I’m starting to grow my Facebook group which is https://www.facebook.com/groups/TravelforMompreneurs/, and I would love to have anyone interested in working with me join. And today the question came up, “how do we tell if a travel agent is actually legitimate?” So we are going to look at that today.
- Let’s take a look at what I do to start with. I’m joined to a host agency, which is what most travel agents who work from home do. Having a host allows me to work with the different vacation vendors and be paid a commission when I book a hotel, car rental, cruise, theme park, or something like that. I will never ask you for cash. And I will not ask for your credit card information until you and I have agreed on the booking that you want to make. When other travel agents ask about giving them cash, that’s a red flag for sure.
- I make more when you spend more, so yes, I am going to ask you about upgrading your cruise or going to a a nicer hotel. But I want you to love the vacations you go on that I book, so that hopefully you will want to use my services again. I’m not going to push you into booking a trip that you will not like. If someone is trying to book a trip that you feel isn’t going to meet your needs, and is arguing with you about it, that is another red flag.
- If someone books a vacation for you, and then says, “Oh, and you need to pay me one hundred dollars as a commission,” that’s a red flag. All charges should be discussed up front before you make your decision to book.
- If you’re asking to go somewhere I haven’t heard about, I am going to do some research about it to help you figure it out. A travel agent who simply says, “I’ve never heard of that place,” and leaves it at that is probably not legitimate.
Okay, I think I am going to be able to do this, but I’m not 100% sure. I think we are going to get back to this discussion tomorrow. I would love to know your thoughts.