The 2014 New Year began with a snowstorm. It came through the northern Midwest of the United States, causing enough disruption to earn recognition as the January 2014 North American Blizzard. Many people were bound by cancelled flights. When they called their airline in an attempt to remedy the situation, they were met with nothing more than an automated message repeating, “Due to high call volumes, all our agents are currently unavailable. Please try again later.”
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Being your own boss is liberating. You get to set your own hours and schedule, and have greater flexibility. Sometimes, however, being a homebased agent has its drawbacks. When you have a large group, a travel emergency, or even need assistance in your native language, dealing with it all on your own can be overwhelming. You need a wingman and the airline consolidator is the perfect candidate.
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We have talked a lot about how good an airline consolidator is for your business, and you may have even added working with one to your travel agent toolkit. However, if you have been working with one for a while and doubt their services are helping you reach your goals, it’s time to find a better one.
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If you’ve used an airline consolidator in the past, you’re already on track for advancing your job in the travel industry. It means, on top of organizing fulfilling itineraries for clients’ travels, you include selling airfare in your services; but did you know working with an airline consolidator brings advantages beyond low airfare?
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Working with an airline consolidator is an excellent way to grow not only your sales, but also your career as a travel agent. The ability to set your own markups, find lower fares than ones published online, and have 24/7 support are just some of the many benefits you’ll get when you book with a consolidator. However, when choosing a consolidator to work with, it’s crucial that you do your research. We’ve identified the qualities you’ll want to see and some red flags to watch out for.
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Time is money, as the old saying goes. If you’re hung up on trip planning details, or simply unsatisfied with your current commissions, there’s an easy and free way to ramp up your earnings: consider working with an airline consolidator. Not only will you be able to make higher, better commissions, consolidators will provide you with help in a plethora of other ways.
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In the era of booking travel online, it’s tougher than ever to be a travel agent. Clients can book their own vacations with the click of a button which begs the question of why an agent is relevant anymore. Thankfully, airline consolidators exist, and they are one of the greatest resources an agent can use to tip the playing field.
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As far as the travel industry is concerned, airline consolidators are a recent phenomenon. These companies have only been around for the last half century or so, but they have developed into an integral part of the industry. As part of a monthly series on airline consolidators, today we’ll be discussing the history behind them and why they can benefit travel agents.
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Choosing to work with an airline consolidator is one of the best decisions you can make as a travel agent. Just like everything else in life, you want to make sure the company you work with is reputable. So how do you determine if an airline consolidator is trustworthy? There are several different ways to vet a consolidator before you work with them.
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When it comes to booking itineraries, you might be neglecting a valuable resource: airline consolidators. They do more than provide low net fares for you and your clients. In fact, many airline consolidators can help you plan an itinerary from start to finish. It’s like having an extra employee – or ten. If you’re ready to give your business a boost, tune in to this monthly series on airline consolidation throughout 2018.
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