Is it more profitable to book group travel? Longer trips? Or to deal with wealthier clients? Travel Agent asked, and agents answered: What's the highest commission you've ever earned, and what was it for?
Post Haste Travel Service
"There were two wonderful commissions earned," says Sylvia Berman, owner of Post Haste Travel Service in Hollywood, FL. "As most consultants will tell you, incentive groups earn us the most money and that is what we were fortunate enough to do. A two-night package earned us $30,000.
"For a family going to
Sometimes it's simply the wealthiest clients that yield the biggest agent rewards. "The highest commission I've ever earned was for booking the penthouse suite on the Crystal Serenity for the 2008 world cruise," says Connie Lemmon, a personal vacation planner with AVC. "The booking was for repeat clients of mine and the total commission was $89,000."
Tzell Travel Group
Rabia Shahenshah of Tzell Travel Group in
"I guess the highest commission I've ever earned was
for an extremely upscale group trip to
"I have excellent contacts in
"A wonderful time was had by all," Maged recalls.
"I'm always delighted when that happens." But, she says, "I
couldn't wait for the trip to be over. It was a huge commission...but the
workload affected my business for a year. Lots of midsize commissions are
better for me. I [can't] have one huge trip taking all my time and