Air Malta is expanding its out reach to the U.S. travel agent market with efforts to familiarize agents with the Maltese Islands and with their agent offerings and net rates. The goal: position Malta as a unique travel destination on its own, but also as a European stopover or side-trip destination (it's only three hours from London, and two hours from Paris).
The airline will be unveiling several affordable agent exclusive fam rates as well as travel packages for agent bookings for the fall/winter travel season, Air Malta reports. Travel agents can add their markup up to 15 percent.
One example of the new Air Malta program, is its "Discover Malta" air-inclusive travel package from New York. It will help travel agents get their clients to experience the Maltese Islands this fall or winter. Air Malta presents an exotic, warm weather European getaway from only $935 pp, net rate for travel agent bookings, including: roundtrip airfare from JFK or EWR to Malta International Airport,
Included are six nights at a first-class, centrally located hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, hotel taxes and breakfast daily. This deal to Malta is valid for travel now through December 31. Travel Agents can add their markup up to 15 percent at the time of booking.
The seven-day "Discover Malta" package rates include coach-class roundtrip airfare from JFK or EWR to Malta International Airport via Air Malta (with a connection in either Munich or Frankfurt) as well as six nights’ hotel accommodations at the four-star Hotel Cavalieri, including hotel taxes and breakfast daily. Discover Malta travel package rates do not include air taxes, fees and fuel surcharges. Agents call Air Malta directly to receive an estimate for these additional costs.
Five-star hotel upgrades are also available for an additional charge, featuring the same package inclusions: The Excelsior Hotel (package rates from $1,335), The Meridien (package rates from $1,239) and the Intercontinental Hotel (rates from $1,315.) These offers must be booked a minimum of two weeks prior to departure, and rates may vary subject to availability and/or individual hotel restrictions. There is an additional hotel charge for booking travel (approximately $200 pp) during the Christmas holiday week (December 16-January 3) applies.
To book the Discover Malta special net rates for their clients, travel agents can call 1-866-357-4155 and ask for either Marc Stafrace or Valerie Jobst. Net Rates are not bookable online.
Air Malta operates a modern fleet of aircraft to over 50 destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, with 200 flights a week. Air Malta offers travel agents net airline rates and special destination packages and promotions, as well as tiered commission options for agents based on bookings.