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How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

Making Your Family’s Disney Vacations Pay

If your friends and family consider you the expert when they’re planning their Disney vacations, becoming a Disney travel agent may be the perfect job for you. It offers flexibility, which is super-important for any working mom. You can make the business into as much or as little as you want, plus you’ll earn discounts on your family’s own Disney vacations. What more could you ask for?

Job Description

Disney travel agents are the best of the best when it comes to Disney knowledge and planning a vacation. Agents eat, sleep and breathe Disney, so that when it’s time to book a vacation, they know all the Disney opportunities available and which package will fit a family best.

Most Disney travel agents book vacations to any Disney location, including hotels, amusement parks and cruises. These vacations also frequently include airfare and car rentals if necessary.

It’s important to note that Disney travel agents are independent contractors. That means that you complete work for a company, but you have control over when and how much work you perform, and you can leave at will. You can invest enough time to be a full-time Disney travel agent or only book vacations for family and close friends; it’s your choice.

Education Requirements

Disney travel agents are generally not required to have a degree, but experience as a travel agent is helpful. If you’re not a travel agent yourself, you’ll need to register with a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner. Plenty of companies are available that don’t require any sort of monetary commitment to register.

Most companies that agents work for prefer that you have experience traveling to various Disney locations, not to just one specific hotel or amusement park. The more variety you have in your Disney travels, the better you’ll be at catering to different types of families and needs.

Many Disney travel agencies require that you complete Disney’s College of Knowledge online after applying and being accepted by their company. The course covers sales and marketing basics, the features and the benefits of many Disney resorts and information on booking Disney vacations. It’s self-paced, so you can finish at your own time and pace.

Disney travel agents are paid on a commission basis, and the percentage of commission you earn depends on the travel agency you register with. Most agencies earn a standard 10 percent commission on vacations they book. Of that 10 percent, you might be entitled to 75 percent commission. For example, if you book a $3,000 vacation, the company receives $300, and you’ll earn $225 of their commission.

The average pay for a Disney travel agent is $21,951 a year, according to glassdoor.com. That’s at the lower end of the average pay scale for travel agents in general, which ranges from $20,670 to $61,890, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Keep in mind that as an independent contractor, you’ll invest as much or as little time into the business as you want, which makes a big difference in how much you earn.

Industry

As an independent contractor, you will have plenty of flexibility. You will work from home, which means you can work anywhere in the United States, including while you’re on vacation.

You probably already have everything you need, including a computer, internet access, a private work area and a phone.

Although you have the benefits of working from home, being a Disney travel agent may mean very early hours, waking to sign up a family for fast passes as soon as the reservation window opens. Alternatively, you may have late nights trying to figure out the best plan for each individual family.

Years of Experience

Your commission percentage is unlikely to change as you gain more experience, but the number of clients you have will most likely grow, which means more commission opportunities.

As you gain experience and book more vacations, you also have the opportunity to gain additional travel agent certifications, which opens up more discounted travel for your family.

Your knowledge of Disney and the travel possibilities also grows with time, giving you better insight into the best vacation for each unique family.

Job Growth Trends

Job growth for travel agents in general is on the decline as travelers book their own vacations on the internet, but prospects in this area are best for agents who specialize in specific areas such as Disney. As a Disney travel agent, people should continue to seek out your knowledge and experience.

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, travel agents booking 2019 sailings with Disney Cruise Line will be earning commissions based on agency revenue levels.

Disney made the announcement in an email to agents yesterday, writing that “as is common in the travel industry, we periodically evaluate commission levels and make adjustments.”

Agencies will start at an initial 10 percent commission rate and will get an increase on that rate depending on the revenue they generate through Disney Cruise Line:

  • Agencies booking less than $74,000 will have a 10 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking between $74,000 and $145,999 will have an 11 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking between $146,000 and $320,999 will have a 12 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking between $321,000 and $467,999 will have a 13 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking between $468,000 and $626,999 will have a 14 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking between $627,000 and $1,605,999 will have a 15 percent commission rate.
  • Agencies booking anything from $1,606,000 up will have 16 percent commission rate.

In the release announcing the commission changes, Disney also said that it will review agency revenue from “time to time” to determine whether the commission rate should be changed. For travel agents booking onboard packages or “non-cruise revenue” and travel insurance, Disney will pay 10 percent commission. In the release, Disney also said that it would not pay commission on port taxes, airfare, and ground transfers.

