As a TPI agent, there is no limit to your earning potential.
You can be eligible for travel agent discounts with any TPI membership.
There are two (2) major types of Travel Agent ID cards.
One type of ID card is the IATAN card, which will allow you to get many types of discounts. The IATAN card is issued by the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN), upon request by TPI. There are additional fees for the IATAN card that are not included with the TPI membership. The following requirements are set by IATAN in order to obtain this card:
Another type of ID card is the CLIA card (now called the Embarc ID). The Embarc ID card is issued by the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), upon request by TPI and is
valid for a calendar year. The Agent must have a CLIA Individual Agent Membership through our Agency to receive an Embarc ID card. There are additional fees for the CLIA Embarc ID that are not included with the TPI membership.
CLIA's enrollments for 2017 Individual Agent Memberships are still open.
Here are some of the discounts you can receive.
PARTICIPATION IN FAM TRIPS. The term "Fam Trips" is travel industry jargon for "Familiarization Trips". Fam trips are highly discounted vacations that industry professionals go on to familiarize themselves with resort destinations, specific tour operators, etc. Fam trips can be as low as $100 for an all inclusive vacation. They are generally between 40 and 80 Percent off the value of the travel services provided.
Free Hotel upgrades such as concierge floor rooms, or suites for the price of a discounted room.
You may participate in Travel Agency Trade shows and seminars.
You can get discounts at hotels, car rentals, zoos, museums, airport shuttles, airport parking, theme parks, IMAX theaters, water parks, and other types of attractions.
Once you obtain the CLIA or IATAN card you will be eligible for additional discounts:
All discounts are subject to availablility and subject to the descretion of the suppliers and may carry certain restrictions and procedures to obtain them.
Not only will you be getting great discounts when you travel, but you may be able to deduct your travel as an expense since you are now operating your own in-home travel agency. In addition you may be able to deduct such items as your computer & internet service, your business phone line, the space in your home used to operate your business, and more.
For complete details on available tax deductions, please consult your tax adviser.
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