The trade in Canada is always flush with bonus rewards opportunities for travel agents as suppliers seek to encourage bookings and to thank agents for their loyalty. Here is our monthly look at some of the offers that are currently available:
 
Sunwing: For the month of November, Sunwing has partnered with select hotels and resorts in Mazatlan, Mexico, to showcase what the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ has to offer. Until Nov. 30th, agents can earn 4% bonus commission and receive STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash on all new bookings to Mazatlan.  Plus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort in the area, they’ll gain a ballot for a chance to win an all inclusive vacation for two to the destination. A seven-day vacation package will be given away each week during the promotion.
 
Sunwing is also offering agents 10X STAR points on new bookings with Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts as part of the Partner of the Month promotion this month. Each booking also makes agents eligible to win a trip for two.  
 
TravelBrands: During November, travel counsellors can earn bonus commission from TravelBrands. Agents who book hotel stays or Travel Genie packages will receive three per cent extra bonus commission, while for any car rental bookings made, agents will receive 15 per cent commission.  The offers are valid on new bookings made through www.travelbrandsaccess.com.
 
Tourism New Zealand: Travel agents feeling a need for New Zealand can now organize their own independent fam trip (plus a guest) through Tourism New Zealand’s new Explore Plus Program, which provides agents with more than 500 air, land, accommodation and attraction discounts, plus the resources to design a personally curated New Zealand itinerary. Special discounted fares include:
 
• Air New Zealand – Fares from Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston starting at $200*. The first 100 agents to book receive an additional $200 off the discounted price.

• American Airlines – 50 per cent off return fares from Los Angeles.

• Air Tahiti Nui – $550 return fare from Los Angeles.

• Fiji Airways – Fly from either Los Angeles or San Francisco for $599 or from Honolulu for $559. The first 25 agents to book receive an additional $200 off the discounted fare.
(*All prices U.S. dollars).
 
The Explore Plus Application Form is available at http://traveltrade.newzealand.com/en-ca/benefits/explore-nz-programme/explore-programme-form/
 
Collette: The Book Your Own Bonus agent incentive is back with a birthday twist in honor of the tour operator’s upcoming centennial celebration! Agents qualify for this promotion after their very first booking and can receive incentive earnings in addition to their commission. Following an initial booking, earnings increase to $50 for the second and $100 for the third and each booking after that (with no limits).
 
Goway: Agents who make three bookings to Tahiti by the end of the year with the tour operator’ IslandsEscapes team will qualify for a free trip to the South Pacific island. Twenty-five agents will receive the prize, which includes five nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles. Six bookings qualify the agent to bring a companion.

Also, the tour operator has teamed up with Qantas to offer a $55 incentive for its Icons of Australia tours – “six distinct packages [designed] to unlock Australia’s most memorable sights, along with some of its hidden corners.” (GowayAgent.com)
 
TravelBrands: Agents booking TravelBrands on its web site travelbrandsagent.ca through Dec. 15 continue to be automatically entered for a chance to win a million Loyalty Rewards points, which can be redeemed for merchandise, travel, gift cards or be donated to multiple foundations and charities. Leading up to the grand prize, TravelBrands will also give away 100,000 Loyalty Rewards points each month. Meanwhile, every five car rentals booked through Access before June 30 will also earn every travel agent a $25 Petro Canada gift card.
 
Watch this space for regular agent incentive offerings.
 
 
el cid resort

Sunwing offers the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel.
 

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