Disney did not respond to TMR’s request for comment by press time.

Disney Cruise’s agent history
Disney Cruise’s last big trade splash happened two years ago when it announced it would lower its commission from 16 percent to 10 percent on rebookings made by passengers while onboard a ship.

The move prompted a response from the American Society of Travel Agents, which formally asked the cruise line to reconsider the commission cuts.

“Our agents will book what their clients specifically request, whether that is Disney or any other cruise line,” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby at the time. “However, travelers often rely on their trusted travel agent to guide them through their vacation choices, and because of the breadth and quality of cruise inventory available, agents have many alternatives to suggest.”

Virtuoso dropped Disney as a preferred supplier after 14 years due to the policy change.

We get these questions all the time, how do I become a Disney Travel Agent?
How do I get a Disney Travel Agent job?
What is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?

I know it can be confusing. Let’s start with “How do I become a Disney Travel Agent”?

What you really need to know is you are not a travel agent working for Disney. You are a travel agent “Planner” with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner Agency, like us here at Pixie Vacations. So you would be a travel planner that specializes in Disney vacations.

Lisa and Steve are both past Disney cast members that worked at Walt Disney World. In 2010 we opened Pixie Vacations. We are an EarMarked Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agency and have this designation because of our amazing Pixie Vacations Disney Travel Planners. All of our travel planners have completed the Disney College of Knowledge and if you become a travel planner with us we will get you signed up with access to the Disney College of Knowledge training courses. There is no cost for these courses and the Disney College of Knowledge is all online. This is not like a paid Disney College. It’s fun and fairly quickly you can learn all about selling Disney destinations.

We also work with you at Pixie Vacations of how to sell Disney vacations, marketing, on site training opportunities and as you grow we are happy to help you learn new travel destinations, cruise lines and all inclusive resorts. But Disney is a great place to start your travel planner career and not get overwhelmed with selling everything to everyone.

If you are looking for information on how to become a Travel Agent that sells Disney vacations, it can be confused on how to get started planning Disney vacations as an agent. We would like to help you understand what it takes to be a travel agent that specializes in planning Disney Vacations here at Pixie Vacations and we welcome inquiries at any time.

Before we take on new independent contractor travel agents AKA Disney Travel Agents, we would like you to know what our preliminary requirements are before you will be considered. If you feel that you qualify and these all check out, please write back to hear from us regarding the next step. Also we have put together a complete guide to becoming a Disney travel agent. This free guide should be extremely helpful so you understand what a travel agent does, how to pick a travel agency, and how to be a great travel agent. You can read the guide to being a travel agent here.

We feel it’s important to be experienced in sales in general. Are you an influencer? Do people look to you for advice? Are you self motivated?

What you need to be a “Disney Travel Agent”

  • In addition to general sales experience, you must be a US citizen and have no criminal record.
  • As an Disney travel specialist of Pixie Vacations, you are representing the whole company. We ask that you are kind and friendly, while at the same time, you have to be professional and serious. For some, this is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, and they have saved for a long time to do it.
  • To be a Disney vacation planner with Pixie Vacations you must have excellent verbal and written skills. You must be organized and have excellent computer skills. You need your own resources to do your Disney travel planner job. A PC, Internet access, a mobile phone are needed of course so you can do your job as a Disney travel planner.
  • You will have to determine what will make the best vacation for your clients. The perfect Disney get-away for you might not be the best for your client. You will have to listen to the clients’ wants and needs (and budget), and then make the best recommendations based on what you learn.
  • You have to have a good sales personality. Although most clients are eager to book a vacation, you still have to be a ‘salesman.’ You need connections and circles with contacts.
  • You need a place to draw from and build your business. You can’t just put an ad in the community paper, sit back, and watch the leads roll in. You need a marketing plan, funds and the drive to execute on your goal to be a successful travel agent. We will help you learn Disney destinations, but you need to be active in communities and social circles in your community so you have a group of people that already know you and that will plan their vacation with you.
  • Being a Pixie Vacations Disney travel agent takes a lot of work, and we expect sales. We want to see you booking an average of one vacation per month, only to increase with time. This is not a position for the hobbyist.
  • Think about your sales action plan. How will you get in front of people to sell vacation experiences?
  • If you want to just sell Disney vacations that is fine, but clients will want to vacation at other destinations. We have training on all cruise lines, All-Inclusive Resorts, Universal Orlando Resort, River Cruises, and more. Once you get a client you want to keep them.

