The choices are many and the tasks are so similar from one travel mlm business opportunity to the next. Becoming a travel agent with Paycation might be a worthwhile question to ask.
Maybe you’re a trained travel agent looking for a change.
Or, perhaps you’re a traveler looking to make some income.
Or, someone has mentioned Paycation and invited you to join.
Let me say from the start, I’m not related to Paycation in any way. I am not a member, nor an affiliate, nor in the administration of the company.
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Let’s look into this question of being a travel agent with Paycation.
Unlike most mlm travel opportunities, Paycation actually refers to its independent network of members as “agents” (at least in their log-in screen for members). Most travel mlms call them anything but agents…members, travelers, tourists, etc.
Some would say these travel mlm opportunities are not travel agent positions. Instead of travel agents they are salespeople for travel club memberships that promote discounted travel choices. (That’s exactly what Worldventures, among others, puts in its own promotional material).
Some would even say everyone that joins a mlm travel business is a scammer and any mlm travel opportunity is a scam. They would say that Paycation is a scam, that Disrupt Travel is a scam and that you are a scammer if you join them.
That’s an awful lot of hating going on.
Travel agents have had a rough time. Their professional role has been diminished to a few clicks of the mouse because the public has access to many of the agent-style tools…but they don’t have the knowledge that a travel agent has.
Just clicking through choices for flights and accommodations is the bare minimal a travel agent does in their role of service. Taxes, tariffs, fees, visas, passports, entries, port of calls, connections, additional amenities, excursions, best of travel, travel advisories, preferred levels of comfort, and much more is the normal bill o faire that an agent supplies. Without the agent, the solid travel experience is a craps shoot.
Many airlines dropped their commissions to travel agents back in the first decade of 2000 and this further seemed to level the travel agent field. When the transportation, accommodations, and excursion industries did the same, that’s when sites like Expedia, Travelocity, and so many more were stepped up.
Hundreds of experienced travel agents moved to back office jobs, holding the structures together while mlm travel members moved to the selling and enlistment side of things.
When sites that previously and exclusively offered access to travel agent discounts now offer the same discounts to travel and vacation clubs, everything went south for the strictly traditionally trained travel agent. SABRE, the worldwide software internet system of bookings, was so closely mimicked (by the untrained eye) through public sites like Expedia and Travelocity, everything became confusingly simple to the majority of self-styled travelers.
A fully trained travel agent (with trade school training and certifications out the whazoo) was finding it more lucrative to take their business home and go under a “hosted” agency.
Basically as a travel agent under a host agency you would own your own travel business and work under the umbrella of the host (who has the ARC approval for airline ticket bookings and such). The host would many times supply a website, promotional materials and even software for accounting and management needs.
You would set your own hours, develop your own clientele, and establish and develop your own contact management of customers and business transactions. Many umbrella hosts would charge a setup fee and sustain the relationship through a month subscription cost.
Can someone tell me what the difference is between being a trained, certified work at home “hosted” travel agent and working with a travel mlm? Just set to the side the required training and certification of old-style travel agents, and answer the question, “Does the customer actually realize any significant difference between the two types of services?” Not enough to notice, and that’s a shame I would have to say.
Not only that, but the standard travel agent environments include both leisure or vacation clientele and corporate clientele mainly applied to business travel and business stays, exactly the same practical applications available in most (not all) travel mlm business opportunities.
A traditional trained travel agent earns the position and various certifications through extensive training in a great variety of related travel industry fields: (to name just a few)
- Airports, airfares and airline tickets
- Airline terms and airport codes
- Vehicle rentals and rail travel (American and European systems)
- Marketing strategies and tools
- Sales and customer service
- World geography and cultural heritage
How To Be A Travel Agent With Paycation
From what I can gather regarding Paycation from blogs, forums, and interviews, they use Xstream Travel as their training source for salespersons to be transformed into “travel consultants.” Xstream Travel has more than a dozen years of experience as a recognized travel agency and has put hundreds through its training process.
Paycation invites you to choose among three different membership offers: (check with them directly because these numbers do change from time to time)
- For $29.95 monthly with a $40 initial payment you can join as an Independent Affiliate and get a travel club membership, website and back office support.
- For $69.95 monthly with a $99.95 initial payment and a $40 annual renewal fee you can join as a Referral Travel Consultant and get a travel club membership, website and booking portal, and back office support.
- For $69.95 monthly with a $149.95 initial payment and a $40 annual renewal fee you can join as a Certified Travel Consultant and get a travel club membership, website and booking portal, and back office support.
Paycation encourages its members to move quickly to a position of Referral Travel Consultant and then, with additional training and experience right into a Certified Travel Consultant. (Although the titles here are “consultant” the log-in refers to all of them as “agents.”)
Why? Because it makes their salespersons more knowledgeable about the travel experiences offered and it sets a different level of commission according to the position you hold when a sale is made.
Paycation pays no commissions for air travel, but any accommodations for stays (hotel, resort, condo, etc.) or vehicle rentals will earn commissions at:
- Sixty-five percent for Referral Travel Consultant on their travel portal and twenty percent commission for referrals to the Paycation corporate department.
- Seventy-five percent for Certified Travel Consultant on their travel portal and twenty percent commission for referrals to the Paycation corporate department.
That’s the direct sales side of Paycation, the one that most commonly compares to a travel agent environment.
There’s another side to Paycation…the mlm side of recruiting, managing, nurturing, and forming a downline of members doing the very same things you are doing.
There are commissions and bonuses that come with the mlm side of things.
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