TravelBound is offering travel agents a special bonus commission on hotels, sightseeing tours and transfers. Agents can earn an additional 3% commission for European bookings, including destinations in both Western and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia; 2% more for bookings in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and 1% bonus commission for bookings in the Americas, including Canada and the Caribbean. The 3-2-1 promotion applies to TravelBound bookings made through Jan. 30 for travel through Dec. 31. The bonus commission applies to all of TravelBound’s services without exception. No minimum booking value is required; the extra commission is paid once clients have completed travel.
Aqua Expeditions is offering travel agents and members of the travel trade a discounted rate to travel on select Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong departures, to discover first-hand the unique guest experience for which the company is known.
Agents will experience the exceptional levels of luxury, customer service and quality that Aqua Expeditions has created on board, and learn more about the culturally rich areas of the Peruvian Amazon and Mekong River.
Three-, four- and seven-night educational departures are available on the Aria Amazon between Feb. 24 and March 3 and April 7 and 14. Three-, four- and seven-night itineraries are available on the Aqua Mekong between March 3 and 10 and May 5 and 12.
Each departure will include: luxurious accommodations in custom-designed suites; five-star guest service; adventures including biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, cultural meet-and-greets and more; educational learning experiences, such as excursions into local riverside communities and fascinating guide presentations; culinary activities, including visits to local markets and cooking classes; and relaxation in the on-board spas and plunge pools.
Accredited IATA agents are offered a special rate of $350 per person, per night, or $400 per night for single occupancy. Guests accompanying agents will receive 50% off gross rates (limited to one companion per agent).
PLAYA HOTELS & RESORTS
Playa Hotels & Resorts has an incentive that gives agents a free three-night stay for themselves and a guest after they make three bookings for three or more nights at any of six Playa properties in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen or Jamaica. The offer applies for bookings made through Jan. 31 and client travel through May 31. Agents can use the free stay offer from May 1 to Dec. 19.
Sunwing’s newly launched “Cuba Libre” promotion offers agents a chance to earn bonus STAR Agent Reward points and receive complimentary hotel stays at a number of the tour operator’s hottest new resorts. Sunwing, has partnered up with three of their top-rated hotel partners – Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories Resorts and Starfish Resorts – to offer agents multiple ways to be rewarded. Through Jan. 8, agents will receive double STAR points (which convert to cash) for each new confirmed booking at Memories Varadero, Memories Flamenco, Memories Holguin or Starfish Cayo Santa Maria. Each booking an agent confirms will also get them a little closer to prizes offered by Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories Resorts and Starfish Hotels and Resorts. Once an agent has made 10 new room bookings, they will automatically receive a seven-night hotel stay for two at any Royalton, Memories or Starfish resort in Cuba. There will also be a grand prize for the top producing agent — a seven-night stay at the Royalton or Hideaway resort with air.
Until Jan. 31, Sunwing is offering agents the opportunity to earn additional STAR points and cash, in partnership with Karisma Hotels & Resorts. Sunwing is offering double the STAR points, while Karisma Hotels & Resorts are offering double the Karisma Canada Cash (which can be converted into items like gift cards) for agents who book customers for a minimum of three nights at either Sensimar Seaside Suites and Spa or Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana, for departures through Oct. 31.
Transat’s Bonbon rewards program is offering agents $25 for bookings of winter sailings of Celestyal Cruises’ Cuba program. The offer is five times the normal rate for the Celestyal Crystal Cuba itinerary bookings and is for new individual ITC bookings made by Jan. 31 for departures through April 24.
AIR CANADA VACATIONS
Travel agents can will earn 8% commission on flights booked with an FIT cruise. Not only will agents benefit from ACV’s CruiseAir program, clients are offered a full refund on booked flights up to 30 days prior to travel; one name change up to 30 days prior to travel and Aeroplan Miles. Furthermore, clients will only have to put down a $100 refundable deposit to hold flights and with ACV’s Best Price Guarantee they can be confident that they are getting the lowest price possible. ACV’s Flight Guarantee ensures clients catch up to their cruise even if the unexpected happens. Along with earning 8% commission on air, agents that book all-in-one cruise packages online will automatically be entered to win a seven-night air-inclusive Caribbean cruise for two. The contest ends April 15.
Viking Cruises has launched a new travel trade promotion in which an agent could win US$1 million.
In celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, the Challenge – dubbed “Your Ship Has Come In: Viking Million Dollar Voyage” – runs through March 31, and qualified travel agents who sell Viking’s river or ocean cruises will have the opportunity to win.
To be eligible, agents must register at www.vrc.com/million after which each qualified Viking River Cruises or Viking Ocean Cruises booking made from through March 31, will count as an entry. The winning travel agent, chosen at random, will win US$1 million.
Collette has brought back its annual “Book Your Own Bonus” agent incentive. Agents qualify for this promotion after their first booking. Following their initial booking, their money starts to grow – 2nd booking, earn $50; 3rd booking, earn $100. Any booking after three, receive $100 per booking. The offer is valid on new bookings made through March 31 for departures in 2017 on all of Collette’s product lines including Explorations, River Cruises and Spotlights. A booking is defined as a minimum of two full paying passengers in a double room or a single passenger in a single room.
