Unlocking the Perks: Do Travel Agents Get Free Travel?

Jan 18, 2024 | Abundance, Aspiring travel agents, Launch a travel business, Travel Business

Do travel agents get free travel? The short answer? Yes! But, in order to benefit from the perks of being a travel agent, you have to put in the time and effort of being an engaged travel professional.


 

Originally published January 2023; Updated January 2024

Hey there, travel enthusiasts! Today we’re here to spill the beans on the ultimate question: How do travel agents travel for free or score those fantastic perks? If you're curious, buckle up because we’re about to give you the inside scoop.

 

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The Benefits of Being a Travel Agent

Before we dive into the details, we need to emphasize one crucial point – being a travel agent isn't just about reaping the rewards; it's about genuinely being a part of an amazing industry.

Now, let's address the burning question: Do travel agents actually get to travel for free?

Yes, They Do!

 

Here's How Travel Agents Get Free Travel

Fam Trips (Familiarization Trips)

Travel suppliers worldwide leverage travel agents to sell their products. To ensure agents are well-versed in what they're selling, suppliers offer Fam Trips. These are essentially free or heavily discounted trips for agents to experience the products firsthand. Picture agents exploring Martinique, cruising on Harmony of the Seas, or embarking on a Virgin Voyages adventure.

Building Relationships

The key is selling and building relationships. The more active you are in selling, the more opportunities arise for free or discounted travel. Suppliers want agents to be knowledgeable advocates for their products, leading to mutually beneficial relationships.

Travel Agent Rates

Many hotels and resorts offer special rates for travel agents. With codes or specific memberships, agents can enjoy significantly reduced rates at various accommodations. This includes things like being a Hyatt member and having access to Hyatt's travel agent discount code.

Upgrades and VIP Treatment

As you establish yourself in the industry, you may be offered VIP treatment and upgrades.

Site Inspections

Travel agents have the opportunity to participate in site inspections. This involves touring different properties or cruise ships, allowing agents to gain firsthand knowledge and enhance their expertise.

Incentive Programs

Many incentive programs offer bonuses, perks, and even contests for travel agents. These can range from extra bonuses to entirely free trips.

 

How to Access These Travel Agent Perks

To unlock these benefits, you need to be an active travel agent. Most agents, whether working for an agency or independently, require an IATAN or CLIA card. These credentials prove you're a legitimate travel agent. As you build your experience and sell more, you'll gain access to these cards and their associated perks.

If you're considering a career in travel, check out our free masterclass that gives a comprehensive orientation to the travel industry.

 


Being a travel agent is not just a job; it's a passport to a world of experiences. Familiarization trips, discounted rates, VIP treatment – these are not just perks; they're the rewards of being an active and engaged travel professional. So, if you're dreaming of exploring the world while helping others do the same, becoming a travel agent might just be the perfect journey for you.

Until next time, happy travels! ✈️🌍

 

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