Originally posted by kathycruiser:
I think I saw in another forum, can't remember which, this same topic. They were all comparing booking with a TA because they expected an on-board-credit for their booking. One even said if the agent did not give them, then he would not book with them.
I agree with all of you. When was the last time your local grocery store or WalMart, or furniture store, or clothing store. etc. gave you an in-store-credit everytime you book with them. If an agent gets 10%(?)of the base rate of a cruise that cost $800.00. How can that agent afford to give back part of her/his whopping $80.00 before expenses. Out of that $80.00 comes her salary, utilities, office expenses, etc. She may be left with a net profit of about $15.00, maybe. Do the math. I am figuring this on your local, small-town, store front agency. The big guys may be quite different, I do not know. But supporting your local businesses if a plus for everyone, or you may see more and more empty store fronts in your local town.
Just my opinion.
I could not help but think of our PVP. At first, I thought the little gifts were from "Carnival". But then I found out our PVP pays for them out of pocket. Even though he gets them at a discount, I don't want him spending his own money on us.
So now we have a deal. I told him to forget the drink coupons (or other things that cost him money) and just concentrate on getting me the best deal. If he does that, then I will be happy!
If Carnival is willing to give a discount or OBC when the price goes down, then he will get it for me. But I certainly would never want a TA to cut their commission for it. They work far to hard for that commission.