MISSISSAUGA — Effective immediately Sunquest says it will no longer include the non-commissionable fees – i.e. the ‘surcharge’ – in the total taxes of its packages.
Under the new pricing model, the fees will now be included in the base price of the package and will be fully commissionable. The only non-commissionable portion will be the taxes and fees charged by end suppliers such as airlines. The commission rate remains unchanged at 8%.
“We know this is a high priority item for our valued travel agency partners. We have listened to them and have made these changes accordingly,” said TravelBrands CEO Frank Demarinis.
With the new pricing system agents will see a commission increase of about $40 per booking per couple.
In an industry conference call TravelBrands Executive VP Bryan Klompas acknowledged that agencies “are working harder than ever” and said the TravelBrands has a strong commitment to the retail trade. The move came after repeated requests from travel agent partners.
A FAQ explaining the new pricing structure can be found on travelbrandsagent.com, or contact your TravelBrands BDM for more information.
Since the news broke on Monday afternoon, agents have shown strong support on Facebook with 25 likes and comments: