→ Ultra-high startup costs for legal and logistics software
→ Little-to-no support or resources for solo agents
→ Gatekeeping of suppliers, vendors, and industry secrets
→ Low commissions and split planning fees cutting agents’ profits
→ A million complicated steps to do a job that’s meant to be fun!
Sound familiar? Believe me, I know how it feels to be at square one and feel like you’ll never actually get the chance to make a sale. That’s why I created Pickles Travel Network: the first host agency of its kind that actually makes it simple to start and scale a travel business in 2022!
With high commission rates, zero cuts of your planning fees, and our agency’s entire network of vendors, suppliers, and affiliates at your fingertips, you’ll be amazed at what’s possible (and how quickly!) with Pickles Travel Network.
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, E & O Insurance, administration, and agent support.
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!
No, we welcome new and experienced agents. We have all the tools you need to be successful as a travel advisor new or experienced.
Instant access to PTN portal and full access in up to 5 business days
→ Pickles Travel Network portal access
→ Commission rates up to 90%*
→ Travel Professional Training Kit ($3,323.34 value)
→ VacationCRM full access ($50/month value)
→ Travefy itinerary management ($39/month value)
→ Keep 100% of your planning fees**
→ $1M errors & omissions insurance policy
→ Travel Leaders Network access
→ Get leads through Agent Profiler
→ Access to over 170 suppliers
→ Live group coaching with PTN
→ Live supplier and marketing training
→ Members only Facebook group
Pickles Vacations was voted “Best Travel Agency in the Area” and the five-star client experience it provides truly lives up to the title. Pickles team members go through extensive training and most work full time as travel agents, earning six figures per year. The team works together closely, and has created unmatched vendor and supplier relationships and an unparalleled reputation with travelers.
Pickles Travel Network gives agents the exact same tools, trainings, resources, relationships and commission rates, but let’s them build their own travel businesses. There are no sales minimums*, no expectations, and complete freedom over how you want to work. Are you ready to start your business with a proven blueprint from a successful agency in your back pocket?
If you are a Careers on Vacation student or graduate, completed a similar training course, or are an experienced agent, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.