Avanti Destinations has introduced its new Pro-F.I.T. booking engine that enables a travel agent to easily plan a complete F.I.T. with hotels, flights, rail, rental cars, transfers and sightseeing tours in minutes. The system accommodates travel for both Europe and Latin America.
“For many travel agencies, our new Pro-F.I.T. booking engine could provide the most significant improvement in bottom-line profits to come along in many years,” said Harry Dalgaard, president of Avanti Destinations. “There is nothing available to match it anywhere.”
Dalgaard explained, “With a client sitting across the desk from you or in another state over the phone, an agent can create a complete F.I.T. itinerary on the spot and discuss any modifications or changes that the client may want.” Included would be all the prices with taxes and fees with land and air arrangements confirmed upon payment.
There is no waiting for phone calls to conclude the transaction; the agent can close the sale at once, said Dalgaard. Since it is an F.I.T., price comparisons to packaged tours become less of an issue, and the agency can even add appropriate service charges and agent fees. Used as a prospecting tool, Pro-F.I.T. enables an agent to easily plan and save a couple of itineraries with pricing and e-mail them to interested existing or potential clients.
The airfares through the Pro-F.I.T. booking engine take advantage of contract pricing and would include not only intercontinental air but also intra-continental air. The system also provides point-to-point European rail tickets and interesting things to see and do—including city sightseeing, cultural events, historical tours and other experiential tours and excursions. To facilitate completion of transactions, the system provides a 24-hour courtesy hold for each itinerary.
To celebrate the introduction of the Pro-F.I.T. booking engine and the redesigned website, Avanti has announced a new promotion. From February 1 to March 31, 2009, every finalized booking made with a deposit through the Avanti website will automatically enter the travel agent in a drawing to win a complimentary seven-night trip to Spain. Included is airfare from New York City, three nights in Madrid, three nights in Barcelona and more.
For information visit www.AvantiDestinations.com.