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Travel the World, Stay in Luxury Condos and Fund it All With Your Discount Travel Business

Do you love to travel? Where have you been, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, the Grand Canyon, Key West??? Perhaps you’ve been dreaming and saving your whole life to get to these awesome locales. If you are like me, just the mention of traveling to these wonderful places makes my mouth start to water! Once you are bitten by the proverbial travel bug its hard to just ignore that nagging feeling of needing to plan your next trip to somewhere interesting or exotic. Unfortunately this on-going recession is it making more difficult than ever for most average people to think seriously about making our travel dreams come true.

Worse yet, there are tens of thousands of seniors in our country who have worked their entire adult lives to finally reach retirement age who may not even be able to retire now let alone travel. That is unfortunately a sad fact for many today. There may be a dim, but steadily growing light on the horizon that is changing things. One of the brighter phenomena that is occurring during these economically challenging times is that people are often forced, out of necessity, to seek ways to improve their financial situation. It has often been said that some of the greatest inventions and businesses were developed or started during the Great Depression. These days tens of thousands of Americans are looking for new ways to put more money in their wallets. Those who want to travel are looking for innovative ways to fund their dormant travel habits. The following are some of the ways this is being accomplished.

1. Looking for good deals renting timeshares from people who, like them can no longer afford to use them;
2. Looking for ways to start home businesses that actually generate enough income to pay for their travel (often easier said than done);
3. Purchasing discount Travel Memberships as opposed to buying expensive vacation homes or timeshares to travel and stay in the same luxury condos that used to only be available to vacation home or timeshare owners;
4. Starting businesses that are actually IN the discount travel industry that allow them to both make money (to fund their travel) and provide discounted ways to stay in luxury timeshare resorts and condos.

These opportunities are becoming more and more available today in part because so many timeshare owners are foreclosing on their timeshare properties because they can no longer afford the monthly payments, the ever-increasing annual maintenance fees and the growing timeshare exchange fees. The timeshare companies are turning to ways to market these unused units to companies that are willing to market and rent these units at a discounted rate. Its sort of like what PriceLine.com has done to help hotels sell what would otherwise be unsold rooms at a discounted rate.

Many new companies are popping up to fill this need. Most offer associates the opportunity to market these extremely affordable travel memberships to both retail customers who love to travel AND to those who just want a legitimate way to earn extra money and who want to use their new income to fund their travel. Some are looking for both. Why not start your own home-based internet business marketing the product you love, the opportunity to travel the world while staying at luxury condo resorts for less than the price of a cheap hotel room. A quick Google search will quickly unveil these growing home business/travel opportunities for those who like this idea! I would suggest starting with the keywords, “discount travel”, and “travel club memberships”.

How to Get the Best Hotel Rates

As a travel agent I get a lot of people asking me how to get the best hotel rates and the answer falls back on the traditional way of dealing with the travel industry. The goal of this article is to educate the general public so they can get the best hotel rates and to teach those who read this article about the different types of room rates that exist in the industry. Theses tips I present have the potential to save you several hundreds of dollars on you or your friends, and families’ hotel rooms from now on.

To get the best hotel rate, tip number one should be that you ignore and blacklist using all highly advertised websites like Orbitz, Expedia, and Travelocity from obtaining your services. Once you do this you are open to more options and better deal that you can get elsewhere. These Internet agencies spend millions of dollars every year on advertising so you will hear about them and when you do, they present themselves in a magazine, commercial, or paid advertisement at the top of the search engines with their written or spoken string of brainwashing keywords they choose to advertise and target the general public with.

What these Internet travel agencies offer is an abusive and exploitative situation they control by brainwashing the uninformed that read, listen, and pay attention to their commercials. Internet agencies are not even considered true travel wholesalers according to certain industry professionals who have been in the game for 20 years or longer. The hotels are approached by the Internet agencies that do not even purchase the rooms from the hotels. Instead they propose that they will sell a certain number of rooms for the hotel with no time constraints and they are to be given rooms by the hotel at the Net Rate, which is a bulk travel wholesale amount in the industry. Travel wholesalers and consolidations have to prepay for the bulk amount of rooms they buy from the hotels so they can resell them, so why shouldn’t these Internet sites have to?

Here is where the exploitative situation on the general public begins, and nobody can seem to do anything about. Once the Internet sites are given their own inventory with rooms to mark up at their control they go ballistic. They mark their prices 60% to 80% from the net rate and in some cases over 100% when you tie in all useless services charges, fees, and taxes the add on top of everything. One would think that the Internet agencies and the prices they sell would remain comparative, competitive, and would be able to back up their hyped-up keywords you read and listen to repetitively in their promotions as they feed them to the general public the through millions of dollars of advertising, but they do not.

All the hotel requires in return is the amount of the net. The hotels are fully aware of this exploitative situation that the majority general public is unaware of. The hotels do not support this, but they are simply forced into doing so because they cannot keep up the advertising dollars the Internet sites spend; otherwise they would sell every single room every day of the year by themselves. The only time you might be getting the best hotel rate when you use one of the Internet sites is when the discount price is 30% to 50% off and then the price begins to be reasonably comparable to what is being sold on the vendors website. Other than that you are being sold a bunch of keywords that are all over inflated.