This post is not meant to discourage you, but we get hundreds of requests each year at Pixie Vacations for Disney focused travel agent positions.

If you have what it takes please contact us.

How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

Do you have a love of all things, Disney? Are you looking for a new, flexible job opportunity? Would it be a dream come true if your job involved making people happy each and every day?

If this applies to you, you may want to consider a work from home career as a Disney travel agent, planning magical vacations to exciting Disney destinations and Disney Cruises.

How to Become a Disney Travel AgentCredit: Disney

Why become a Disney travel agent?

Being a Disney travel planner is both fun and rewarding and one of the most sought-after careers in the travel industry.

Do you find that you are spending your days or nights researching and keeping up to date with all that is new and changing in the “World of Disney” and maybe even assisting your friends and family with their trips? If so, you’re already doing the work of a Disney travel planner.

With the unprecedented world we live in, now more than ever before, people are using travel agents to assist with booking and planning their Disney vacations. More than half of the people who travel use a travel agent and that number is considerably growing. What better time to start your career as a Disney Vacation Planner!

For those of us that love Disney (or who have a wealth of Disney knowledge already), Disney travel agent jobs will never feel like a job, and the benefits are endless.

How to Become a Disney Travel AgentCredit: Disney

Getting started

Not all agencies are the same. Finding a reputable travel agency — one that specializes in Disney — is important. And when you are planning a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom (be it the original in Disney Park California, the tourist capital of Disney World, or one of the other Disney castle parks around the world), you’ll want to work with an agency that knows their stuff.

The first and the most important thing you want to look for is this: Is the travel agency Earmarked as an Authorized Vacation Planner by Disney? Earmarked Agencies have earned recognition from and are backed by the Walt Disney Travel Co. as reputable suppliers of the Disney products (including every Disney vacation package) they sell.

How to Become a Disney Travel AgentCredit: Disney

There are 5 Earmarked levels that agencies aspire to while yearning to become part of this elite group: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and the highest achievable level is Diamond. With only 3 Disney Travel Agencies in the World having achieved the Diamond level status, being able to work with one of them would be a dream come true for any travel agent new or experienced.

Working for one of the most prestigious Disney travel agencies — one with a Diamond level status — offers travel agents so much more than they will find at other agencies that have not been recognized this highly by the Walt Disney Travel Co.

You will receive continuous training, marketing support, sales support, educational opportunities both with the Walt Disney Travel Co. as well as the agency itself, not to mention the benefits! For example, agents that are affiliated with a Diamond Earmarked agency have the opportunity to travel to the various Disney Destinations up to 6 times per year. No other Earmarked levels are permitted to offer that perk to their agents.

How to Become a Disney Travel AgentCredit: Disney/ Matt Stroshane

Pay

You may be asking, How do Travel Agents get paid?

Suppliers such as Disney pay the travel agency a commission percentage based on the vacation package/booking after the completion of the guest’s vacation. Of course, as I am sure you can already guess, Diamond Earmark Agencies are paid the highest commission levels offered because of their volume.

Traditional travel agencies will offer their travel agents a 50/50% or 60/40% commission. Because of their volume one agency, Academy Travel — a Diamond level authorized vacation planning company — offers agents the opportunity to increase up to 90% agent commission. And Academy Travel never charges a fee to their agents.

Why do some agencies charge fees? Some agencies charge a startup or monthly fee. In some cases, agencies make a separate income off these fees. That is why we recommend you be careful when selecting an agency to understand what the fees are for.

How to Become a Disney Travel AgentCredit: Disney Cruise Line

Reviewing the contract

Before you select an agency to work with, review their contract. Some agencies require fees for a specific period. Even if you choose to leave.

Pyramid scheme? Possibly, if the agency is asking you to “recruit” agents for them this could be a bit sketchy. Making their focus on building a monopoly instead of taking the time to train, maintain, and grow their individual business.

