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Travel Benefits

Most people that enter the travel industry typically have a passion to travel! What better way to spend your day than researching and planning trips for your clients. It is very hard work but the travel industry does offer its rewards to dedicated and hard working travel professionals. In order to use the many benefits available to travel professionals, you must have the Travel Agent ID card from IATAN. So what is this card?

  • It is only issued to bona fide travel agents
  • You must have worked in a travel agency a minimum of six months
  • You can shorten the waiting period to three months by successfully passing the TAP* Test
  • You must meet all of the conditions of IATAN
  • Complete the IATAN application and pay a fee
  • The IATAN card is renewed yearly for a nominal fee
  • The IATAN card is property of the travel agency and upon termination of employment must be returned to the agency

The applicant must meet ALL following conditions:

  1. Be an owner, employee or an independent contractor of an IATAN accredited location.
  2. Be registered with IATAN.
  3. Devote a minimum of 20 hours per week to the business of selling travel.
  4. Earn a minimum of USD $5,000 in salary and/or commissions in the prior 12 months.
  5. Be at least 18 years of age

Travel benefits for travel agents will vary by supplier but can include discounts on cruises, hotels, car rentals and escorted tours.

Another form of identification for the travel industry is CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).

  • This is a membership organization consisting of cruise lines, travel agencies and travel agents.
  • Travel Agents that join CLIA and become a member will receive the CLIA identification card.
  • This card is also renewed on a yearly basis.
  • CLIA does verify your travel sales yearly to determine if you are eligible for the card.
  • This card will also allow you to access the benefits available to travel professionals.

So what are the travel benefits?

  • Cruise lines offer travel industry rates; daily rates range from $50 - $100 per person per day.
  • Hotels and car rental firms offer discounts from 10% - 50% off.
  • Escorted tour companies offer discounts on their tours; approximately 10% - 50% off.

Familiarization Trips

One of the most appealing benefits to travel agents is the opportunities to go on a Familiarization Trip or FAM! These trips are organized specifically with the travel professional in mind. They are offered by:

  • Tour Companies
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Visitor bureaus
  • Airlines
  • Cruise lines

The purpose of these trips is to familiarize the agent with the products so they can in turn sell these products to their clients. By experiencing the products first hand, agents can sell them more effectively. These trips can be totally free of charge or have a nominal fee to cover the expenses of the trip. Either way, the price will beat the retail rate sold to the public. Most travel agencies have a FAM trip policy and will allow an agent to participate in one FAM Trip a year. Home Based Travel Agents can participate in these trips as well. FAM trips do require agent identification (IATAN or CLIA ID Card.)

Suppliers offer many booking incentive programs to travel agents which can also allow you to earn travel benefits. These vary from company to company and are offered randomly. Many larger travel agencies offer their own incentive programs to their employees and offer travel benefits for the top producing agents. Travel industry professionals have a passion for the industry and love to travel. A travel agent has many opportunities to actually sell and see the world!

* The TAP Test is included in the AAA Travel Agent Training Center training packages.