The second tip is the secret to finding the best hotel rates and saving the most towards your vacation falls back to the traditional method of using a travel agent, and the key is to find one who does not charge booking, service, or transaction fees of any sort. You might wonder where all the travel agents are at these days. The reason why you do not see swinging doors to for agencies anymore is because the airlines cut commissions years ago and over 200,000 agencies who occupied business space were forced to either shut down and shut their doors and moved to the internet where they could work from home. This is a big reason why travel agents make up the largest sector of the home based business industry.

Using an industry professional it is and always will be the best way to save money on hotel rates and just about anything you buy in life. As an industry professional we operate semi-automatically because it is usually requires membership logins and passwords, along with proper industry credentials to gain access to certain databases that are filled with premier discounts. Home based travel agents have the ability to obtain numerous different rate types and specials they can offer to the general public or to their clients at such incredibly low deals on such a consistent basis. Premium deals cannot be posted to any public booking engines. They must be sold privately.

The third tip that shows you how to get the best hotel rates is to understand the different type of rates that exist. The GDS is the Global Distribution System is the standard room rate and traditional hotel inventory. These are found on the hotel website and the ones they sell over the phone at the hotel or in the reservations call center. Sometimes the reservations desk will be selling rates cheaper than the call center but they are still GDS rates in comparison. Agents use the GDS to determine how special the other rates are in their overall inventory of multiple rate types they are able to access.

There are different segments of the GDS that include traditional Standard, Rack, Promotion, Government, Military, Corporate, Senior Citizen, and my client’s favorite of all, Premium rates. Premium rates are negotiated rates that hotel provides to travel agencies that reward them for their superior booking history with them. Typically the premium type will save clients 25% to 30% off from the standard GDS Rate. Promotion rates are like having to have the promotional code to receive a discount if the hotel is offering one to the general public. The rest of the GDS are self explanatory if you have the proper credentials to buy them.

The next type of rate is the most rewarding for clients. As I mentioned earlier in the first tip on how to get the best hotel rates, I defined the meaning behind a Net rate as a wholesale rate. Wholesalers and consolidators will purchase a bulk number of room’s usually in large amounts from the hotel vendors and receive a low wholesale price for doing so. The same concept applies a company who sells their products to wholesale suppliers in bulk. The more purchased from the hotel, the better the chances of the consolidators receiving a lower Net rate from the hotel.

Wholesalers then will throw a small markup on top of the Net rates so they can make a little profit and then they we resell the Net rate and distribute them back in to various hotel supplier databases so travel agents can sell them to their clients and to the general public. Net rates are special travel agent rates that are usually prepaid and nonrefundable. They must be booked at least 3 days prior to the clients’ arrival date. Booking a hotel reservation using a premier and Net rate through a home based travel agent who does not charge for fees for their services is how to get the best hotel rates in the world.

Tip four explains how to make a travel agents job easier so they can find you the best hotel rates. Spend some time preparing your itinerary for your agent. They need to know the desired check in and checkout dates as well as the city you wish to stay in. Providing the zip code you want to stay in is even better so they can focus on a certain area so you can be as close to where you want to be. Include the number of rooms and number of beds you need and how many people you are traveling with.

By all means be sure to include a small list of choices you are interested in staying at. If the do not charge a fee for their services, try to be prepared them to work more efficiently for you by giving them all the correct information the first time. If you are traveling with children you will need to tell how many there are and their ages. As stated in the beginning of this article my goal is to educate the reader on how to get the best hotel rates that exist, and if you allow the industry professional to do the work for you, your results will increase tenfold with the success you receive on saving money each and every time you, or your family and friends want to go somewhere.

Group Travel Offers Discounts and Cheap Tickets for Travelers

If you are planning a family vacation, why not make it an extended family vacation and receive a great group travel discount? Travel with extended family?! Ok, we aren’t crazy and we know it isn’t for everyone, but we have found that the bigger the group the bigger the savings. So, if a big family gathering isn’t your idea of a vacation, you can round up a large group of friends.

The first thing you need to do is to contact a reputable travel agent or tour group, you can do one stop shopping to plan your group vacation. This allows you to plan the vacation to include your group interests instead of being stuck with a set vacation package. You often receive cheap tickets for airfare and discounts to points of interests, for hotel fair and for meals. Often, you can negotiate a “meals included” price, although this might mean you get whatever they prepare for you.

If you are planning anything from a family reunion or a reunion with friends to a work or company retreat, there is no better way to build memories than through a group vacation. Group travel can be overseas or in country. Some of the best group travel deals that we have found are actually for cruises. Cruises even give good discounts on groups as small as a family of four, with it working out that one of the family members is essentially going for free.

If you want to get away by yourself or the one you love, you can still take advantage of group discount rates. You can work through tour groups or travel agents to locate group vacations that are open to the public. You might be joining 20 people you don’t know, but you will pay much less then you would if you went by yourself or just as a couple. In addition, this type of group tour often offers you choices of activities. So, if going a bull fight is not your thing, you can go to the local market and shop.

There are endless group rates and cheap tickets possibilities available. You just need to decide what kind of vacation you want to have, whether it is a relaxing cruise or hiking the European Countryside and then decide whether going with family, friends or strangers is more your style. In the end, you can make your dollar stretch a lot further if you take advantage of group travel offers and discounts.