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Imagine starting a travel business with the resources, supplier relationships, and tools you need from day one.

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Business Essentials

Start selling and earning commission instantly with top-rated travel planning tools, industry memberships, and access to our list of trusted suppliers and vendors.

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Network Perks

Premier pricing and special offers to our network of preferred partners, including marketing content, design software, promotional items, and travel planning resources.

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Agent Resources

Members-only tools and trainings to make your travel business a success from the very start. Access your exclusive resources any time in your Pickles Travel Network Portal.

Pickles Travel Network is proud to be a 5-star rated agency on Google and Host Agency Reviews!

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You’re here because you love planning incredible vacations, but want the time and flexibility in your schedule to enjoy your own, too.

Get your agency up and running in no time at all! We provide you with everything you need to be your own boss.

A host agency is a foundation to support independent travel contractors. They provide low start-up costs, industry credentials, accreditation, suppliers, access to educational programs, tools, and agent support. 

  • They are sour & sweet, crunchy and taste great with ice cream!
  • You have the ability to charge planning fees and keep a 100% of your fees**. Unlike other host agencies that require you to include them with your commission split.*
  • Membership with Virtuoso, the leading global luxury travel network. 
  • Membership database with VacationCRM ($50 monthly value)
  • Membership to Travefy a platform for Itineraries, Proposals, Client Management & Marketing Tools ($39 monthly value)
  • Access to Monthly marketing training with Wanderlust Social
  • Monthly group coaching
  • Supplier trainings
  • You choose your commission rate* – 70%, 80%, or 90%, unlike other travel hosts that have you hit a min sales to get higher commission rates. Keep more of your profits from day one
  • Ability to brand your own agency and be your own boss
  • Access to FAM (Familiarization) trips and reduced travel rates

No, we welcome new and experienced agents. We have all the tools you need to be successful as a travel advisor new or experienced.

If you have a passion for travel and willingness to grow your own business, you’re a perfect fit for Pickles Travel Network!

We like to break things down into three areas. Business Essentials are the core systems and software you’ll need to get your agency up and running, and these are included at no extra cost with your PTN membership. Network Perks are the optional add-ons like marketing resources and extra training that you can purchase at a discount any time if you’re a PTN member. And our personal favorite, Agent Resources are the complete (and growing!) bank of educational and training resources that we provide to you to support you in growing your travel business. These include seminars led by our Pickles Vacations team, guest experts, and recorded Q+A calls for PTN members only. Learn more about what’s included with your membership here!

How does today sound? Apply right now online, and set up an appointment with a member of our team to get your questions answered. If it sounds like it’ll be a good fit between us, we’ll invite you to sign up and grant you access to the PTN portal right away! As you complete your enrollment steps, we’ll work on getting your accounts created with our partner platforms.

Our vendors + affiliates

Sometimes, it’s all about who you know.

The travel industry is all about relationships. That’s why we make the connections for you and partner with industry leaders to give you reliable, modern, and user-friendly resources to run your travel business with ease. When you become an agent with Pickles Travel Network, you’ll get automatic access to Virtuoso’s membership network, VacationCRM, Travefy, the Travel Professionals Training Kit by Careers on Vacation, and more affiliates through your exclusive member portal. We can’t wait to see you in the network!

Join the network!

Get the Travel Professional Training Kit and join our network for $1149

If you are a Careers on Vacation student or graduate, completed a similar training course, or are an experienced agent, please click here


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*Not available for residents in Hawaii.

**Agents are responsible for checking state laws before charging planning fees.

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IATA | CLIA Membership

PTN IATAN code: 45769253

PTN CLIA number: 00032299

When you enroll with suppliers, you must use PTN’s codes to receive a commission from us. Want to sign up for your own CLIA or IATA numbers for exclusive travel benefits? See below.

Get your own IATA/IATAN ID Card:


The IATA/IATAN ID Card is the industry-standard credential to identify bona fide travel professionals. Key benefits include access to concessionary incentives from industry suppliers. Just added, the IATA MemberPerks program provides cardholders with daily savings at over 300,000 merchants across North America.

To be eligible, you must be registered with IATAN under PTN’s IATA number 45769253, working a minimum of 20 hours per week and earning a minimum of $5,000 per annum in commissions. You’ll need to send PTN a support ticket asking for approval. Once approved, we will send you a PRIN # to allow you to register with IATAN and ask for an ID card.

Get your own CLIA EMBARK ID:


Obtain a CLIA EMBARC ID for travel discounts and FAM (Familiarization) trips. Join CLIA as an Individual Agent Member, under Pickles Travel Network CLIA #00032299.

Once you’ve registered, submit a support ticket to let us know, and we will approve your registration.

Alternate Plans

If you are a Careers on Vacation student or graduate, completed a similar training course, or are an experienced agent, you may be eligible for an alternate membership plan without access to the Travel Professionals Training Kit.

Please select the option that best describes you for more information.