Why Choose Academy Travel

How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

Millions of people are ready to bring the magic and the memories back into their lives looking for agents to help guide them. There is no better time to start a fulfilling career working from the comforts of home as a Disney Travel Planner!

If you consider yourself to be a huge Disney fan, you love helping people (or even your own family) plan vacations to the Happiest Place on Earth, and you are looking for a great job opportunity that allows you to work from home, consider applying to be an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Academy Travel. These professional Disney experts are ready to welcome you to their team. An opportunity to work from home doing what you love is one you shouldn’t pass up!

Dad,
I love reading your site, and I think that it would be fair to say that I love Walt Disney World as much as you do. My husband and I were just wondering how could I become a Disney World Travel so I could put my obsession with Disney to good use? I’m not currently a travel agent, but I do have a bachelor’s degree. Any advice? Thanks a ton!

How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

Become a Disney World Travel agent and shine the light … Photo by Don Sullivan

Dad’s it’s not all fun and games Answer

My best advice for you about your desire to become a Disney World Travel Agent is don’t do it. Yes, I’m being a bit facetious, but I’m also a bit serious Let me explain.

The Good Part – being a Disney World Travel Agent means you are always talking about, thinking about reading about the best vacation destination in the solar system. When you go on vacation to Walt Disney World it’s tax deductible research. And the it’s just a lot of fun.

The Bad Part – Disney is your biggest competitor. Disney spends bazillions on advertising every year. They don’t advertise saying contact your travel agent for more details. They say go to our website and book your vacation with us. They also pay less than any other vacation provider commission wise. (Enough whining.)

So how do you go about becoming a Disney World Travel Agent. It’s easy and hard. It’s pretty easy to become a travel agent these days. I won’t go through the whole process but the way I did it was to go to the bookstore and buy a book on how to do it. I found a local agent I could work with and learned the ropes. That’s probably the best way to work through an established agent and let them show you the ropes.

Travel Agents are always looking for good people. To be a good agent you have to have a short memory and be able to sell ice to Eskimos. A Disney World Travel Agent needs to know all about Disney World (like Dad does) and to be able to sell it to others. Can you sell Disney to your friends?

Dad’s Bottom Line

Rae, being a Disney World Travel Agent is hard work. Even the best agencies have about a 10% success rate. You’ll be disappointed just about every day. But it is a whole lot of fun!

If you have made it this far, you are obviously thinking that becoming a Travel Agent that specializes in Disney Vacations is in your near future. But, how do you become a Travel Agent? We are here to help.

Option #1 – Find an existing Disney focused Travel agency that will hire you.

This is the easiest option by far, especially if you have never worked as a travel agent before, Disney Specialist or not. When searching, beware who you are talking to. Many agencies will interview you, hire you, and set you free with little to no training and no further support or leads. It is very, very rare that agents succeed in agencies like this. They hire everyone that applies, hope a few work out and let the rest go. That is no way to start your Disney career. Here is what you should look for when you are interviewing agencies:

  • Make sure the agency has been around for a while, at least 5 years.
  • Confirm that the agency is an Authorized Disney Travel Agency, which means they are on good standing with Disney and have met minimum qualifications.
  • Make sure your new agency will offer training, both initially and ongoing.
  • Verify that your new agency will provide leads to you.
  • Ask to talk to one or two other agents who work for that agency. Most agencies will have a lineup of current agents on their website, pick 2 and ask if you can call or email them.
  • Ask what percentage of applicants are hired.
  • Please note that you do not have to go to school or get licensed to become a travel agent, that does not exist. Your new agency should provide all the training you need.

Working for an existing travel agency has both positives and negatives. This is a great place for most people to start, especially if you are a novice when it comes to being a travel agent. Many agents with good travel agencies are very successful and never leave, they make great money and have fantastic support. If you think this might be your path, we strongly recommend our friends over at Mouseketrips, they really are the best around.

Option #2 – Start your own travel agency

This is literally jumping into the deep end. Starting your own agency is an option, but not really one recommended for anyone who is a brand new agent. While definitely possible, and it is what I did many many years ago, it is really a difficult process. Not only do you have to know Disney, you need to know marketing, technology, web development and so much more. Here are just some of the steps you will need to take:

  • Create a business entity such as an LLC
  • Register with your state
  • Register your domain name
  • Contact the IRS for an EIN
  • Open a bank account
  • Find an office
  • Find hosting for your website
  • Build your website
  • Figure out your email and other communications needs
  • Figure out phone numbers
  • Set up social media accounts
  • Register with a CLIA or IATA or both
  • Contact all Disney destinations and register with them to book travel
  • Figure out accounting software
  • Figure out CRM software
  • So much more!

