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Old 03-01-2009, 12:56 PM
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ASK if there is a discount for B2B cruises
We get 5% but we do not sail on the mass market ships so it may be different for those
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Now, if you are booking a B2B through a Travel Agent they may very well give a discount off their commission.
I know a lot of travel agents, yet I don't know any who can afford to do that. In addition, as you probably know, most cruise lines will warn and then ban any travel agency found out to be rebating their commission.

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I think it would be disrespectful to "ask" or even "expect" a Travel Agent to give back any of her pay. Who on this board would give back any of their pay in their own professions?
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:18 AM
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I WOULD!!

I would gladly give Princess my professional services as a musician for FREE in exchange for a nice balcony cabin; any ship; any destination.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:34 AM
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Aha,but you are expecting something in return that you feel is equivalent to that pay. Much like in the days when the Indians and settlers traded. Even then no one was handing over free fur pelts.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:07 AM
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:19 AM
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I know a lot of travel agents, yet I don't know any who can afford to do that. In addition, as you probably know, most cruise lines will warn and then ban any travel agency found out to be rebating their commission.
Sandy, I am well aware of that and point taken. I shouldn't have said that. I am suspicious that some do it though. Why do I have wet noodles on my head?

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I think it would be disrespectful to "ask" or even "expect" a Travel Agent to give back any of her pay. Who on this board would give back any of their pay in their own professions?
Jan, I wasn't suggesting for them to ask or expect it. I just want to be clear about that. I have discounted my commission as a real estate agent to make deals happen before. I once had a buyer and seller that were deadlocked over $6000. The deal was going to fall apart because each side was so stubborn. I suggested each side give in $2000 and I would do the same with my commission. I closed the deal. That is apples and oranges though.

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Old 03-02-2009, 11:40 AM
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I suggested each side give in $2000 and I would do the same with my commission.
It would be amazing if travel agents made enough commission to rebate $2000 (or even $200) and still turned a profit. I guess I should be in real estate. Now I know who to ask for a loan!

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Old 03-02-2009, 11:44 AM
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Be thankful you aren't in real estate right now, Sandy. In fact, I don't know any good place to be in today's economy.
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It would be amazing if travel agents made enough commission to rebate $2000 (or even $200) and still turned a profit. I guess I should be in real estate. Now I know who to ask for a loan!


That was the good old days that are long gone. If I was a Travel Agent, I wouldn't rebate or discount any of my pay. I would actually add a service fee to the price.

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