Through March 28, agents who book a group of 10 or more clients with either Sunwing or Signature Vacations can win up to one million STAR Agent Reward Points that can be used for travel rewards, or be converted into an equivalent cash value of $1,800 ($1 is equivalent to 555 STAR points). Agents booking weddings, family reunions, business meetings or incentive group packages to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central America for departures from May 1 and onwards can also earn additional commission when they add select features such as tours and excursions.
PROMPERU (the Peru Export & Tourism Promotion Board) has renewed its Peru Points program for travel agents. The sales companion and training tool is designed to enhance agent’s knowledge and improve sales and includes new and shareable content, insider tips, videos, itineraries and brochures.” Plus, each quarter, agents that book Peru will be eligible for a chance to win a trip for two to Peru, including air courtesy of LATAM Airlines Group. Agents should visit the web site and click on the rewards icon to enter their bookings.
AlSol Hotels & Resorts has rolled out a new travel agent program – AlWays AlSol! – offering agents who book directly on the Travel Agent Portal a 15% commission. In addition, agents will earn one free night for every five paid nights at the AlSol resort of choice. As a bonus, AlSol Hotels & Resorts – which has three properties in the exclusive community of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic – will give agents one free night to start as a thank you for joining the AlWays AlSol program. To register, agents go to www.AlSol.com/travel-agents and click “register now.”
Rocky Mountaineer is offering agents a chance to win a journey through the Rockies with its newly launched “Travel Agent Challenge.” Top performing agents will be rewarded from a selection of journeys ranging in length and excursions. However, all winners will experience the world-renowned GoldLeaf Service – la crème de la crème of Rocky Mountaineer’s product offerings. There are separate contests available to Eastern Canadian and Western Canadian agents.
Learn more about the contest details and prizes applicable to your region here: Western Canada – http://bit.ly/1TpacKK; Eastern Canada – http://bit.ly/21A7ZCh.
Goway Travel’s dedicated GroupsOnly department has tripled its rewards incentive for travel agents and travel planners for any group booking of 10 or more passengers.
!!! Deposit on any new air/land group and receive $100 on your card.
!!! Get another $100 on your card when the group travels and double your rewards.
!!! If the group goes to Europe: that’s $200 when the group travels.
!!! Book and deposit a group by March 31 and use it as a “wild card” stamp on your Goway Passport.
For more information, visit the incentive page at www.GowayAgent.com
KARISMA HOTELS & RESORTS
Karisma Hotels & Resorts has introduced a new incentive exclusively for Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants – Cash-in Your Points. The program enables active Diamond and Elite Consultants to apply points from prior reservations toward clients’ vacations and pocket the cash, when booking directly through Karisma Hotels & Resorts. The Cash-in Your Points incentive will reward travel agents by allowing them to apply points for up to two nights of their clients’ booking in exchange for the cash value of the corresponding room rate. Agents will receive 21% commission on nights paid in full, and a reimbursement of the nights booked with points, for a total cash back reward of up to US$3,140. Best of all, there are no blackout dates. For Cash-in Your Points, clients must book a minimum of three nights in order for a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant to utilize their points and pay for up to two nights.
Insight Vacations is reminding agents about its “Insight Bonus Points” program, allowing them to collect points which they can redeem to experience an Insight journey on the company. For every Insight Vacations booking, agents will earn one Insight Bonus Point. Five points will allow agents to save 10% off an Insight journey, while 15 points will offer a 30% savings. Once agents collect 25 points, a free Insight trip will be redeemable when agents combine the 50% offer and their 50% Agent Discount. Every Insight Bonus Point is worth an additional 2% reduction from the confirmed travel agent discount, and agents can accumulate their points for up to three years.
AMResorts has an innovation to its travel agent loyalty platform AMRewards. Over 17,000 registered travel agents can now enjoy an automatic booking bonus retrieval process by signing in to their AMRewards.com account. Within 24 hours agents will see the credit added into their Visa prepaid card, which can be redeemed worldwide. Developed with direct insights from AMResorts’ Travel Agent Advisory Board, the loyalty program, has seen more than 150 million points collected and 113,000 bookings, which represents $2.4 million in redemptions. In addition to the automated booking bonus program with AMRewards Visa prepaid cards, AMResorts’ platform supports agents with other points-based features, including automatically-generated stay certificates for complimentary nights at any AMResorts property (based upon point qualification standards); co-branded marketing materials such as banner displays; and on-demand webinars and customized e-communications.
COCONUT BAY, SAINT LUCIA
Travel agents booking Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa will earn $50 branded e-vouchers, free nights and more when they join CBAYREWARD$. The new, simplified agents rewards program replaces the resort’s Sterling Agent Program. Agents now enrolled in the Sterling Agent program will automatically be enrolled in CBAYREWARD$. Participating agents receive their choice of a $50 prepaid MasterCard, Amazon.com or iTunes e-voucher for every booking of five nights or more in a Premium or higher room category. For every seven-night booking in an Oceanview room category or higher, agents also receive one free night towards a Coconut Bay all-inclusive getaway. In addition, CBAYREWARD$ members will earn up to 15% commission on all direct bookings and Coconut Bay will have special amenities presented from the agent to their clients in room on arrival, including a welcome letter, a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit plate.