If you have done some of this before, then it might be such a big deal to do it all again. Once all this work is done, which could take months and many thousands of dollars, you still don’t have any clients.

There are some pluses to owning your own agency of course, as you control your own destiny. You are not relying upon an agency to support you, to stay in business, to pay you what you have earned. Definitely an option if you have experience.

Option #3 – MagicalHosts

MagicalHosts is a fantastic option if you want to become a Travel Agent that specializes in Disney and Univers on your own but not have to deal with that huge list above. MagicalHosts is a bit of a hybrid between the two options above and is perfect for experienced travel agents and even new agents who have experience selling travel. So, how can MagicalHosts help you?

  • You will own your own agency, partnered with MagicalHosts.
  • We have the experience in setting up travel agencies, and will help you with most of the items listed above that may seem super difficult.
  • MagicalHosts will create and host your website, as well as include training on how to use it.
  • We will help you with domain registration, setting up email and phone numbers, etc.
  • You will use MagicalHosts IATA or CLIA number, no need to get your own. We will get your registered with Disney.
  • We provide all Errors and Omissions insurance for you.
  • MagicalHosts will help set up Social Media and other accounts for you.
  • We include all CRM software that you need for free.
  • We provide ongoing support for your agency, no matter the subject, for as long as you are with MagicalHosts. If you think it is difficult, we are here to help.

Do you think MagicalHosts might work for you? Contact us to start the conversation (there is no obligation to continue if you don’t think we are a perfect fit).

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  • I am a stay at home dad and my youngest will be starting Kindergarten in July so I will have a lot more time on my hands. I have always loved planning vacations and absolutely love Disney World. We are DVC members and try to go at least every year. So I figured what better to do than to use my love for Disney to help others enjoy the most magical place on earth. Can anyone give me any tips on where to start?

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  • I am a stay at home dad and my youngest will be starting Kindergarten in July so I will have a lot more time on my hands. I have always loved planning vacations and absolutely love Disney World. We are DVC members and try to go at least every year. So I figured what better to do than to use my love for Disney to help others enjoy the most magical place on earth. Can anyone give me any tips on where to start?

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  • Getting into the the Disney Travel Agent business can be a little tough when you do not have any experience. The first step would be contacting some of the Disney specific travel agencies about employment. Unfortunately, I dot not know of any that are currently hiring those with no experience.

    I can however give you some advice of what to avoid and what will be expected of you.

    1. Some travel agencies are run much like multilevel marketing schemes. Avoid these agencies. They will want you to pay for training, registration, etc. At that point, they really do not care if you book a single trip as they have made money off of you and anything you book will just be more money for them. I did not pay a dime for my training. A small fee for registering with the agency when you have no experience is legit, but anything else should be a red flag. You will also be expected to list with one of the agencies such as IATA. If you want to do Disney specifically, look for an agency that is Earmarked. It is not an absolute deal breaker if they are not, but Disney does not give Earmarked status to just anyone and it will let you know that the agency is serious about booking Disney.

    2. There needs to be a support system in place and open communication between agents. Don’t work for an agency that is just going to sign you up and then throw you to the wolves. You can never know “everything” about Disney. There is simply too much and it constantly changes. I can honestly say that I know a good bit about traveling with Disney. I work with a number of other agents that make me look like a bumbling idiot and all of us regularly ask questions of each other. Without that support system in place I would have been lost.

    3. Your organizational skills must be excellent. Once you get going you will be keeping track of dozens of clients trips, all of which will have different wants and needs. They are depending on you to take all of the hassle out of traveling. When a promotion drops you need to be ready at a moments notice to start re-booking clients. You will need to keep track of all of the important dates such as payments, dining, etc and when they have questions you need to answer accurately and quickly. A missed date can mean the automatic cancellation of a Disney cruise. That is not a phone call that you will want to make.

