Posted March 13th, 2010, 04:54 PM
Does anyone know how the TA commission is based, a flat rate for the booking or what type of cabin is booked?
Our TA gets certain percentage depending on the cabin type we book -- the cost of the cruise -- in order words -- the longer the cruise and the higher cabin category we book, the bigger commission she gets.yes indeeds that true. just like in most professions:
yes indeeds that true. just like in most professions:True, but some in some professions, people work on straight commission, while others work on salary + commission, and then there are those who work on salary + bonus. I think this is what the OP was asking.
cars - more expensive higher commission
real estate - moere expensive higher commission
grocery shopping - more u buy..the more the store makes
insurance agents - higher the premium...higher the commission
airline tickets - the higher the price, the more airlines make
waiters - the higher the bill - the more the waiter makes on a tip....
just want to make the original poster that this rules does not only apply to travel agents - its a life thing....its the way the world turns...
I have always been curious as to when the Travel Agent receives his/her commission on your cruise. Is it after final payment? Or is it after you return from your cruise? I am too chicken to ask our travel agency. Always wanted to know.I believe it's after you board; it's not before. I don't know if you have to complete the cruise.
Hi Everyone, I'll answer all your travel agent questions. I'm a TA in NYC and I don't make a salary but just work on commissions. You are right about the more you purchase from a cruise the more we get in commissions. How Commissions work is that the Cruise Lines will pay us. They will pay us between 15% to 20% depending on the sales of the agency. From my agency I'll make at least 11% of the sale and the travel agency will make the rest. The travel agency will get the commision when the final payment is made by the client. The Cruise Line will probably take a few weeks to cut the check to the agency though. When I work with a client, they can e-mail or call me as much and they want and I never charge them anything for my time. I will also give my clients extra perks like onboard credit, wine, a free dinner at a specialty restaurant and so on. I hope this helps and have a nice day.I know there's govt tax and there are 'non-commissionable' fees, so is the 15-20% you're referring to based just on the basic fare, the cost shown online before all the fees are added on?
I have always been curious as to when the Travel Agent receives his/her commission on your cruise. Is it after final payment? Or is it after you return from your cruise? I am too chicken to ask our travel agency. Always wanted to know.It depends upon the cruise line's policy. My TA told me some pay before, some after.
I've been wondering this.... Do you consider it appropriate to give a little thank you gift to you TA after a trip? I'm thinking of creating a small photo book of scenic pictures from the trip or sending her a gift card for dinner....I think it depends on how much work and communication your TA did for you. On one cruise we took all the TA did was the booking, nothing else. She only does cruises, no airfare unless it's through the cruise line. So we booked our own airfare. We also did our own travel insurance. I felt that her commission from the cruise line was payment enough for what she did.
What do you think?
I've been wondering this.... Do you consider it appropriate to give a little thank you gift to you TA after a trip? I'm thinking of creating a small photo book of scenic pictures from the trip or sending her a gift card for dinner....We send ours postcards saying we're having a great time, and often buy some trivial/novelty gift like "moose dropping" candy from Alaska, but a book of your pictures would probably not mean much to him, and a gift card for dinner would seem odd to me after he has given us a gift of dinner on the ship.
What do you think?