10 Things to Look for in Purchasing Discount Travel Club Memberships

As memberships in travel clubs, like Coastal Vacation Club and Prestige Travel Club increase, many are turning to lifetime travel memberships to save up to 74% off their travel for life.

Here is a list of 10 things to look out for if you are considering joining any vacation travel club.

1. Licensed and bonded travel vendors

Make sure your club uses licensed and bonded vendors. These are recognized by the state they do business in, and will make sure you are dealing with real and legit travel agencies who want to see your satisfaction as priority one.

2. No time share gimmicks, sales presentations or tours

Many vacation club vendors are veiled time-share pitch fests. You are required to attend long sales presentations just to use or activate some of the discount portions of your trips. Make sure tours are not required as a pre-requisite for activating a trip or staying in a condo.

3. Years in service

Vacation clubs can crop up in an instant by some “slick willy’s” just to make a fast buck, and they sell you something that is not originally what it seemed and before you realize it and try to get your money back, they are gone, off to the next deal. So make sure you look closely to see if the Club has an established track record of industry credibility and integrity.

4. BBB Reports

Do your due diligence on the travel clubs, looking through scam reports and BBB reports. You’ll find many independent agents represent the “mother” travel club and they can be unscrupulous, while the parent company acts responsibly, so take note that individual resellers might have a bad track record, while the parent company has a spot less record. Stay away from problematic vendors.

5. Terms and conditions of use: Holidays, Singles/married couples, blackout dates

Many travel clubs often limit availability to non-holidays, or have blackout days. One vendor I know of, for example, will not let you travel 7 days before or after a major holiday. Since there are major holidays almost every month, you are missing 14 days a month or around 160 days a year which are off-limits. So make sure you know the terms and conditions, age limits, and if those traveling must be 2 married couples or if the trips apply to singles.

6. One time membership fees

Some travel clubs will dock you a monthly fee, some will dock you a yearly renewal fee. Be careful of those who hit you hard upfront and then bleed your money slowly over time. Good travel clubs offer you a low, one time fee to get started and no further renewals or back end fee.

7. Variety of discount types

Does your travel club only offer 2 night 3 day trips? Or does it offer a lot more like unlimited week long condo stays, Unlimited discount cruises, ski discounts, dining discounts, or golf discounts? Make sure your travel club membership has many varieties of trips and vacation styles to fit all personality and travel types.

8. Location choices

Domestic membership or International. Does your travel club only cater to the USA or does it have benefits far and wide reaching into the best vacation destinations across the planet? Make sure you know the values for local or international experiences.

9. Education on how to consume membership

A good travel company will offer CD’s, videos and literature to help their membership consume their club benefits and get the most out of taking their trips. If your travel club does not offer some training or help in showing you how to use your package, you might want to look else where.

10. Transferability

Will you be allowed to give away some of your trips in your travel club or will your name and address be hard coded into every voucher to only be used by you? Some travel clubs have over 40 trips included, and no one could use that many trips in one year. So make sure your travel club will allow you to transfer trips and packages to family and friends, with no extra costs and simple order fulfillment.

Traveling around the world as an exclusive travel club member can sure have it’s money saving advantages, and for the more pricey clubs out there, like Coastal Vacations Club, for example, some people choose to share one membership among a small group and divide out the trip benefits.

Do You Know Why Your Travel Business, YTB, Might Not Be Legitimate? I Do

Your Travel Business has been under investigation of whether it is a good investment or a scam. Even though I don’t believe that the company is trying to pull any strings on anybody, i do suspect that the corporate side has not been doing everything that they could to prove to their distributors that they have an investment-worthy product.

Now we will take a glance at the reasons guiding the suspicion about YTB Travel Business.

To begin, there have been countless lawsuits against the company, not to mention the numerous complaints made to the BBB. Although this does not directly depict that the YTB Travel is a scam, nobody from the company, including the corporate and public relations managers, have not made very much attempt to argue with them.

YTB is now undergoing investigation, and since they have chosen to stay out of these problems, it has brought many people’s attention. Even though there the likelihood of the company to be found guilty of the accused offenses is slim, their latest press release avoids to describe how they will improve their model.

Though the claims are minuscule, this can impact the prestige of the business. Various companies have dealt with claims and BBB complaints far worse, but have ensued success because they worked challengingly to cover up the black marks to persist to affect their prestige. For me to want to continue to invest time and money into YTB Travel business, I need to be certain that they have been making the same effort to ensure the reputation of the company I give my time and money.

