Agent Profit Round-Up: FAMs, Commissions & Incentives

written by | Posted on August 29th, 2012

Sceptre Tours

The Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, England, is one of many accommodation options that will get you an increased commission through Sceptre Tours.

 

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Tour through the Adriatic and the Mediterranean with two FAMs, and earn some extra cash, a free tour or a $1,000 gift card. Read it all here in this month’s agent profit round-up.

FAMs
Cruise along the Adriatic Sea with a 7-night Star Clippers cruise. On the Croatia & Adriatic FAM cruise, agents and their companions will sail roundtrip from Venice, Italy, aboard a deluxe 42-sail ship, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper.

The itinerary largely visits Croatia with seven ports of call in the country, including Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik and Hvar. In addition, guests will also enjoy one port of call in Kotor, Montenegro.

Cruise-only rates start at $1,199 pp dbl, inclusive of all meals and snacks while on board, a Captain’s Dinner and welcome cocktail, live entertainment and educational talks about each port.

The Croatia & Adriatic FAM cruise also allows cancellation protection up to 30 days prior to departures, which are available Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29. For more information, call (866) 345-7755 or visit sterlingvacations.com.

Or, head a little further east for a journey to Jerusalem for seven days with Sunny Land Tours.

The agent-friendly company is offering a 7-day Jerusalem Journey, featuring 6-night accommodations, private transfers both ways between BG Airport and Jerusalem, and  two full-day tours (one day in Nazareth, the other in Jerusalem and Bethlehem). The tour visits a variety of religious sites, including Mount Zion, the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha.

Agent rates start at $499 pp land-only, with companions welcome for an additional $100. Departures are available daily through 2013. For more information, call (800) 783-7839 or visit hotfamtrips.com.

Commission
You can now earn an additional 15 percent commission on Europe escorted, custom FIT, chauffeur and golf vacations through Sceptre Tours.

The 15 percent commission is made up of a 5 percent on air and 10 percent on land bookings. To qualify for the increased commission, bookings must be for a minimum 4-night stay with transportation and air. When you register your booking, you’ll also be automatically enrolled in the Sceptre Rewards program, which provides double commissions on each booking.

Increased commissions are available for new bookings made through Sept. 15, but do not apply for the Irish Escape itinerary or for group or promotional packages. For more information, call (800) 495-1642 or visit sceptretours.com/agent-incentives.

Blue Sky Tours, known for its tours and itineraries in Hawaii, is also upping agent-commissionable opportunities, with an added 3 percent commission available year-round for all published airline fares (valid for all seating classes) from all departure cities and on both trans-Pacific and inter-island flights.

The 3 percent added commission is a supplement to standard land commissions and 10 percent bulk air commissions. Commissions are paid out at the time of full payment. For more information, call (800) 747-1221 or visit blueskytours.com.

Incentives
Collette Vacations is making it easier for you to travel yourself, when you book your clients on a Collette tour. With each booking you make, you get a little closer to big savings and free trips.

Your first booking will earn you 40 percent off a Collette tour (companions enjoy 20 percent off). Each booking after that earns you an additional 2 percent discount, creating an incentive chart that looks something like this:

• After 5 bookings, earn 48 percent off land
• 10 bookings = 58 percent off land
• 20 bookings = 78 percent off land
• 32 bookings = 100 percent free trip

When you’re ready to travel, Collette Vacations will calculate your bookings over the past 12 months to determine your discount. Even if you haven’t made any bookings, you’ll be eligible for 30 percent off land, and companions can join at a rate of 15 percent off. Air discounts are also available based on bookings. For more information, call (800) 611-3361 or visit collettevacations.com/agents.

Rail Europe is also doing its part to get you cash with a new Eurostar Trade Incentive promotion, rewarding agents with a $10 Amazon gift card for each Standard Premier Eurostar booking they make.

The promotion runs between Sept. 12-Oct. 10, with three grand prize winners announced at the end. The three grand prize winners will have generated the most Standard Premier revenue during the promotion period, and will each receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card, too.

Eurostar Standard Premier seating features reclining seats, complimentary newspapers, at-seat snack service and generous legroom, with routes serving London, Paris and Brussels. Prices start at $159. For more information, visit agent.raileurope.com.