    4. Be prepared for a huge knowledge shock. When I started as a TA I thought I knew a lot about Disney. What I quickly found out was I knew a lot about how “I” did Disney. To be a good TA you need to know how everyone does Disney. This means a lot of reading about elements of a Disney vacation that you have no interest in. If a client wants to go golfing, you need to know what options they have even if you have never hit a golf ball in your life.

    5. Being a Disney TA is enjoyable, but it is a job. There are a lot of late nights, early mornings and clients that make you crazy.

    6. Good communication skills are essential. You must be pleasant, clear, concise and helpful. Much of your communication will be via email. The written word does not transmit tone all that well. Be prepared to proof read everything you send out to make sure you do not write anything that will upset a client.

    If you have some specific questions feel free to ask.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    If you have a passion for Disney and enjoy planning vacations, a career as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner may be the perfect fit. Travel agents and agents in training can complete a Disney-sponsored training program to learn the ins and outs of booking travel packages at Disney destinations around the globe. Below, we provide a closer look at what these travel specialists do, what it takes to become one, and how much you could earn.

    Table of Contents

    What Is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?

    Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are travel agents who are authorized to use the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner title and accompanying logo. Unlike a travel agent who might recommend a Disney vacation among other destinations, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner specializes in planning trips to Disney parks and resorts. Planners complete an in-depth training course created by Disney, and they may also have extensive experience visiting Disney destinations. They are passionate about sharing the benefits of a Disney vacation with travelers, and they know virtually all there is to know about each park, resort, and Disney property at various destinations.

    How to Become an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

    Travel agents interested in becoming an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner need to complete training through the College of Disney Knowledge program. Information about this program is not publicly available. To access it, you must either be an established travel agent or be employed with a travel agency that already holds the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner designation. The program is only available to travel agents in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. We reached out to travel agents who have completed the program and consulted online travel agent forums to get more information.

    According to travel agents who have completed the program, it consists of thorough, self-paced coursework and examinations.

    Once you graduate from the College of Disney Knowledge program, you will receive marketing materials to announce that you have completed specialized training. You will also have access to a Disney Travel Agents dashboard where you can access courses, information about Disney Destinations, and marketing tools to promote your services as a travel planner specializing in Disney vacations.

    As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, you can either work as an independent contractor or for a travel agency that is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

    Because Disney does not extend training program information to the general public, you will need to contact a travel agency that has Authorized Disney Vacation planner status to apply for the training program, or you can contact Disney directly for information about earning the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner designation. The Disney careers line is (407) 828-1000.

    Working as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

    Authorized Disney Vacation Planners must possess strong sales skills to make an attractive income selling Disney vacations. They are responsible for creating custom trips for travelers, and most of their income is from commissions from the type of trips booked.

    As a planner, you will need to know how and when to offer upgrades, how to coordinate the details of travel and transportation, and how to monitor reservations and any Disney promotions to book the best possible trip for guests, so you can earn attractive commissions for all your hard work. You can provide Disney vacation planning services fully online, in-person for local travelers, or a combination of the two.

    Agency vs. Independent Contractor

    If you decide to work for an agency, you may need to complete additional agency training and learn how to market and promote your services under your agency’s guidelines.

    Alternatively, if you work independently, you will need to invest in a reliable computer with high-speed internet access and a phone to communicate with clients, and you’ll need to be relatively tech-savvy to book travel and market your services. As an independent contractor, you’ll need to keep track of your income and file the appropriate tax documents with federal, state, and local governments.

    Commissions

    The standard planner’s commission is 10% of the cost of the trip, according to current travel agents. Planners working for an agency can earn 60% of the agency’s commission. This means that a $5,000 trip booked by the agency would earn the agency $500 and the planner would receive $300. If the planner worked independently of an agency, they would earn the full $500.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    Q.

    I’ve planned lots of trips for my family and friends. How do I become a Disney Travel Agent?

    A.

    Basically you find a company you like and contact them about joining their agency. All Disney Travel Agents are independent contractors that work with their agency. Chip uses Destinations in Florida as his preferred agency and actually a while back they were hiring. Here is the info from the Chip and Co site…

    Did you ever think about becoming a travel agent? Do you love travel? Are you a power seller? One of the top travel agencies in the country is looking for new travel agents. Imagine working from home, from the beach in Hawaii, or at the pool at Disney’s Pop Century Resort . With travel, you can work anywhere!

