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Morticia

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Do you give large discounts to travel agents on vacation? I am assuming that is what is meant by 'industry rate'. Is there some sort of standard? ie- 50% off, winter rates for summer stays?
I was just asked for an industry rate by someone claiming to be a travel agent. When I said I didn't know what she meant she got all huffy with me. So, curious about what anyone else understands that to be.
 

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Went looking for info and the 'industry rate' varies from 50% to 75% off at HOTELS. Yeah, so when you can book the other 499 rooms at close to 100%, what's one room at 75% off.
 

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No, a travel agent should know better than to ask a b&b for a discount. Just trying to take advantage.
 

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It would be a different story if it's someone you know, and that you know will be sending you some business. But this sounds like someone, either a real agent or not, trying to get a cheaper vacation at your expense. Did she offer any proof of her position?
When I said I didn't know what she meant she got all huffy with me.Doesn't sound like a real professional to me. Sounds like someone pressing their scam in a last-ditch effort to get success.
I wouldn't worry about it.
Yeah, I know. Easy for ME to say.
 

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Do give discounts to reporters and magazine writers, especially if they are writing about your area.
 

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No, a travel agent should know better than to ask a b&b for a discount. Just trying to take advantage..
Don Draper said:
No, a travel agent should know better than to ask a b&b for a discount. Just trying to take advantage.
Why do you say that, because this is such a small biz? Or the margins are tighter? AAA agents always ask for a discount. But, only 10%, not this 75% I read about.
 

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Do give discounts to reporters and magazine writers, especially if they are writing about your area..
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Do give discounts to reporters and magazine writers, especially if they are writing about your area.
We have only found out we had reporters & magazine writers by looking at their email addys. None of them have ever asked for a discount.
 

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It would be a different story if it's someone you know, and that you know will be sending you some business. But this sounds like someone, either a real agent or not, trying to get a cheaper vacation at your expense. Did she offer any proof of her position?
When I said I didn't know what she meant she got all huffy with me.Doesn't sound like a real professional to me. Sounds like someone pressing their scam in a last-ditch effort to get success.
I wouldn't worry about it.
Yeah, I know. Easy for ME to say..
She was on the phone so I didn't ask for proof like an IATA number. There were other issues so they sounded like a high maintenance stay, why discount for that!
 

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I would do one if it was an agency I used and got a lot of business from ie we use one that operates out of a town about 30 miles away if they wanted a night out here I would do a good deal but otherwise you get absolutely no return. Big places do it but frankly I didn't see any return there either people use travel agents less and less these days.
 

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Is there any licensing required to be a "travel agent" or can anyone hang out their shingle and become one? We have had a couple of challenging bookings through a travel agent.....
 

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No, a travel agent should know better than to ask a b&b for a discount. Just trying to take advantage..
Don Draper said:
No, a travel agent should know better than to ask a b&b for a discount. Just trying to take advantage.
Why do you say that, because this is such a small biz? Or the margins are tighter? AAA agents always ask for a discount. But, only 10%, not this 75% I read about.
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Because we have so few rooms. The only reason they get such a large discount at hotels is because the rooms would likely be empty, not the case for b&b's.
 

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Travel agents get large discounts at hotels because they send them a large number of guests, and usually the TA companies have nice contracts with the large hotel chains as well.
The only time I would discount is if they personally sent be group tours or the such.... period!
As for writers, I have been told by large magazine writers that IF a writer is truely professional, they would never ask you for a discount, or comp stay - especially if they plan on writing an article about your B&B. That is considered paying for the article or an AD. Sorry!
 

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Thanks for all the answers, this is helpful info.
 

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Went looking for info and the 'industry rate' varies from 50% to 75% off at HOTELS. Yeah, so when you can book the other 499 rooms at close to 100%, what's one room at 75% off..
I know what the "break even" rate was for the big chain I used to work for. I would not open my door and say hello for that rate! That is why hotels can give that much of a discount.
 

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They want a freebie or huge discount. And they won't send any business. What I would tell them is they pay the regular rate, and will receive their discount i the form of a check mailed to them when they send any business your way after their stay.
The internet is doing far more than any travel agent would do. Plus, when they send a booking you have to pay a commission!
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