Enjoy the Benefits of Owning Your New Romance Travel Business
Your journey starts here with LoveShack Vacations
Whether you’re looking to run your travel business part-time to help ease a financial burden or you want to be a full-time travel franchise entrepreneur, as a LoveShack Romance Specialist you can achieve your individual goals.
Earning income from romance travel is simple and straightforward.
When you book your clients’ vacation, you earn a percentage of the travel purchased. Because of our tremendous travel sales volume and relationship with top tier companies like Funjet and Apple Vacations, we have the highest commission contracts in the travel industry.
Generally, these commissions average between 14% and 19%.
As a new agent with LoveShack Vacations, you earn 80% of the commission generated, starting on your first sale. Once you have earned a total of $5,000 in commissions, we will increase your payout to a full 90% permanently.
Don’t worry…your clients don’t pay a dime extra for using your services. Instead, the commission is paid by the travel provider.
See the Income Potential of Just ONE LoveShack Honeymoon Booking
This is with just one client!
This is a real life booking where a LoveShack Romance Travel Specialist booked a honeymoon for her clients at the El Dorado Casitas Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico. They stayed in a Swim-Up Casita Suite for six nights.
Not all of your clients will want to spend the same amount on their honeymoons–some will spend substantially more, and some will spend less. Your job is to treat all of your clients with the same excitement and professionalism that you would expect.
Doing so will guarantee that you gain a steady stream of referrals and repeat business, ensuring your long-term business growth as a Romance Travel Specialist.
Your Earnings Potential with a LoveShack Destination Wedding Booking
We’ll help you tap into the booming destination wedding market
Agents that are selling destination weddings are regularly seeing commission checks ranging from a few thousand dollars to $10,000 or more. Not only do destination weddings provide substantial commission income, but it is also a great way to quickly build clientele and repeat business.
As you can see below, the income potential that comes with selling destination weddings is huge! Take a look at the commissions you can be earning when you book 2, 3, 4 (or more!) destination weddings.
That is just a sample of the type of income you can earn by selling destination weddings. Booking travel for the couple and all of their guests opens the door for you to maximize your commission and benefit from referrals from all the guests in attendance.
Our immersion training gives you everything you need to feel comfortable booking this important getaway including step-by-step destination wedding planning guides, a timeline for booking, and keys to success!
Performance-Based Additional Benefits
We offer additional fantastic bonuses to our
LoveShack business owners
Our top producing LoveShack Agents are able to receive a complimentary vehicle wrap with a Sandals & Beaches theme.
The exposure you’ll gain from having your vehicle wrapped will help you grow your business in a big way! This “moving billboard” gives you an easy way to advertise your LoveShack Vacations business wherever you go.
Sandals & Beaches top producers may also qualify for partial reimbursement of their vehicle loans or lease payments.
Additionally, our top LoveShack Agents can earn free nights to be used on their personal vacations at the top resorts. They are also able to qualify to receive co-op advertising dollars to be used to subsidize the cost of participating in local bridal shows.
Specialized Romance Training You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
We provide practical tools and knowledge to help you start generating income as fast as possible.
LoveShack Vacations prides itself on creating successful, knowledgeable, and trained Romance Travel Specialists.
Our training is designed to teach you how to start booking romantic getaways and earning commission as soon as possible!
Our training will and give you knowledge and confidence to ensure you give couples the flawless and stress-free experience they are looking to achieve.
Finally, we teach you our proven proprietary marketing techniques that will put you in front of qualified couples.
One of the best features of our training is that it is always available online through your Travel Agent Portal.
You can learn anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. We also provide you with a full-color LoveShack Vacations Training Guide to help you along and keep you on track.
We Even Offer Live In-Person Training Sessions Several Times Per Year.
Plus, low-cost destination-based training trips to help you
gain firsthand travel experiences
If you’re interested in taking your training to the next level, we offer our agents a variety of low-cost, live training options, as well.
These include: Live Boot Camps, supplier training, certification classes, and even Familiarization (FAM) trips to the hottest romantic destinations and resorts are all available through our unique hands-on training program.
FAM trips are generally “working trips” designed to allow you to experience resorts and destinations, giving you the education and confidence to return home excited and ready to make new bookings. But they are also about having fun and networking with other LoveShack Romance Travel Specialists, just like you!
Unique Marketing and Branding
You simply can’t find this level of romance marketing and branding anywhere else
Success as a new Romance Travel Specialist is centered on being in front of qualified prospects.
This is why the team at LoveShack Vacations has developed brand marketing that gives our agents an advantage over the competition.
All three are uniquely designed to supply you with leads that can supplement your growing list of prospects and clients.
It doesn’t stop here, LoveShack Vacations provides our agents with numerous additional marketing tools and resources. All of these are designed to assist you in getting clients; closing more business and showcasing you as a professional Romance Travel Specialist.
