1. What types of agencies or agents do you accept as members?
LTA welcomes experienced, productive agencies and agents whether you are a traditional storefront agency, a home-based business, ARC-appointed or non-ARC. However, we do have membership standards.
2. What are the standards?
Generally, we welcome all travel agents and travel agencies with professional travel industry background and travel sales history. The minimum benchmark for preferred supplier sales is $100,000 annually. We willingly make exceptions for experienced agency owners and agents who are transitioning from storefront to home-based.
3. Do you accept Independent Contractors (ICs) as members?
Not as direct members. We are not a host agency and therefore cannot directly support ICs. If you don’t operate independently under your own industry ID, we will be happy to refer you to one of our host agency members. We will then look forward to supporting you through your host agency.
4. What are LTA’s membership fees/dues?
We typically offer new members an introductary dues waiver for 2-years. However, dating back to our founding in 2007, we have extended the waiver for all members; and, circumstances premitting, we will continue to do so indefinately.
5. When I fill out the information form on this site, have I joined?
No. The online form is used to gather basic information about you and your agency. When you submit the form, we will contact you to discuss our programs. If we meet your criteria and you meet ours, we will be happy to assist you in completing our full membership application.
6. Once the paperwork if completed, how long is it before I become a member?
Once we have your full application, we add you to the membership rolls immediately. We also advise our preferred suppliers that you are a member. The supplier recognition process varies from supplier-to-supplier and can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If you are leaving another agency organization to join LTA, your commission benefits should not be interrupted. Suppliers typically try to manage agency transitions to avoid any gaps in benefits during the transition.
7. If I made a booking with a preferred supplier prior to joining LTA, do I get LTA-enhanced commission?
If a booking has been made prior to joining LTA, suppliers will generally apply the commission in effect at the time the booking was made. Alternately, some suppliers will honor or agree to the commission in effect at the time of final payment. In all events, you should check your commission level at time of final payment and ask the supplier to apply LTA’s commission. On a case-by-case basis, we may be able to help you receive the higher commission.