I’ve talked about this issue before but it bears repeating.
Clients all the time are asking if we can reduce the rate of a cruise below what the cruise line is charging.
This is called rebating, and Allure Quest Travel Experience has long taken a stance against rebating for any reason. We may lose a few clients because of it, but integrity means more than a few dollars.
Rebating was a huge advantage for the big travel agencies, but not so much for the hard-working smaller agencies such as Allure Quest Travel Experience. We just can’t afford to give away our commissions. Would you like it if your employer cut your salary while you’re doing the same amount of work?
Fortunately, in the world of cruising rebating has long been a no-no with many major cruise lines and more are joining in.
Oceania, Regent Seven Seas and Princess cruise lines are the latest to ban travel agents from undercutting pricing by giving part of their commission to the client.
Any travel agent caught violating this rule will be banished and not allowed to book with that line again.
All this just validates Allure Quest Travel Experience’s long standing policy. Integrity downs still count for something.
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