Agents, we’re bringing you the latest roundup of perks and programs with everything from cash bonuses to booking systems made easy.
If you haven’t taken advantage of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts’ booking bonus, you still have time. The company has extended its $50 Fiji booking bonus through Dec. 31 when U.S. agents book travelers at the Outrigger on the Lagoon, Fiji for a 5-night stay through that same date.
The 250-room beachfront hotel is located between two villages on Fiji’s Coral Coast, and offers guests butler service, the Bebe Spa Sanctuary, and a variety of restaurants with international cuisine.
Agents will earn the $50 booking bonus on top of commission. Rates start at $245 for a Superior Resort View room. For more information, visit outrigger.com/fiji-booking-bonus-flyer or outriggeragent.com.
airberlin also extended its 5 percent booking incentive, which started in June, through July on new bookings for all classes made through July 31.
North American agents can earn the extra commission for travel through 2014. The airline offers nonstop service from Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami and New York to hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf.
Agents can earn rewards and more with bookings to Las Vegas through the Cash in on Vegas booking incentive and rewards program from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The rewards program, which runs now through July 31, 2014, gives retail travel agents 100 points for every room booked in Las Vegas, which can be redeemed for hotel accommodations, show tickets or activities. To qualify, clients must travel now through Aug. 31, 2014 and bookings must include accommodations with air or land-only in Clark County, NV.
Through the booking incentive, the top-selling agents will be entered into monthly drawings with $60,000 worth of rewards. First-place winners will earn $1,000, while other rewards include $750, $500, $150 and $100 in cash cards.
When travel agents register with Expedia TAAP and make a booking, they’ll receive one entry per booking into a drawing for an iPad mini, from now through July 31.
In addition, agents can earn a $100 bonus commission when they register with Expedia TAAP for the first time and book $2,000 at Expedia Special Rate hotels by the end of that same month.
For those booking group travel of 20 or more people, Travel Bound has launched a new reward for North American agents booking trips to Western, Eastern or Central Europe; the Mediterranean; the UK and Ireland; Scandinavia and Russia; Australia; and New Zealand.
Agents can earn a gift card worth $200 to $400, depending on the size of the group, for bookings made now through December for travel departing before 2014.
“Given the growing appeal of niche experiences and traveling with people who share the same interests, there’s never been a better time to book group travel,” says Tommy Ryder, head of groups for Travel Bound. “Agents are our best advocates for the benefits of group travel and we want them to encourage their clients to put together a tour to some of our most popular destinations. We’re ready to advise on destination hotspots and experiences that everyone will want to see.”
Agents who have completed the Monograms Booking Agent specialist course (MBA) can now book vacations even quicker with the updated Monograms Booking Flow system.
“Our new Monograms Booking Flow makes it faster and easier for agents to bundle and customize a Monograms vacation,” says Steve Born, v.p. of marketing for the Globus family of brands. “The upgraded system is as familiar as the Globus Booking Flow for agents. For instance, extra nights are an easy tack-on option; there’s a new ‘view excursions’ button providing details; additional ‘learn more’ links and photos are now online and hotels can be upgraded individually or all-at-once. In short, MBAs now have an even more reliable, timesaving booking solution at their fingertips.”
In addition to this update, MBA graduates receive 50 percent off any Monograms worldwide package; CEUs with The Travel Institute; $50 Visa gift card with their first deposited booking; an MBA diploma and logo; complimentary marketing materials; and a chance to win a free Monograms trip for two. For more information, visit globusfamilypartner.com/mba.
Meanwhile, Intrepid Vacations is launching a travel agent portal on its site, allowing agents to easily search for programs and more information.
On the site, agents can print vouchers and travel documents, track bookings and commissions, access webinars and training modules and download marketing materials. Agents can register for free on the site and receive access to exclusive offers and promotions, as well as competitive commission programs (10 to 20 percent on certain promotions).
For more information, visit intrepid-vacations.com.