& A CRUISES &
TOURS IS A 22-YEAR OLD FULL-SERVICE AGENCY
two most important things you need from a host agency is support and
information. Without them, you are like a swimmer in deep water, far from land,
with no life jacket or raft. Your odds of surviving are extremely small. While
our program looks similar to others, the primary difference lies in the support
we offer you and the information you need to stay knowledgeable!
in 1985 as Houstonís first cruise-only agency, A & A Cruises & Tours
is a full service travel agency and Texas Corporation with 68 years of combined experience
in the retail travel industry. Our home-based travel agent program, started in
1996, has over 100 affiliated home based agencies nationwide making up our
team of Associates.
A & A Cruises & Tours is a member of the following
Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC)
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN)
Travel Alliance (LTA)
Greater Houston Better Business Bureau
A & A's comprehensive training
the basics of booking business and
booking airline tickets, hotels, rental cars,
groups - finding,
booking, promoting, and marketing groups
sales and marketing
how to build a successful
where and how to develop your client
how to sell travel and properly service your
Not only that, but we
train you in the best possible way, on a cruise or at a resort, by real travel
agents with years of experience!
You'll experience first-hand how to travel as a travel agent. No videotapes,
books, manuals, or online training program can do this.
reports of two Training Classes
Group at the Occidental Grand Xcaret Resort Pool Bar and Grill
Maya - Mexico
SUPPORT, SUPPORT !!!
We know that the key
to an Associate's success is the support the Associate gets from his/her host agency. Our
program includes that support and continuous flow of vital information you need
to succeed! If you have a question, concern, or need guidance, call us on our
toll-free number and we'll be happy to assist you. For after-hours emergencies
that can't wait until the next business day, we have a pager number you can call
for help or guidance.
We have an
area on our website, where you can find:
group space held
by A & A and your fellow Associates that you can sell into
phone numbers of various travel suppliers, destinations, and travel related
a list of
documents (FAM trip application forms,
bonus commission certificates, order forms, etc.) that you can display and
Every business day, A
& A will send you several email broadcasts of specials, promotions, FAMs,
travel industry news, marketing tips, alerts, updates, & much, much more.
Travel suppliers will provide you with marketing support, travel brochures, postcards,
travel posters, colorful travel stationery and other supplies at no cost. A library of travel
videos are available at A & A on loan to show your clients. You also will receive free subscriptions to
travel industry publications. We will also provide you information on how to
join the travel supplier's email lists for travel promotions, FAMs,
travel news, marketing tips, alerts, and updates.
GENEROUS COMMISSION SPLIT
A & A will pay you, from
your FIRST booking, 80% of the commission your bookings generate! You do not have to
wait until you are trained to earn higher commissions, and there are NO volume requirements
to receive 80% commission. Click
here to see how commissions are calculated.
Imagine how much you
can earn if you average one booking a day, book several groups, or do this
full-time? As an example, an Associate recently booked 15 cabins on Norwegian
Cruise Line for a group of family and friends. That Associate was paid $2710
!!! There is no limit to what you can make!
UNLIMITED FAM (FAMILIARIZATION) TRIPS
A & A affiliation
allows you unlimited access to FAM
trips all over the world. FAM trips, short for familiarization trips, are offered by travel suppliers
to agents at special rates to increase agent knowledge of a destination and the
travel supplierís product line. You are not restricted as to the number of
FAMs or destinations you can do.
FAM pricing varies by supplier. Agents can cruise on ocean liners from $20-50 per night or take
Caribbean air-charter vacations for $399 or $299 or LESS, including air!
You will be kept informed of these offers through email broadcasts.
SALES & MARKETING SUPPORT
As an A & A
Associate, you have unlimited access staff to
assist you with any question, problem, need for advice, etc., as long as you
remain affiliated with A & A Cruises & Tours.
TRAVEL AGENT DISCOUNTS
You will be eligible for
most travel agent discounts immediately, except for those that require an IATAN card.
LIST and CARD
The IATAN Card is the official Travel Agent I.D. card, issued by the
International Airlines Travel Agent Network. Some suppliers will accept an
agent's name on an IATAN list for travel agent discounts. You will be registered
for the IATAN list as soon as you receive your first commission check.
For most FAM trips
that include air, an IATAN card is required. Currently,
IATAN requires agents must earn $5000 or more in commissions within
the previous 12 months of application to be eligible for an I.D. card. You can
earn an IATAN card with as little as one booking per week (based on
booking one vacation per week at
an average cost of $1210 per couple).
do I need to get started?"
Since you are operating a travel business, you will be expected to have the
following in order to properly conduct business with A & A and travel
A PC (Personal Computer) that has
these minimum options: Windows 98, a 56K modem, and Internet
Explorer 6.0. Best: Windows XP - any newly purchased PC with
XP works fine.
Internet Service Provider
(ISP) and an Email address. Note: Using a free email service, may prevent you from
receiving most HTML emails, large files, documents, and pictures, which are
sent on a daily basis by travel suppliers and your host agency.
Broadband high-speed internet connection via cable or DSL. You'll spend a
lot of time surfing the Internet in this business, so dial-up is like riding
a bicycle on a freeway.
A fax machine, or
fax program on your PC with fax/phone modem.
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