Local Agents - Program Benefits
Choose The Program That Fits Your Needs:
Whether you’re a travel agency owner interested in reducing overhead or an experienced agent going out on your own, we have a program for you.
Eliminate Unnecessary Overhead:
Attention agency owners! You didn’t get in the travel business to do ARC reports, pay rent and deal with unproductive employees. Now you can move your business to Montrose, retain your clients and top producers, affiliate with us and increase your profitability.
Maximize Your Time With Clients:
It’s true, you don’t make money in travel until you actually sell something. By affiliating with Montrose Travel you can spend more time consulting with your clients and building your business. It all results in increased loyalty and repeat business from happy clients. Our program offers you complete control over the entire sales process with your clients.
Capitalize On Our Success:
Montrose Travel is a Top 50 Travel Management Company nationwide. With us, you can take advantage of the programs, supplier relationships, experienced staff and business philosophies that have made us successful. Our reputation in the industry and financial stability are unsurpassed.
Your Own Identity:
You keep your identity, company name, current phone numbers and independence and are considered a “self-employed” independent contractor for tax purposes.
Secure Client List:
Because you are an independent contractor, your client list is your property and will not be used or sold. You control your list and your marketing.
Share in all upfront leisure supplier commission overrides. Some companies share commissions based on a 10% base commission, not us. You will enjoy a full complement of preferred suppliers offering commissions up to 18%.
Technology and automation are critical for future success and can be very expensive. Our technology tools are unparalleled in the hosting industry. From our Private Labeled Consumer Website to our proprietary dynamic packaging tool (to customize your own air, car, and/or hotel packages) to the various tools provided for customer trip research and marketing, you won’t find another host with all we have to offer. We have also invested heavily in Quality Control processes that automate much of the reservation process, track unused e-tickets on behalf of corporate customers, and check for lower fares, better seat assignments, and upgrade inventory every hour until the day of departure.
Advance Your Travel Education:
Take your education as far as you want to go. We encourage you to attend our weekly training and product update sessions (non-mandatory) to take full advantage of our internal resources. You’ll also be eligible to go on fams.
Because of our size and buying power, we have negotiated many of our preferred supplier arrangements directly with our key suppliers. In addition, we supplement these suppliers with our membership in Ensemble Travel, a leisure travel consortium. Montrose Travel is one of the largest members of Ensemble Travel.
Our exclusive, negotiated commission levels for both airlines
and leisure suppliers will help offset the horrendous profit loss caused
by the airlines.
The majority of our airline partners and leisure suppliers provide certain programs and commissions that enable us to earn more per transaction than the average travel agency. We have proven we can beat internet pricing for both test airline tickets and cruises.
Group Expertise and Support:
Take advantage of our expertise in finding, negotiating and executing all types of group travel, from leisure groups to meetings and incentives. You even retain all the complimentary travel earned and used and can build in additional mark-ups to increase your profitability. For approved groups, Montrose Travel will front the deposits (if not covered by your clients).
Extensive Blocked Cruise Space:
Each year, Montrose Travel blocks and deposits hundreds of special sailings for you to sell into. We work with a variety of preferred cruise lines and offer value-added amenities to you for your FIT and group clients that they normally wouldn’t have access to. This product will give you the competitive edge that you need to close cruise sales.
Destination Weddings, Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways:
Consider a specialty in destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and romantic travel and capitalize on of our years of experience. This is yet another way to differentiate yourself from your competition.
Our special contracts and fares are available to help you retain clients by saving them money and maximize your own profits.
Turnkey Marketing Programs:
Our advertising, marketing and promotional materials are developed and can be used by you by simply placing your company name in place of Montrose Travel’s name on anything we have before going to print. And even better yet, we will pay up to 50% of all your marketing expense for you. Our leisure marketing tools include a complete self-help marketing support toolkit including downloadable documents, flyers and promotional pieces and highly targeted customer blast email capabilities. Our goal is to guide and assist you where necessary so you don’t have to recreate the wheel.
Full support includes commission tracking and payments, client and supplier payment processing, ARC processing, address verification for online bookings, and credit card merchant processing.
Galileo (Apollo) is available. No long term contracts. If you’re currently using another system, we can set you up with online tutorials to learn Apollo. Training can be provided at no cost should you wish to take advantage of it.
Save On Your Personal Travel:
Book your personal travel and earn commissions. Take advantage of industry benefits extended to agents. Apply for your CLIA card, or once you earn at least $5,000 in annual commissions you may apply for an IATAN card. Existing IATAN and CLIA cards may be transferred to us.
Just because you maintain your own company identity doesn’t mean you’re not a part of our family. Each year we offer opportunities to recognize our successful travel partners including our coveted President’s Club for top producers. In addition, we throw two excellent Awards Parties annually!
Dedicated personnel within specific departments are standing by to assist you when you need help whether you’re in or out of town.