We are constantly adding new and innovative marketing materials for our Romance Travel Specialists. Below is just a small sample of the marketing materials and resources that Romance Travel Agents have at their fingertips.
Components of LoveShack Vacations’ Marketing Resources:
- Start-up “Launch Kit” (with a set of starter business cards)
- Targeted lead generation
- Templates for business cards, brochures, flyers and letters
- Pre-built templates for email campaigns and monthly newsletters
- Presentations for one-on-one meetings with couples
- Customizable direct mail greeting cards
- Personalized page on our Online Honeymoon Registry
- Our 36-page full-color Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Planning Guide
- Customized YouTube videos to promote your business
- Bridal and trade show materials and resources
- Comprehensive “30 Ways to Build Your Business” document
- Agency forms including Client Profile and Qualification Forms
Instant Connection to Our Established and Recognizable Brand
Everything you need so you can complete your training and start selling
The center piece of our LoveShack Vacation marketing strategy is our brand awareness. Because the captivating name and logo is such a recognizable brand in the romance travel industry, you’ll be instantly identified as a Romance Specialist within the wedding vendor community.
Our branding strategy is executed through our logo wear, business cards, email templates, websites, social media profiles, brochures, flyers, bridal show booths and other advertising mediums.
All of these components are pre-designed to help build brand awareness and show your clients that they are partnering with an established and professional company.
Best of all, you won’t have to spend hours planning and writing or hire any designers. We’ve done all the work for you! All you have to do is start promoting and start earning!
We Manage An Online Presence to Help You Gain More Clients
Getting your name in front of couples who are ready to book
The LoveShack Marketing team invests heavily in driving targeted traffic to our main consumer site: www.LoveShackVacations.com.
The site is designed to be a resource for couples looking to plan the perfect honeymoon, destination wedding or couples getaway. It is packed with tips, destination highlights, as well as information and reviews on many popular resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and more.
Through our innovative social media marketing strategy, YouTube channel, pay-per-click advertising, plus local and national print and online advertising, we get you in front of couples who are ready to book.
Each LoveShack Romance Specialist is provided with his or her own profile page on our main consumer website, where we feature your areas of expertise, photos, videos, and complete contact information.
Our online Agent Finder tool allows consumers to quickly find a local LoveShack Agent in their area or field of desired expertise/specialty.
Our agents also benefit from the countless hours our team spends updating, posting, and uploading to our LoveShack Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube channel. The goal is to create additional brand awareness and drive online traffic and hot leads to our LoveShack Romance Travel Specialists while highlighting current travel trends and popular romance destinations.
The Power of Bridal and Trade Show Marketing
Tapping into the huge potential of bridal shows with proven techniques
Over the years, LoveShack Vacations has confirmed that travel agents looking to sell romance travel must be where couples are looking. Our team has developed a successful program for developing high-quality leads through our extensive Bridal & Trade Show Marketing Strategies.
The staff at LoveShack Vacations is constantly researching and contracting with bridal shows. When we exhibit at a bridal show, we generally will reserve a single, double or triple booth and set up our beautiful trade show display.
Prospective brides are drawn to our booth because of our professional display, attractive giveaways and eye-catching promotional materials, such as our Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Planning Guide. We teach each of our LoveShack Romance Travel Specialists these strategies, so that they can dominate their local bridal show market.
Your Own Dedicated Support Team
The LoveShack Team provides you with unparalleled Agent Support from day one
While you are in business for yourself, you are certainly not by yourself. The support you receive from us comes from real travel agents who have been in the business for years and have experience booking countless honeymoons and destination weddings.
Our Support Specialists know how to market and sell to all different kinds of couples and freely share both their sales and destination/resort-based knowledge with you. There’s no question that our team of Agent Support Specialists can’t help you answer.
What You Get as a LoveShack Vacations Romance Travel Specialist
Everything you need to start your business
We strive to include any and all tools and resources you need to be successful in your new romance travel business. From the moment you join our team, you’ll know that our success is 100% tied to your success.
Let’s review all the benefits included when you
Launch your Journey with
Every LoveShack Agent Receives…
- Special start-up “Launch Kit”
- Highest Commissions and Payout
- Turn-Key Marketing System
- Interactive Training
- Targeted Lead Generation System
- Best Familiarization (FAM) Trips
- Profile Page and Agent Finder
- Unlimited Access to Back Office
- 2Million Professional E&O Insurance Included
- IATAN & CLIA Industry ID card when qualified
- Dedicated Agent Support
- Access to ClientBase Accounting System
Frequently Asked Questions
I love planning and organizing events and parties, how does this relate to a career with LoveShack Vacations?
As a Romance Travel Specialist with LoveShack Vacations, you not only get the enjoyment of coordinating events and travel for other people, but you also get the incentive to be paid for all the travel you sell. Help other brides, grooms, couples and families experience their dreams while you achieve your own dreams!
