How we work with travel agents
BikeToursDirect loves working with travel agents and helping you look like a hero!
We’re bike tours experts and share that expertise with you. We represent more than 100 local overseas bike tour companies with nearly 500 tours in 70+ countries and each year send more than 3,000 clients on cycling tours worldwide.
We save your clients money! Most of our prices are dramatically lower than you’d find elsewhere--about a third of them less than $1,000. Local overseas bike tour companies tend to keep their prices low, and we offer nearly all tours at the same pricing you’d find booking directly.
There are five primary ways we work with travel agents:
Since most of our tour prices are quite low–-and commissions are often as low as 10%--it’s not always feasible to split commissions. In these cases, you simply add an agency fee. Even with an agency service fee, the client usually ends up paying less than they’d pay elsewhere. And, of course, we can provide expertise to help you advise your clients.
Many tours are expensive enough and with commissions as high as 20% that we can often split commissions. For an agency to receive a commission, you must act as liaison with the client, submit the booking request, submit all payments to us, and handle and address all issues relating to getting to and from the tour and all client questions. (We’ll help you but ask you to be in direct contact with your client.)
Custom tours (individual)
With custom tours, we can build a commission into the tour pricing. Given our overseas contacts, even with your commission added, the clients are still getting a very competitive price. We work either directly with the client or through you. With our extensive bike tour experience, we're pretty good at developing tours that match client needs.
Custom group tours
Much like individual tours, we develop a custom group tour either for an existing group or for you to promote to clients. We can build in commission and/or free trips. Because of our relationship with the overseas operators, we're usually able to have them block space on option rather than make an upfront commitment, and, again, the pricing is quite competitive. Depending on your preference, the clients can book directly with us or through you. Even if they book through us, we do have a space where they can request air quotes. We would refer these to you.
With the referral program, we provide you with BikeToursDirect flyers printed with agency-specific codes. Your clients get a discount, and you get a referral fee. It's fairly carefree from your perspective, in that we handle everything from inquiry through the entire booking and payment process.
We hope we can work with you for your clients. Please contact us to learn more.