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1. Posted by danielmabe12345 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Tips for a new travel advisor?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2906 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

We're mostly independent travellers, who have little use for a travel agent (if that's what you mean by travel advisor), so this may not be the best place to ask.

My advice would be to specialise, as I think agents are a dying breed. Cruise passengers tend to like a lot of hand-holding, so that's probably a safer area.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5372 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

"Tips for a new travel advisor?"

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Hello.

If you read a post on this travel forum that you can provide help for, feel free to chime in with some personal advice or suggestions.

If you need help with with a pending trip mention where you will go and where starting from. Usually someone can help you. Sometimes the month you travel could be a factor in advice you get. Ex. Good weather for beaches or snow for skiing. Etc.

If you are selling a service that is not allowed.

Up to you.

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5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2541 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

... Cruise passengers tend to like a lot of hand-holding, so that's probably a safer area.

Cruise lines are one of the few organizations which still give a travel agent a commission. They no longer get a commission for transportation or hotels for instance. In my mom's day, the TA would get their pay from the hotels, airlines, railroads etc. Now, for using a TA for booking a hotel, you pay the TA for their time.

One reason that the TAs still get commissions from cruise lines is that booking a cruise is not as easy as it looks. There are a lot of options - differences between companies (like do you want a Carnival cruise on a party boat or do you want Holland American which has the reputation of having the majority of the passengers be over 80--- it isn't true for HA but it is true for Carnival Cruise lines which is different from Carnival Corporation) differences between types of rooms, and TA can get you some discounts.

Booking a cruise now is significantly different from the way it was before Covid.

For instance, some lines give you a discount or on-board credit if you own stock in the company. But the way to get that credit has changed this year. There are also discounts for veterans or active duty personnel. If you don't know about the discounts you may be missing out.

There is also a significant difference on when you pay. Viking River Cruise line makes you pay in full when you book or at least 180 days in advance and it isn't necessarily refundable if there is a problem. Other river boat lines only require payment 90 days in advance and some of it is refundable.

There are certain insurance policies that you can get where you get an almost full refund for cancelling at any time and others that will not pay if you have a pre-existing condition that they can deny payment for.

The ins and outs of booking cruises is not as simple as booking a hotel or an airline flight.

6. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

to # 2 and # 5: why did you suggest the OP want to take a cruise? I don't see it mentioned anywhere on his post?
I only see that he obviously don't know the words "please" and "thank you".

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2541 posts) 9w 1 Star this if you like it!

We were not suggesting that he take a cruise.

Andy assumed that his request was to get hints on how to become a travel agent. Although it could have also been a request to FIND a travel agent. Or he might have been someone who was selling a product to travel agents.

In any case, Andy correctly indicated that most of the travelers on this website don't use travel agents, but that the cruise ship industry still is a fertile field for travel agents. But he also indicated the people who take cruises need "hand holding". My post was merely to say that it isn't all that easy to be a good cruise travel agent.

8. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

  1. 7: Yes, this is exactly as I understood your post. I only was wondering why this information about a cruise was coming up here.

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10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2906 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

# 7: Yes, this is exactly as I understood your post. I only was wondering why this information about a cruise was coming up here.

Because, as Rosalie said, I took the vague question to mean they were looking for tips for a newbie travel agent, so I suggested specialising in cruises since that's the main area where I think agents are still used.

As the OP hasn't been back I guess we'll never know.

[ Edit: Edited on 21 Dec 2023, 16:23 GMT by AndyF ]