Sandy I could'nt agree with you more on that statement. Also the "card mills" that teach the agents that they make more money selling the business to others then actually booking travel. I actually had a previous client that joined one of these business, sent emails out to a lot of my past cruisers that they could get a better deal hooking up with her if they purchased their own business then booking directly with an agent. Then these so called agents present themselves as agents. That is what irks me more then anything else.
What keeps my home business going is the education, staying on top of the travel news and knowing my product that I sell. I am a home-based agent - full time, and at times I have been known to put in 12-14 hour days. My clients will call me as late as 11 or 12 midnight just because they know that I will be here for them. I believe in the service aspect of this job.
Originally posted by Sandy:
I don't book that many cruises as is not my main job.. I know you full timers have some feelings about that and is understandable.
I don't mind someone being a part-time travel agent. There was a time that home-based travel agents were thought of as "hobbyists" and non-professional, and happily, that has changed.
What bothers me are the "card mills" that sell travel agent credentials to folks who have no intention of being a travel seller, but who buy credentials because they're promised they can "travel like a travel agent" for free or discounted prices. I consider that shady on both the seller and buyers' part. I'm afraid the buyers are in for a shock, as travel agents don't usually travel for free, and discounts have been cut drastically or eliminated over the past years.