At LoveShack Vacations, we want you to be informed so you can truly hit the ground running with your new travel business. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If after reviewing this list, you still have questions, contact us or feel free to call our Support Team at 888-225-0359.
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 education program. Once we receive your enrollment and your fee is processed, we will set you up with access to your very own LoveShack Vacations Agent Portal. Then you can begin your education.
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. Read more about commissions here.
Do people still use travel agents?
Yes! LoveShack Vacations is growing, and it’s because more couples are putting themselves in the capable hands of our Romance Travel Specialists. Whether it’s an extended anniversary trip in Europe or a quick romantic getaway to the Caribbean, our travel agents are fully prepared to get clients the best value while giving them personalized, high-quality service. Many travelers are tired of searching an endless sea of travel booking sites to find the best price and best itinerary. That’s why the number of people using travel agents is actually increasing!
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!
How and where do I get customers?
LoveShack Vacations provides you with many opportunities to connect with clients who are looking to book romantic getaways. Once you complete your 90 Day Immersion Education, we will give you a personalized page on our consumer website, LoveShackVacations.com
. We drive traffic to your page with our Agent Finder search tool, social media marketing and pay-per-click advertising.
During your education, you will learn how to market yourself in your local community. Bridal shows are one of the best venues for connecting with couples, and we encourage our agents to participate in their local shows. With our exclusive tips and branding, you’ll feel confident networking with brides-to-be and honeymooners.
How much money can I make as a Romance Travel Specialist?
When you book travel for yourself or a client, our travel suppliers (like cruise lines, resorts, etc.) pay us a percentage of the total sale amount. Commission rates vary based on suppliers, but are generally between 3% and 20%. The average is 14%. We pay you 80% of the amount we receive from the supplier.
Let’s say you book an all-inclusive honeymoon trip to Mexico and the total cost for the couple is $5,000. The payout from the travel supplier is 18%, so the total commission is $900. The agent’s share is $720, or 80% of the total commission.
Our goal is to provide our agents with a timely payout of all commissions. Our parent company, KHM Travel Group, compiles the commissions that are received daily from our travel suppliers and generates an email statement to you. If you earned commissions that month, the funds will be directly deposited into your account the second and fourth Friday of each month. It is important to keep in mind that most of our suppliers issue pay once a client completes their travel.
Why do I have to pay a fee to join LoveShack Vacations?
As a LoveShack Vacations Romance Travel Specialist, your membership fee covers all the education, tools, technology, branding and marketing that we provide to help you start and run your travel agency. We are constantly providing our agents with updated technology and new 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 travel agent. For a complete list of the benefits we offer, check out our Benefits page.
Are there any additional costs to join LoveShack Vacations?
Other than the registration fee and $99 monthly membership fee (or annual fee, if you choose that option), there are no other costs required to be a part of the LoveShack Team. In your business plan, you should expect to budget in your business operation costs, including but not limited to additional education events, marketing, and bridal shows.
Do I need to get my own IATAN/CLIA card?
While you are welcome to apply for your own IATAN/CLIA cards, it is not required. When you complete the immersion education, you will be able to book with LoveShack Vacations’ numbers.
If I am already a travel agent, how do I switch to LoveShack Vacations?
If you have already established a brand and client base, let your clients know you will be operating under LoveShack Vacations. We’ve done the work for you with pre-written templates to introduce your new brand.
Why specialize in romance travel?
Because it’s fun! If you’ve ever taken a honeymoon, or gone to a destination wedding, you know how exciting and memorable these events are for couples. If you are passionate about travel and enjoy making people happy, there would be few things more rewarding than planning a perfect trip for a special occasion.
Being a Romance Travel Specialist is not only fun, it’s among the most profitable segments of the travel industry. According to the wedding website The Knot
, 99% of married couples take a honeymoon vacation. On average, they spend three times more on their honeymoon than on any other vacation. That translates to higher commissions for travel agents that focus on this niche market! Read more about the benefits of focusing on romance travel here.
How do I cancel my membership?
We hope you love being a part of the LoveShack team, but if do you need to cancel your membership for any reason, please consult your LoveShack Vacations Agent Agreement. All cancellation notices must be made in writing and emailed or faxed to KHM Travel Group/LoveShack Vacations at least 30 days prior to the agent’s anniversary date. Before 30 days, the agent may cancel at any time after paying an additional cancellation fee in the amount of $300.