Last December, we announced Travel Agent magazine’s first ever booking incentive. The Charged Up Vegas promotion rewarded agents who booked Las Vegas with a client’s American Express card. We gave away $24,000 in American Express gift cards! In 30 days, the promotion resulted in 900 transactions and $650,000 in booked travel. Many of you commented on the success of this promotion and wanted to know if we would be doing more of it. And the answer is yes!
This summer, we will be raising the stakes and categories. A total of over $42,000 will be available to agents who book clients using American Express cards within the Cruise and Tour Operator category. This program will last five months and reward productivity and random winners monthly. A grand prize of $20,000 will be awarded at the Luxury Travel Expo this year.
So as Travel Agent magazine educates you on the latest in cruising and tours, that knowledge can pay you beyond your everyday commission checks. Just remember to use an American Express card when making the payment. This benefits your client, too, with the following services and protection:
Assistance before, during and after the trip, including pre-trip planning, emergency legal and medical referrals and passport replacement services
Coverage if the rental car is damaged or stolen
Coverage for lost, stolen or damaged baggage
Identity Theft Assistance—24/7 support to help resolve any identity theft
Fraud Protection Center—provides the tools and resources to help protect your good name
Pictured above with me are Charged Up Las Vegas winners Kevin Nguyen of Pinnacle Travel Services in Los Angeles and Lisa Bitansky of Travel America Inc. in Langley, British Columbia. Nguyen won the grand prize and received a $10,000 American Express Gift Card, while Bitansky was the second-place winner and recipient of a $5,000 American Express Gift Card.