›

Q: What's a good rule of thumb for tipping tour guides (and drivers)? A: On a short bus tour (several hours or less), tip your guide 10 – 20 percent of the cost of the tour. Give it to him or her when you say goodbye.

How do I find the best travel agent? ›

Here are a few tips:
  1. Look for the right certification. If the agent is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) (www.asta.org), that's a promising sign. ...
  2. If at all possible, stay local. There's no substitute for the personal touch. ...
  3. Interview the agent. ...
  4. Find out how they react under pressure.

What are the disadvantages of using a travel agent? ›

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  • You Add Another Person To The Equation. ...
  • You Actually Have To Find The Agent. ...
  • They're Not Great For Spur-Of-The-Moment Changes.
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Who is the biggest online travel agency? ›

Expedia has been providing travelers with access to flights, hotels, and cars since the nineties–and they're still a strong contender today. In fact, they're the biggest travel agency in the world.

Why use a travel agent instead of booking online? ›

They offer insurance.

From guaranteeing your hotel is available to knowing if the excursion company is legitimate, booking through a travel agent ensures travelers will not get duped. And they provide insurance for medical emergencies and trip cancellations.

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