Hi. I suppose I can call myself a "half" travel agent. I work in a local call center for Orbitz, I used to work general reservations, working mostly air and hotel path bookings, and working in our "supplier link" GDS/CRS systems and working with hotels and airlines. Now, I work "Obritz Care Team" which is a set team of people that monitor flight in the next 24 hours and if there is a cancellation, we rebook the pax and have the airlines reissue tickets when they check in for the flight.
I've worked there for a year now coming up on the 23rd, and love what I do. I have thought about working as an agent for a different agency, or also working for an airline - but I know I would need more training. I understand the bare bones when it comes to the nitty gritty about fares and how things actually work. I have never actually issued a ticket. (like I said, I consider myself a half travel agent)
My main reason for joining this group is, 1. to appreciate the travel industry, and 2. to see where I can meet friends/contacts/resources to lean on later in life should i continue to work in the travel industry (and I do!)
Please let me know your feed back :)
I am 22 I work at a hotel. I like my job but ... its not a "career". Somewhere in my mind the idea of becoming a travel agent crossed my mind. I am bilingual in Thai and english. Very little japanese (enough to check someone into hotel).
My question is How do I become a travel agent? What is the best way? Do i need to sign up with companies? can i do this from home? and how do you make money is it through the companies you book through or do you charge for consulting individual people (how does that work)?
Sorry I'd just like to know how this works and how to get started.
We got news this week that Air Canada is going to reload their Tango fares into Sabre. I don't know how it happened but I'm sure someone was getting yelled at *somewhere* and had enough. That's usually how it works. LOL anyway, I literally cheered in the office when I found out. I am SO glad. Probably won't last but in the meantime I am ecstatic.
Thu, May. 11th, 2006, 01:02 am
hamrchk82: Hi All!
I am Kristen. I have just become an online travel agent through Global Travel International...I'm 23, going to college for my business degree and doing this full time as well. Here's my website...
check it out!
Oh crap. The "wars" have started between Sabre and Air Canada.
Those of you who use mostly American carriers, pay attention too 'cause many US carrier contracts with Sabre expire on July 1st I think. You'll be suffering with the same kind of crap many of us are suffering right now with AC.
Sorry to sound like a Domsayer but it's one helluva pain to book people when you can no longer see (or even book) the inventory when you simply ask for an availability request!!!
I hope this all boils over real fast and you'll have nothing to worry about.
Wow this is an awesome idea for a community, it just sucks that its so idle at the moment! I think travel agents are definitely a certain "type of breed" and the only people that can understand that are other travel agents.. wouldn't you agree? :)
Anyways, about me...
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Agency : Flight Centre
Speciality: Honeymoons, USA, South East Asia, Australia and Europe
First I have a lot of respect for TA's cause I think you all work hard
and do very well at what you do. My second questions DOES NOT reflect all
Second I work at the 800 # for a Major Hotel Chain and I sometimes
get travel agents who get upset or assume I cant help them because
I am not where they want to book. This is not true? WE ARE well versed
in our hotels and brands. Some TA's get kind of mean and often times
are VERY rude to us.
I really wish TA's would not assume because I am not at the hotel
that I don't kow anything. True there are somethings we dont know
and I am allways happy to help a Travel Agent out in finding the
Why do you assume because I am not in Nebraska or Ohio that I dont know anything about
that hotel? or the area surrounding it? Did you ask if we did?
Why do you assume cause I am not at the hotel that I cant look up a Corp Rate? or
a group rate? How do you know we can't? Did you think to maybe ask us if we could
before you assumed we can't?
Dont take this the wrong way please. Like I said before I do
I have a lot of Respect for TA's I just wish that would
have more respect for us and the job we do, I know a lot of you
Well, when I joined this community, I was really hoping for discussions about issues as well as how we can (collectively) overcome some of the big problems. I think we have had a great start on some of this, but I'd really like to take things up a notch and see if we really can help each other grow.
To start off, I thought we might try a topic that is near and dear to my heart--technology (mainly QC and scripts). I have been managing these for almot 9 years now so I have quite a bit I can share.
Is anybody having problems with any technologies in their office?
What technologies are people using?
Anything unique that has really helped your business grow?
For us, one truly unique thing we have done is setup our QC Software (we use Cornerstone) to e-mail an agent 1 week before final payment is due on a cruise/tour and then send a final notice to the agent the day final payment is due. Remember payments used to be a huge challenge for us, but this small change has completely turned things around---a weakness has migrated into a strength of ours.
Similarly, we are a member of the Carlson Wagonlit family and, as such, receive coupons for hotel upgrades and such for our clients. We use technology to automatically e-mail a copy of these coupons to our clients who are eligible. We are tracking and coupon usage has more than quadrupled since we started this.
How about with all of ya'll?
Hey everyone. I have a quick question. I dont hope it dosnt sound to personal or anything & I also know it varies in every state, but how much salary & about how much commision do you make in like a year?? Again I dont want anyone to be offended sorry if it is. But I just wanted to know. I dont even know if the questions came out right but I hope everyone gets it. Thanx
So I was sitting in my Into to Tourism class today and the instructer mentioned something about a Internship @ Disney. I want to do it so bad. I would live there for 6 months. Not exactly sure what I would do but it sounds so cool. Has anyone ever experinced or done anything like that??