HOW DO YOU DIFFER FROM OTHER COMPANIES SELLING SIMILAR PROGRAMS?
TPI was one of the first travel companies to promote the concept of using independent agents to sell travel. We designed this format in 1987 and have continually improved and expanded our offerings. While our fees and commissions are comparable to other programs, we provide many services which are not provided by our competitors. We also provide prompt payment of commissions.
SHOULD I ATTEND TRAVEL SCHOOL PRIOR TO SIGNING UP?
Educational programs are always beneficial, but we don’t think it’s necessary that you attend a travel school.
DO I NEED PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN TRAVEL?
Travel experience isn’t required. Many of our Independent Travel Agents did not have travel experience prior to joining TPI.
HOW SOON WILL I BE BOOKING TRAVEL?
Most of our Independant Travel Agents begin booking very soon after becoming a member. Most of our agents start their business from home. Home-based agencies can be operated very efficiently with a sales volume near $2 million per year. If your business exceeds this level we recommend an office or store front location.
HOW DO I GET BUSINESS?
Your clients are all around you. Everyone travels and feels the need for professional assistance. Individuals, groups, and companies often require the services of dedicated travel agents. We will help you to present yourself professionally and build your business.
DON’T PEOPLE BOOK DIRECT ON THE INTERNET?
Some do, but people with limited time or those who don’t want to deal with planning travel and spending hours researching travel prices prefer to hire a professional to negotiate and manage travel on their behalf.
WHAT ABOUT BONDING AND LICENSING?
TPI is fully accredited by the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). You won’t need to schedule your own appointments with ARC, IATAN or CLIA as long as TPI processes your cruise, tour, and other travel documents. Please check with your state of residence for information on any business licensing laws that may apply to independent sales agents.
IS TPI A FRANCHISE?
No. TPI is a Business Opportunity. We provide the tools you need such as back-office processing so you can concentrate on building your business and growing your client base. We do not have any restrictive agreements that bind you to us. Franchisors often have long and detailed agreements that aren’t easy to dissolve.
CAN CLIENTS GET CHEAPER INTERNATIONAL FARES DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRLINES?
No. They cannot. Your clients will need you as a travel agent to book those fares for them. Fares through a consolidator can be much less than purchasing directly through the airlines. This allows you to mark up international fares to make a profit for yourself while giving you the ability to adjust fares so your clients will save money too.