Booking Trips for Family and Friends

Booking Trips for Family and Friends

A lot of our agents ask if they can book travel for their family and friends and the answer is a resounding YES! Booking trips for family and friends is a great way to not only get your loved ones some sweet deals, but also a great way to comfortably build up your experience as a travel agent. Booking trips for family and friends involves the same process as booking any kind of trip. Here are some things to note:

Still Follow the Mandatory Booking Requirements

Just because you’re booking for a friend or family member, that doesn’t mean you should bypass the mandatory booking requirements. The traveler information (spelling of names and dates of birth) still need to be 100% accurate and you still need credit card authorization. If anything, it’s even more important to follow the rules in these cases because you don’t want to end up in any friend or family drama later on if things don’t go right. 

Do Not Accept Cash

If somebody asks you to book the trip with your credit card and tells you that they’ll reimburse you with cash, kindly inform them that you are not allowed to do this. Suppliers don’t allow these kinds of arrangements as a fraud prevention mechanism. The only time that this type of arrangement is allowed if you yourself are going on that trip as well. If somebody who wants to book doesn’t have a credit card, bank transfers may be an option for some suppliers.

Take Advantage of Agent Rates

If you want to do your friends/family a favor and hook them up with some good travel deals, you can do that as a travel agent! Some suppliers like BedsOnline and Vax Vacation allow you to adjust your commission all the way down to 0%, so if you’re feeling generous, you can do that so that your friends/family can enjoy the same savings on travel that you do.

Ask Them to Leave a Review

Reviews are incredibly important to attract more clientele to your business. They can be difficult to acquire at first – obviously you’ll need some clients first so that they can leave reviews. That’s why booking trips for friends and family can come in handy. You can just ask them to leave a review after!

With all this in mind, you are more than ready and more than welcome to book trips for your friends and family. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at support@bwjagents.com or (818) 450-8085.