HOW DO YOU DIFFER FROM OTHER COMPANIES SELLING SIMILAR PROGRAMS?
TPI was one of the first travel companies promoting the concept of using Independent Agents to sell travel. We designed this format in 1987 and have continually improved on it. While our fees and commissions are comparable to other programs, we provide many services, which are not provided by our competitors, and we 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. We will provide any assistance you may need to run your business.
DO I NEED PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN TRAVEL?
No, you do not. Many of our Independent Travel Agents did not have prior experience in travel.
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 up to a volume of about $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 all need the services of dedicated travel agents. We help you present yourself professionally, and get the business you want.
DON’T PEOPLE BOOK DIRECT ON THE INTERNET?
Some do, but people who value their time (and those are the people you want to deal with), will not spend 2 hours researching travel prices, when they can have a professional do it for them in 10 minutes.
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 will not need 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 the front end. We do not have any restrictive agreements that bind you to us, as a franchise would.
CAN CLIENTS GET THE CHEAPEST INTERNATIONAL FARES DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRLINES?
No they can’t. Your clients will need you as a travel agent to book those fares for them. Fares through a consolidator can be much less than what the airlines quote directly. This allows you to mark up international fares to make a profit for yourself and you can also adjust the fare so that your clients will save money too.