Departure Lounge is one of the most innovative travel companies to launch in recent years. As a member of the prestigious Virtuoso international travel network, Departure Lounge in the West Lake Hills neighborhood of Austin offers travel clients outstanding guidance, upgrades, perks and insider experiences. Departure Lounge will soon be opening a new location in The Dominion neighborhood in San Antonio. Departure Lounge travel advisors have worldwide access to the finest travel providers and resources.
If you are interested in joining the Departure Lounge travel advisor team of independent contractors, we’d love to hear from you. We are seeking professionals who are established sellers of luxury travel or are ready to begin a new career as a travel advisor.
Our compensation plan is as innovative as our business concept. We have three different compensation options: 1) commission split for individual advisors; 2) commission split for teams working under one contract; or 3) a monthly flat fee for individual advisors that allows you to keep 100% of commissions for clients you have sourced.
Our advisors typically have 50-100 affluent client households, for which they arrange travel multiple times per year.
For travel advisors who are new or fairly new to selling travel but are very well traveled and knowledgeable, Departure Lounge helps you develop strategies to attract new clients. Departure Lounge also generates qualified leads, which are placed with the agency’s travel advisors.
Wanderlust & Experience
Travelers value working with a travel advisor who often times has “been there and done that.”So your travel experience is hugely important, as is your experience with 4-5-star travel providers and key attractions at destinations. If you have not “been everywhere,” your knowledge of a region or two can be a good starting point as a base of knowledge. Departure Lounge’s global connections through the Virtuoso network enable our travel advisors to create and arrange fantastic vacations even for destinations that the travel advisor has not yet personally explored.
Sales, Skills & Service
Talking about and presenting travel options in an effective and passionate way is typically the easy part for a prospective travel advisor. You also need good computer skills and a comfort level of working with online websites, forms and booking tools, as well as email and texting. And you need to be strategic and thorough in working with details, being responsive and effectively communicating with clients and travel providers.
Relationships & Connections
Ultimately, a successful travel advisor needs 50-100+ affluent households that rely regularly on the travel advisor to arrange travel throughout the year. That means a prospective travel advisor ideally needs to have a strong personal network of affluent friends, colleagues and family members, who would trust the travel advisor with planning their vacations and would ultimately recommend the advisor to others. Without this kind of personal network, a prospective travel advisor must be strongly committed to developing a plan to build these personal connections by joining networking groups and participating in community organizations.
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Job Type: Commission
Salary: $40,000.00 to $100,000.00 /year