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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You probably have a ton of questions for us by now. Since we’re in the business of helping people, we’ve put together a quick FAQ to see if we can answer some of them for you.

Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll match you with one our agents who will be able to answer any questions you may have!

How often do I get paid?

With Travel Planners International, you get paid twice a month after the supplier pays us. Other hosts do not pay as often with cruise lines, most pay us after final payment (before they even leave for vacation!).

Can I only work with certain providers (cruise lines/airlines/hotels)?

No — the world is your oyster. At TPI, we have over 1,000 suppliers who give us the highest commission rate, which makes the agent (you!) more money because you’re with TPI.

Do I need to secure business insurance?

Every business, even if home-based, needs to have liability insurance.

How long will training take?

Travel agent campus training is self-paced with two options:

The Express Training on average is completed in a few weeks if you are studying part-time.

The Enhanced Training takes about 4-6 weeks with the same parameters.

Will I receive a certificate once I complete training?

While you will not receive a tangible certificate each course is developed exclusively to meet the entry requirements of travel host agencies.

What other resources will I need to start my travel agent business?

Like any small business owner you will want to make sure that you have a trusted accountant, insurance agent and lawyer to make sure you are set up for success.

Do I get discounts on travel as an agent?

You certainly do – however, any discount or Travel Agent rate you take advantage of reduces or sometimes eliminates any commission you might collect.

Are there government regulations on being a travel agent?

Yes, each state has its own Seller of Travel Laws, which you’ll have to learn more about.

Are there minimum sales or a quota I have to meet every month to be a travel agent?

While every host agency is different, when you partner with TPI there are NO minimum sales quotas or long term contracts.  You will get out of your business what you put into it.

Do I need my own IATA number?

Nope — you use our IATA.

Should I set my business up as an S Corp, C Corp or LLC?

Check with your accountant about which one best serves your needs.

How many hours will this course take?

Travel agent campus training is self-paced with two options:

The Express Training on average is completed in a few weeks if you are studying part-time.

The Enhanced Training takes about 4-6 weeks with the same parameters.

How often do I get paid?

With Travel Planners International, you get paid twice a month after the supplier pays us. Other hosts do not pay as often with cruise lines, most pay us after final payment (before they even leave for vacation!).

Can I only work with certain providers (cruise lines/airlines/hotels)?

No — the world is your oyster. At TPI, we have over 1,000 suppliers who give us the highest commission rate, which makes the agent (you!) more money because you’re with TPI.

Do I need to secure business insurance?

Every business, even if home-based, needs to have liability insurance.

Will I receive a certificate or seal when I pass my course?

While you will not receive a tangible certificate each course is developed exclusively to meet the entry requirements of travel host agencies.

What other resources will I need to start my travel agent business?

Like any small business owner you will want to make sure that you have a trusted accountant, insurance agent and lawyer to make sure you are set up for success.

Do I get discounts on travel as an agent?

You certainly do – however, any discount or Travel Agent rate you take advantage of reduces or sometimes eliminates any commission you might collect.

Are there government regulations on being a travel agent?

Yes, each state has its own Seller of Travel Laws, which you’ll have to learn more about.

Are there minimum sales or a quota I have to meet every month to be a travel agent?

While every host agency is different, when you partner with TPI there are NO minimum sales quotas or long term contracts.  You will get out of your business what you put into it.

Do I need my own IATA number?

Nope — you use our IATA.

Should I set my business up as an S Corp, C Corp or LLC?

Part of the information you will receive is the difference between the three. That with the advice of a lawyer will help you make the best decision for you.

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