Booking Local Activities and Excursions as a Travel Agent

As a travel agent, your role goes beyond just booking flights and accommodations for your clients. You can enhance their travel experience by booking local activities and excursions, and earn a commission while doing so! Let me share a recent experience to illustrate the benefits of this approach.

Planning the Perfect Birthday Celebration

A few weeks ago, my friend and I were brainstorming ideas for our mutual friend’s birthday. We wanted to do something unique and memorable. Living in Los Angeles, we have a plethora of options, but we wanted to find something special. My friend suggested a private boat tour with wine and charcuterie in Marina del Rey. She found the activity on, and it sounded perfect for our celebration.

However, I had a hunch that I could find the same tour through one of our suppliers and earn a commission in the process. I asked her to hold off on booking it while I did some research.

Leveraging Supplier Networks for Better Deals

As a travel agent, I have access to various supplier networks that offer competitive rates and commission structures. I checked if any of our suppliers had the same tour available. Sure enough, I found the exact same private boat tour on both Expedia TAAP and Viator, with the same price listed online.

The key difference? By booking through Expedia TAAP, I could earn platinum-level commission through BWJ Agents, which is the highest level of commission we can get. Essentially, this meant I could book the tour at no extra cost to my friend, but with the added benefit of earning a commission, effectively making the tour cheaper for us.

The Booking Process

I quickly booked the tour on Expedia TAAP. The process was seamless and straightforward, thanks to the user-friendly interface of the platform. Within minutes, we had our confirmation, and I was able to inform my friend that everything was set for our friend’s birthday celebration.

The Amazing Experience

The day of the tour arrived, and we headed to Marina del Rey with high expectations. The experience did not disappoint. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, the boat was modern and well-maintained, and the wine and charcuterie spread was delightful. Most importantly, the birthday girl had an incredible time, which was our main goal.

The Benefits of Booking Local Activities

  1. Enhanced Client Experience: By offering local activities and excursions, you can provide a more comprehensive and enjoyable travel experience for your clients.
  2. Earn Commission: Many supplier networks offer commissions for booking local activities, allowing you to earn extra income without additional cost to your clients.
  3. Competitive Pricing: Often, you can find the same activities at the same or even lower prices through your supplier networks, making it a win-win situation for both you and your clients.
  4. Convenience: Booking activities through trusted suppliers ensures a smooth and reliable experience for your clients, reducing the risk of encountering subpar services.


As a travel agent, never underestimate the value of booking local activities and excursions. It’s a fantastic way to enhance your clients’ travel experiences while earning extra income. My recent experience booking a private boat tour for a friend’s birthday is a testament to how effective this strategy can be. Not only did we have an unforgettable celebration, but I also earned a commission, making the activity more affordable for us.

So next time you’re planning a trip or a special occasion, remember to check your supplier networks for local activities. Your clients will thank you, and your bottom line will too!