Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

  • 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 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%, 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

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!

Instant access to PTN portal and full access in up to 5 business days

Yes, if you are selling to residents that live in those four states, you are required to be licensed. However, you can sell trips to those states to residents that live outside of them.

We currently are only licensed in Florida but are working to be licensed in all four states.**

No, you are an Independent contractor of PTN operating under yourself or business entity.

No, but it is strongly recommended.

PTN carries a $1M policy but it is strongly recommended you get your own.

No, you will need to keep track of your fees separately. We recommend using PayPal or Stripe. Please be aware that charging fees are prohibited in some states; it is your responsibility to check for your state.

Our suppliers pay PTN your commission and we payout on the 10th of every month via direct deposit.

No, only on your anniversary date. You will need to make this request within 30 days before your anniversary by sending us a support ticket with the tier you’d like to change.

Yes, your clients belong to only you.

Yes, you will need to give PTN 30 days notice for cancellation.

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:

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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.