If they are hoping that the cases will fade into the blue, they better be right. Even though this will probably happen, if they are wrong it will lead to more problems far more serious than the existing problems now. To counter this problem, more attention must be paid to the maintenance of the prestige of the company, otherwise this WILL effect the choice of future distributors.

YTB Travel still has many positive characteristics about it.

YTB has developed into a time-honored company in the travel business. Once the lawsuits blow over, there future will be successful. Considering the lawsuits, many are being rejected due to cases being of no worth and repetitive, and the remaining have not been proved guilty.

Since 2001, when YTB was first recognized in the industry, YTB Travel has shot up the ladder to become one of the top 30 North American travel sales companies, toppling over hundreds of other companies. On top of also becoming part of the stock market, it also has been awarded countless awards in the travel industry.

Is it certain that YTB Travel’s business model is not a scam? What can you do to make sure that the spoiled repute of the company will not ruin the capability to be successful inside YTB?

Due to inclination in travel itineraries and the fact that almost 75% of them are currently online, the probability of rise is extraordinary. If Your Travel Business realized how much the internet could improve their business, you and your networking abilities can create a prestigious reputation for your YTB team by taking advantage of the internet.

If you take advantage of the internet and how to market a business like YTB, you could create a lucrative network.

Become a Travel Agent Superstar

What is the essence of high sales for any travel consultant?
What makes you become a travel agent superstar with high sales volume?
Have you ever pondered these questions effectively?

Well after coaching 146 small businesses and spending 13 years in the travel industry here are my top 4 tips for maximizing your travel sales and overachieving as a travel consultant.

1. What is your personal vision for your role?
That is – what are you aiming for?
I urge you to set a yearly target for your sales and break it down to quarterly and monthly targets for your sales.

Without a target to aim for it has been my experience that there is no possible way to overachieve.

Interestingly my experience has been that sales of any travel agency individual without a target to aim for are usually about 20-40% lower over a year than a competing travel agency with a target.

After all, how can you possible stay motivated enough to push through the inevitable challenges and roadblocks that come your way. This point is critical to high sales. Mark my words you must have a target to pursue, to smash or to push towards.
Example: 1 year target is $1 million gross sales for the company.

2. Follow up every enquiry with 5 multiple professional communications.

If I could convince you of the mightiest of strategies, the one that takes the pick as the first tactic I would introduce to any travel business, it would be following up every quote within 3 business days and to keep in touch with your prospects until they buy.

Burn this secret into your mind. To build any business to consumer relationship you need to accept that several contacts should be considered the norm and not the exception when dealing with your prospects. Three, five or seven contacts or communications with your enquirer virtually means a booking will result with you rather than a hit or miss one contact approach.

The biggest mistake most new travel businesses make is to NOT consistently follow up every enquiry. The best way to enable this to happen is to have a sales system whereby every consultant professionally and without fear is trained to simply have 3 or 5 or 7 communications after someone enquires. I recommend you start with producing a simple 5 step sales system.

3. Generating most of your clients from referrals

The reality for us all in the travel industry is that most clients are very happy with your service. Generally speaking we are dealing with a delightful subject – travel and people warm to the advice we give.

So because we are in an industry like this, we all need to capitalize on these good feelings and reward ourselves with many more clients.

Put directly, if you have not got a referral program in place for your travel business, you are missing out on a lot of extra business.

So to maximize sales and to become a travel agent superstar you must give your current customers an opportunity to sell for you by recommending others to you. There is so many ways this can be done effectively. But in essence it is about offering to help all of your delighted clients friends, family and colleagues when the time comes to travel.

4. Do you really want to become a travel agent overachiever?

You may think this is a strange question to ask. But listen up. In business and in life I have found a direct correlation with over achievement and the reasons why you are doing it. Have you got your reasons why sorted as to why you want to become a travel agent superstar?

If not, let us make a start right now.

I suggest you list down ten to twenty reasons why you want to overachieve.

Examples could be:

I want to earn a high income to support my family.

I want to earn the prestige and recognition of my travel agency colleagues.

I want to win the award for best travel consultant in my organization.

I want to sell $1 million of travel this year and earn a 14 day Mediterranean cruise that our company gives away for over achievement.

I want to become a travel agent superstar because I have the urgency to help give value to as many customers, who I deem to be personal friends rather than clients.

Whenever you have your reasons clear for anything this clarity often becomes like an unstoppable force heading down a fast track.

Imagine as a travel agency business you go through these 4 areas above with every consultant individually and collectively in team meeting. Can you imagine the end result?
I can safely say from experience the end result means every individual has the tools and motivation to become a travel agent over achiever.