Frequently Asked Questions
The best home-based travel agency business sets you up for success. Look into how long they’ve been in business, how their partnerships for agents work, if they offer training, how their commission split structures work, and if they provide a community for you. You don’t want to be in this industry alone.
When you partner with TPI as your host travel agency, you become a part of a family and we’re here to grow with you. You have access to resources, training, community support, and commission split structures to get you the most money. Also, we’re just really cool to hang out with.
As a Rockstar, you have access to marketing and promotional materials, an Agent Portal, local meetups, community support, and more! Our expert staff is committed to you and obsessed with your success. In fact, our travel advisors tell us that they can’t find our heart and soul from any other travel host agency.
A HOST agency is your partner in the travel industry. At TPI we work with over 4000+ travel agency business owners and entrepreneurs like yourself, providing you the highest commission levels with travel suppliers, relationships and training with each supplier, guidance, tools, back-office accounting support and ongoing education to run your business successfully. HOST agency’s retain a small portion of your commission to provide you this support.
Since you’re new to the industry, training is the first step in securing a solid foundation. With the right training, you’ll gain instant access to the proper knowledge, skills, and abilities that are crucial to your success. This is the training provider that TPI recommends Travel Agent Campus.
Because you are new to the industry, you’ll need to obtain Travel Industry training prior to launching your business. Initial industry training varies from $200 to $450. We have partnered with several training providers; Travel Agent Campus is our preferred provider for training.
After you have completed training there is a small start-up with TPI, based on the commission level and term of the agreement. Call us, so we can fully explain how it works. It’s easy and painless, promise!
What kind of commitment am I making to sign up with TPI? What are the terms of the contract?
Category: Getting Started
At TPI we believe that it’s your business, we’re here to guide and help you build it, so our contracts are set-up annually, but you can opt-out any month along the way.
IATAN requires that you first make $5k in commissions before you can apply for your personal IATAN card. We have a department to help you obtain that.
CLIA – TPI has waived the $5k commission minimum. Agents can join or renew directly with CLIA by logging into cruising.org. They must either create their own login (if they’re completely new to CLIA) or use their existing one. Once logged in, they’ll enroll for 2019 Individual Agent Membership (not to be confused with Agency Membership) by clicking on the TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL tab and following the link provided on that page.
The membership will be valid for the calendar year (Ex:1/1/19 to 12/31/19). The annual cost is $115, but TPI agents get a $50 discount. Yahoo! Which will bring it down to only $65. Agents will enter their credit card information on CLIA’s website as part of the enrollment process and CLIA will charge their card directly. CLIA will mail the EMBARQ ID directly to the agent to the address on their CLIA profile.
We do not offer live leads. We focus on training our travel agent business owners to generate their own leads via our Marketing and Business Development Teams.
We offer a wide array of marketing support to help you market your business. Free email marketing software, Direct mail options, Social Media tools, and consumer website choices.
A consumer website is not included; however, we offer several options for consumer websites or you can build your own. We leave that up to you!
TPI offers Dynamic Invoicing to create customizable invoices and quotes to send to your customers. This tool does not replace submitting your sales through the accounting tool.
TPI invests in your business through a multitude of training programs. Advocate Meetups, TPI Insight, Rock Your Travel Biz, TPI Rocks, Vacation Nights, Supplier FAMS/Trade Shows, Friends of TPI Networking Events and Open House. Call us and we can tell you more about all the ways we support you as you grow your business.
We do not require this to join TPI, however, we encourage you to speak with your accountant and take advantage of all the benefits that come with opening your own business.