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TORONTO — The latest edition of Sunwing’s Groups Guide is now available with insider tips, exclusive perks and savings opportunities on group vacation and cruise packages with Sunwing.
With the Groups Guide’s launch Sunwing is also offering agents the chance to win big in 2019. The tour operator’s STARMillionaire program is back, giving agents the opportunity to win one million STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash (a cash value of $1,800).
Agents have the chance to win when they book a group of 10 adults or more by Aug. 27, 2019. The more group bookings agents make, the more chances they have to win.
New to the Groups Guide is the ‘Book 10, Hold 20’ promotion. When an agent books 10 seats for any group type with a reduced deposit, they can hold an additional 20 seats with no deposit required. Seats may be held for 60 days or up until 120 days before departure, whichever comes first.
Groups can also add up to double their original group size at the original contracted rate (maximum of 50 guests total or 20 guests total for cruise packages).
And back for a second year is Sunwing’s Groups Plus Premium, a collection of over 180 properties offering concessions and competitive inclusions exclusive to Sunwing groups customers. Groups also still get all the same benefits of Groups Plus including private transfers with a minimum of 15 passengers arriving on the same flight, complimentary room upgrades for the group leader and rooms located in the same area of the hotel. And when eight adults or more travel together, one adult can travel for free.
Sunwing says attractive group pricing is available on cruise packages with MSC Cruises, NCL and Marella Cruises when more than eight guests cruise together. Plus, when agents book a group cruise package by Aug. 27, 2019 for sailings between Nov. 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 they can earn 10X STAR Agent Reward Points that convert to cash and the 16th adult can travel for free (including air, cabin and pier transfers).
Sunwing Platinum Club is also back for 2019 with a chance for travel agents to earn free seats, Elite Plus upgrades and excursion credits. Depending on the number of bookings made, agents can achieve a higher tier and earn higher rewards. Sunwing is now offering more options to earn; when agents book a minimum of 75 group seats, they can earn up to a $1,000 seat credit towards a future group booking.
An online version of the Groups Guide can be found at sunwingagents.ca. Full details of the current STAR points promotion and other group offers are also listed on the site.