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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Prestige Agent Network..
WHAT IS THE PRESTIGE AGENT NETWORK?
Our network joins together agents and our agency, a full service travel corporation established in 1988 operating a retail travel agency and discount cruise division. The company is bonded and approved by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), accredited by the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), and a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). They are also licensed as a Seller of Travel and is authorized to operate throughout the United States. We are also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).
HOW DO I FIND MY CLIENTS?
Everyone you know or meet is a potential client. Start with family, friends, church, sport organizations, business associates, neighbors, teachers and clubs. The Travel Club is also an excellent marketing tool to obtain new clients. The Prestige Agent Network can also provide you with a personalized web page that you can market on the Internet.
HOW DO I BOOK TRAVEL WITH SUPPLIERS?
You can simply provide your clients with your agent I.D. number and they can call us directly; or, Call the agency and they will assist you with your clients’ travel needs; or, You can book directly with suppliers (cruises, tours, hotels and cars) following the procedures outlined in your Agent Membership Manual. All network agents have access to our portal, HomeTravelAgent.com where you can access various reservation systems and book directly online.
HOW ARE COMMISSIONS EARNED?
Commissions are paid to the agency by suppliers . The following percentages are typical of what is paid to the agency by suppliers:
Domestic Airlines : % of Service Fee
International Airlines: % of Service Fee
Cruises: 10% – 20%
Tour Packages: 10% – 20%
Hotels & Car Rentals: 10%-18%
EXAMPLE: You book a $2000.00 cruise and the commission rate from the cruise line is 18%. The total commission earned is $360.00. As a Level I Network Member you would earn 30%, or $108.00. As a Level V Network Member you would earn 60%, or $216.00.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS I SELL?
The majority of travel is now done with e-tickets/e-documents that can be printed at your convenience. Other travel documents will be sent via First Class mail and will generally get the documents to you or your clients in ample time. If faster delivery is required we can arrange overnight service, or priority mail based on current agency policies.
HOW CAN I COMPETE WITH OTHER LOCAL AGENCIES?
As an affiliate you will have access to extremely competitive cruise and tour pricing. By utilizing the services of our discount cruise division you will obtain the lowest prices available. You can also use our Travel Club to create customer loyalty by offering special discount vacations travel for members. Through our membership with Travel Leaders Network and other technology providers you also have access to cutting edge tools and services. These services, as well as good customer service, will set you apart from agencies in your local area.
HOW DO I GET BROCHURES?
Suppliers will send you brochures once you are established with them at no cost to you. Brochures are also available online.
HOW DO I KEEP CURRENT ON SPECIALS, DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL PROMOTIONS?
You will have access to our agent portal as well as weekly emails and a wealth of information provided in travel agent periodicals.
WHAT OPERATING EXPENSES ARE THERE OTHER THAN MY INITIAL INVESTMENT?
Very Little! You’ll need business cards, and if you would like, letterhead and invoices displaying your agency name.
HOW LONG DOES MY NETWORK MEMBERSHIP LAST AND ARE THERE ANY MONTHLY FEES?
Your membership in the Network will be renewed on the one year anniversary date of your initial affiliation with the Prestige Agent Network, provided you have earned sufficient commission to indicate that you are actively involved in selling travel. There are no mandatory monthly or annual fees. The only additional fee is a $35.00 fee to cover administrative costs to update your paperwork and files upon your annual renewal.
WHAT IS THE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE?
If you feel the program does not meet your expectations, simply return the books and materials in their original condition within 30 days and you will receive a full refund on the membership fee less the cost of an administrative/shipping & handling fee.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE AGENCY I.D. CARD?
The card is used for the following purposes:
1. To provide agency identification for those states that require registration as a seller of travel
2. Required for agency specials events and training
3. Contains agency and agent data including renewal dates
4. Identification for special programs arranged through selected suppliers and vendors