Do you require experience?
No, we do not require our independent contractors have any experience at all.
What do I need to become an independent travel agent?
You need to have a business name and business email address. Depending on where you are located, you will need at the minimum a “DBA” (Doing Business As). Many states make that a fairly easy process – you just register with your local county clerk’s office. You may also set up a business structure such as a corporation or LLC. Besides your business structure, you will need Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O Insurance). Depending on the host agency, you may be required to obtain your own, but many offer it to their independent contractors at a reduced price.
What are the fees?
The enrollment fee is $175.00. There is an annual renewal fee of $100.00, which is waived if independent contractor earns at least $600.00 in commissions for the year. E&O Insurance is offered at $100.00 annually.
What is required to join?
We require you to attend our New Owner’s Seminar. After that, all fees must be paid, a contract must be signed, an enrollment form must be submitted and copies of your business structure (dba, LLC, corporate structure) must be on file.
When I fill out the information form on this site, have I joined?
No. The online form is used to gather basic information about you. When you submit the form, we will contact you to discuss our programs. If we meet your criteria and you meet ours, we will be happy to assist you in completing our full membership application.
How long does it take to get started?
Once fees have been paid, the seminar has been completed and all documents have been submitted, it will be 24-48 hours to complete registration and receive access to travel suppliers’ agent portals.