Planning my wedding was one of the most fun and exciting times – how can I make money doing something like this?
Weddings are the happiest time to celebrate LOVE with families and friends. As a LoveShack agent, you complete the couples’ vision for their destination wedding and earn commission for being the expert travel consultant along the way.
How long does it take to get started?
Once you complete our online application, you are generally only a few hours away from being able to start your training program, make travel reservations and earn commissions. When we receive your application, we begin setting up your online Agent Portal. Once you are set up and linked with our accounting system, we will send you a confirmation email with your username and log-in instructions. Then you will begin your training.
Does LoveShack Vacations require any type of training or education?
While we do not have any formal education qualifications to join LoveShack Vacations, we do require new agents to complete our custom-designed 90 Day Romance Immersion Training program. This program consists of a series of online training courses, training activities, and an online final assessment. The training covers topics including the romance travel industry, your “back office,” ways to promote and market your travel business, travel suppliers and the basics of booking travel. We even have step-by-step instructions on working bridal shows, booking destination weddings and more! Successful completion of the 90 Day Romance Immersion Training and final assessment is required in order for you to be qualified for a personal webpage on our consumer site, www.LoveShackVacations.com, which will enable you to receive leads from our national marketing.
How do I get an IATAN card?
We follow the IATAN guidelines for issuing the ID cards. IATAN requires that you be “IATAN Listed” for a minimum of six months. To get listed, we require that you have earned at least one commission check from KHM Travel Group (the parent company of LoveShack Vacations). The second requirement is that you are on track to earn a minimum of $5,000 in gross commissions in the previous twelve (12) months. Since our agents earn some of the highest commissions in the industry, they are able to earn their IATAN card much faster.
How do I get a CLIA card?
As a Diamond Level agency, all LoveShack Vacations travel agents who qualify are eligible to apply for an individual CLIA membership under KHM Travel Group. The retail price of a CLIA membership for agents is $99, but as an agent with LoveShack Vacations, you only pay $49 yearly membership fee. In order to qualify, you must be in good standing, have been with LoveShack Vacations for at least 6 months, have completed New Agent Training, and completed CLIA’s “Cruise 101” Training.
What kind of support does LoveShack Vacations offer to help me succeed with my business?
We realize that the majority of individuals joining our company have little, and in some cases, no experience in the travel industry. For that reason, all of our systems, processes, procedures, training and support have been designed with that in mind. We begin your training by familiarizing you with our internal systems. The training, which is mainly web-based, can be completed on your schedule. At any time, our dedicated support team is standing by to assist you with any questions. Additionally, you will have an online Agent Portal with all types of support items like forms, call scripts for different scenarios, tips, industry news, FAM trips, supplier information and more. Best of all, this resource is available 24/7!
How and where do I get customers?
Once you complete the 90 Day Romance Immersion Training program, you will be listed on our consumer website with your own page. Our Corporate Office has an extensive advertising plan to drive potential consumers to YOUR page. In addition, LoveShack offers you resources for finding prospective clients’ in your local area. Bridal shows are always the best source for leads. We encourage you to participate in your local shows. With our exclusive tips and branding, you’ll feel confident networking with brides-to-be and honeymooners.
How do I make money as a travel agent?
When you make travel bookings for yourself or your clients, our travel suppliers will pay a commission on the travel sale amount. The exact commission percentage can vary between 3% and 20%, with the average being around 14%. Whatever commission we receive, we pay you 80% of that amount.
When do you pay commissions?
LoveShack Vacations’ goal is to provide agents timely payment of all travel commissions. We receive commissions from all our suppliers daily, throughout the month. Our parent company, KHM Travel Group, compiles commissions and generates a statement that is emailed to you. If you have earned commissions that month, we direct deposit the funds into your account on the second Friday of each month. [Please note: Generally, our suppliers pay us when the client completes their travel.]
Why would people use me as their travel agent instead of just going to the Internet?
You will have some couples that prefer to book their own travel online. However, honeymoons and destination weddings are most often booked by Romance Travel Specialists. These special trips, especially destination weddings, require a lot of time, knowledge and organization. Honeymoon planning can also be a daunting task for a couple who is working on other wedding details. You are their advocate who can handle all this for them!
Can I sell airline tickets?
You will be able to offer airline tickets as part of a vacation or cruise travel package, but not just airfare by itself. Unfortunately, airlines no longer pass along travel agent commissions on the sale of air tickets alone.
How do I get prices and make reservations?
Once you are on board with us, we will register you with some of our Preferred Suppliers. We encourage you to establish relationships with these travel suppliers. There is no additional cost to get registered; however, we do have procedures to follow. This registration will give you access to the suppliers’ “travel agent only” websites where you can research prices, specials and promotions. Many of these suppliers allow you to book your clients’ travel directly through their websites.
