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11. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6277 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I strongly suspect that what you heard on your course doesn't work in reality.

Would you book flights for someone else...and take on all the financial and legal responsibility...for free?

12. Posted by Treensbert (Respected Member 321 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

It was supposed to be an official one following ACTA guidelines, so I really don't know. Not at all is it for free, though. It's what makes that position so unappealing, I find. Their income comes from commission, so selling flights, hotels, etc, which in the end really isn't that much. So it's the particularly larger packages (such all inclusive ones) where the agent earns the most. That also sort of turned me off from it, since you put in an insane amount of work and yield little from it, unless you get a knack for selling the trips you need to keep a steady income (or work for an agency, which is I think a diff. story?) - and I didn't find slaving away for selling all-inclusive exactly awesome.

But I do agree, it's kinda meh. As an individual (I was thinking of signing up with a host firm - so you get access to Galileo or whatever, but do your own thing), you'd have to be EXTREMELY detailed with the legal fine print, in case anything goes awry. I read about other TAs who messed up in the trip or sthg went wrong and they had to cover it out of their own pocket, which can apparently happen. So yeah, it's kinda hard core, I take it.

13. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2940 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I think we're at risk of hijacking the OP's thread with the conversation about travel agency courses. If you want to continue that discussion let's start a new thread for it please.

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