    Destinations to Explore is one of the best travel agencies selling Florida, Hawaii, cruises and more. They are honored as the 2009 and 2011 Disney Destinations Top Sales Performer. They are honored as the Universal Studios 2010, 2011 and 2012 Travel Agency of the Year. They are ranked as a top performer of Hawaii vacations, including one of the only agencies in the world with Master Specialists in all of the islands.

    If you are a self-motivated, high power seller and would love to work from home selling memories, contact Destinations to Explore today. Review the frequently asked questions section on their website about becoming a travel agent. If you are interested, forward a resume to [email protected] com.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent: You might have thought of becoming a Disney travel agent because your friends and family consider you the expert when they are planning their Disney vacation. This can be a perfect job for you because it offers flexibility which is very important for any working person.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    Besides, there are many benefits including commission, you will earn a discount on your families’ Disney vacation and many more.

    This article will provide you a detailed guideline on how to become a Disney travel agent. So if you are looking for more you could ask for then read this article till the end.

    What Does A Disney Travel Agent Do?

    Disney travel agents provide the best advice when it comes to Disney knowledge and planning a vacation. Disney agents sleep, eat, and breathe Disney so that when it is time to book a vacation they know all the Disney opportunities available and which package will fit a family best.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    Many Disney travel agents book a vacation to any Disney location which includes hotels, amusement parks, and Cruises. Besides, these locations include airfare and car rentals if required.

    It is worth telling here that Disney travel agents are independent contractors. That also means a Disney travel agent completes work for a company but he has control over when and how much work he will perform and he can leave at his own will.

    So it is up to you to invest enough time to be a full-time travel agent or you can only book vacations for family and close friends.

    How To Become A Disney Travel Agent?

    Generally, Disney travel agents are not required to have a degree but experience as a travel agent will make you stand out in the competition. If you are not a travel agent yourself then you will need to register with a Disney Authorized Vacation Planner.

    There are plenty of companies available that do not require any kind of monetary commitment to register. Most companies, that agents work for, prefer that you should experience traveling to various Disney locations and not to just one specific amusement park or hotel.

    The more places you have visited in your Disney travel the better you will be catering to different types of families and their requirements. However, many Disney travel agencies require that you must complete Disney’s college of knowledge online after applying and being accepted by their company.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    This course covers marketing basics and sales, the features and the benefits of many Disney locations, and information on booking Disney locations. It is self-paced so it is easy for you to finish at your own time and page.

    It is important to tell that Disney travel agents are paid on a commission basis. Moreover, the percentage of commission you earn will depend on the travel agency you register with. Most agencies earn a standard 10% commissions on vacation booking for families so you might be able to earn 75% commission.

    For example, if you book $3000 location the company receives $300 so you will earn $225 of their Commission. Moreover, the average salary for a Disney travel agent is $21,951 per year.

    That is at the lower end of the average pay scale for travel agents generally which ranges from $20,670 to $61,890 according to the US department of labor. Remember that you will invest as much or as little time into the business according to your will which makes a big difference in how much you will earn.

    Working Schedule

    You will have a lot of flexibility as an independent contractor this is because you will work from home. This also means you can work anywhere in your state including while you are on a vacation. All you need for this job is a computer, internet access, a private work area, and a phone.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    Though you have the benefits of working from home but being a Disney travel agent means waking very early hours waiting to sign up a family for passes as soon as the reservation Windows open. You may also have late nights trying to figure out the best plan for your clients.

    Experience

    The commission percentage is unlikely to change as you gain more experience but the number of clients you have will most likely grow which means you will get more commission opportunities.

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    As you gain experience and book more vacations for families you also will have the opportunity to gain additional travel agent certifications which open up more discounted travel for your family. Your knowledge of Disney and the travel possibilities will also grow with time which gives you a better insight into the best vacation for each unique family.

    So basically, to become a Disney travel agent you need to travel various Disney locations so that you have plenty of knowledge to select vacation package for a family. More experience will provide you more clients and as a result, you will get more commission opportunities.

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    Published on: Sep 25, 2020 | Categories: Abundance Advice

    How to Become a Disney Travel Agent

    Heigh ho! Heigh ho! It’s off to work we go! And so on!

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