Is it possible to earn discounted travel for myself and my spouse, family or friends?
As an agent with LoveShack Vacations, you will have access to information that is not necessarily available to the general public. If you are flexible on your dates and destinations, you can travel at very affordable rates. (Example: Recently we had a promotion for a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise for just $210 per person!) These types of savings are generally associated with FAM trips and are made available to agents for the purpose of training. In order to receive some discounts and participate in certain FAMs, you need to have either a CLIA or IATAN identification card. Both cards are available to LoveShack Vacations Romance Travel Specialists who qualify for the respective cards. You can also earn FREE all-inclusive vacations, services, and upgrades with our supplier reward programs.
Different resorts offer programs so that you earn free nights as you sell their product. Some of these options will allow for you to travel with non-industry companions.
While discounted travel is one of the many perks of being a travel agent, LoveShack Vacations does not permit individuals to participate in our program solely for the purpose of obtaining discounts on personal travel.
I’m looking for an exciting challenge and want to earn supplemental income, but I can’t commit to a set work schedule. Will I be able to work on my own terms with LoveShack Vacations?
As an independent travel agent with LoveShack, you can work from home, or ANYWHERE! Because you decide when and where you want to work, it’s easy to combine your love of travel with other obligations or your family’s busy schedule. With LoveShack Vacations, you can earn supplemental income without having to sacrifice time at home with your family.
What are FAM trips and are they available to me?
A FAM (Familiarization) trip is usually sponsored by a particular supplier for the purpose of agent training. A FAM trip allows you to tour popular resorts and visit destinations at some of the lowest prices available. These trips often help our agents increase their sales because after they have visited a particular resort or destination, they are able to share their firsthand experience with their clients. Because of LoveShack Vacations and KHM Travel Group’s strong relationships with our Preferred Suppliers, we frequently offer FAM opportunities to our Romance Travel Specialists.
What is my personal investment up front to contract with LoveShack and launch my business?
You will pay a one-time fee of $595.00 to get your business started. This registration fee will include your “Launch Kit”, one 4′ x 6′ LoveShack Vacations Vinyl Banner, one 11″ x 17″ Honeymoon Giveaway Poster, LoveShack Vacations 90 Day Romance Immersion Training Program, access to your online Romance Travel Specialist Portal (back office), registration with our Preferred Suppliers, licensing agreement fees, continuing education and bridal show support.
What is the cost of the LoveShack program after my first year?
The terms of your Agent Agreement will renew automatically on your anniversary date each year. If you pay monthly, you will to continue to pay $99.00 monthly or if you choose to make an annual payment in year one, the amount paid in subsequent renewal years will be $1,089.00. This is a savings of $99.00! Agents have the option to change their payment method (monthly/annual) up to 30 days prior to their anniversary date.
Are there any additional costs that I will incur other than the $99 per month?
Many of our new agents join our team to earn additional income, so we don’t want you to spend any more than is necessary. We have designed our system to include the support and materials you will need to start and run your LoveShack Vacations business. PLUS, our 90 Day Romance Immersion Training is included at no additional cost. Other than the monthly membership fee (or annual if you choose that option), there are no other costs to join. Certain items like extra business cards, internet access, long distance charges and optional training are the responsibility of our Romance Travel Specialists. We highly encourage each Romance Travel Specialist to participate in bridal shows to maximize exposure in their local market, which will provide leads. The cost of these shows will be your responsibility. We offer further LoveShack items to enhance your business at an additional cost.
Why do I need to pay a membership fee to sell romance travel with LoveShack Vacations?
As a Romance Travel Specialist, your membership fee covers all the training, tools, and support that we provide to help you start and run your romance travel agency. We have created the LoveShack brand for you to use and we market that brand on your behalf. We are constantly providing our agents with updated technology and new agent support resources that you can use to be profitable. As with owning any business, you need to invest time and money in order to be successful, and your membership fee allows us to build, maintain, and enhance what we can offer you as a professional LoveShack Romance Travel Specialist.
What if I want to cancel?
In accordance with LoveShack Vacations Agent Agreement, all cancellation notices must be made in writing and emailed or faxed to KHM Travel Group at the designated addresses at least thirty (30) days prior to the agent’s anniversary date. After thirty (30 days), the agent may cancel at any time after paying an additional cancellation fee in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300.00).
Is LoveShack Vacations a member of any professional organizations?
Yes. Through our parent company, KHM Travel Group, we are members of:
- IATA – The International Air Transport Association
- CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association
- ARC – Airlines Reporting Corporation
- PATH – Professional Association of Travel Hosts
- ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents
- OSSN – Outside Sales Support Network
- NACTA – The National Association of Career Travel Agents
- Better Business Bureau
- Brunswick Ohio Chamber of Commerce