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Old April 6th, 2004, 03:11 PM
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Is there any "dodgy" place (eg: Eastern Europe or some obscure part of
America) where it is easy to become a licensed travel agent and obtain true
agent discount fares etc?


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Old April 6th, 2004, 07:42 PM
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In article , "thegoons"
writes:

Is there any "dodgy" place (eg: Eastern Europe or some obscure part of
America) where it is easy to become a licensed travel agent


That scam was caught onto by the airlines long ago and they require more
significant proof now. However, it has been replaced by a new scam, selling
worthless ID to naive individuals. Might be worth getting into a new business.
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Old April 6th, 2004, 09:35 PM
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"thegoons" wrote in message
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Is there any "dodgy" place (eg: Eastern Europe or some obscure part of
America) where it is easy to become a licensed travel agent and obtain

true
agent discount fares etc?


Agent discount fares? Fares for what? You don't really get discounts on
airfares since the airlines don't pay. You can save the commission on hotel
bookings with the hotels that still pay those. There are some FAM trips
which is about the only reason to be a travel agent. If you can generate
some business, your local agency may make you an outside agent, but you
won't get any FAM trips or discounts if you don't produce some revenue.

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Old April 6th, 2004, 11:31 PM
Mark Kelly
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On Tue, 6 Apr 2004 16:35:56 -0400, "McWebber"
wrote:

"thegoons" wrote in message
...
Is there any "dodgy" place (eg: Eastern Europe or some obscure part of
America) where it is easy to become a licensed travel agent and obtain

true
agent discount fares etc?


Agent discount fares? Fares for what? You don't really get discounts on
airfares since the airlines don't pay. You can save the commission on hotel
bookings with the hotels that still pay those. There are some FAM trips
which is about the only reason to be a travel agent. If you can generate
some business, your local agency may make you an outside agent, but you
won't get any FAM trips or discounts if you don't produce some revenue.


I guess that is why places are starting to charge "admin fee" for
hotel / flight only booking now.
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Old April 7th, 2004, 11:41 AM
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"_T*R*A*P*S*I*H*T*E*V*O*M*E*R*_ okram (Mark Kelly)" [email protected]
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On Tue, 6 Apr 2004 16:35:56 -0400, "McWebber"
wrote:

Agent discount fares? Fares for what? You don't really get discounts on
airfares since the airlines don't pay. You can save the commission on

hotel
bookings with the hotels that still pay those. There are some FAM trips
which is about the only reason to be a travel agent. If you can generate
some business, your local agency may make you an outside agent, but you
won't get any FAM trips or discounts if you don't produce some revenue.


I guess that is why places are starting to charge "admin fee" for
hotel / flight only booking now.


The admin fee would probably be for the airline ticket unless they're
dealing with a hotel that doesn't pay a commission, or caps the commission
at $20 no matter what the cost of the reservation is. In this day and age I
don't know why anyone would visit a travel agent for just an airfare/hotel
booking when it's so easy online. Even without Internet access many people
visit their local library for that.


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