Work From Home Travel Jobs
If you’ve ever planned a vacation, you know how many little details go into a relatively short amount of time (a 2014 CBS News report found the average American takes a vacation lasting just over 4 days!). Even still, there’s booking a flight, choosing departure and return dates, getting to the airport, worrying about connecting flights, dealing with cancelled, delayed or missed flights.
Then there’s renting a car or getting transportation to your hotel, finding a decent hotel, planning activities to do and sites to see — seriously, the logistics of it all are enough to make even the most detail-oriented person throw up their hands in defeat and forgo a vacation for a staycation (seriously, those are things).
Virtual Travel Agents
So, that got me to thinking about how valuable travel professionals are in a world where many favor a do-it-yourself approach to travel of booking flights online and making car reservations through major travel deal sites. Jumping online may be a quick and easy way to book travel, but it certainly doesn’t ensure you’ll have a travel experience that goes off without a hitch (in fact, if you’re anything like me, it probably increases your odds of having something go awry).
And that’s where virtual and work from home travel jobs come into play — experts in travel who can help plan and book business and leisure trips that are detailed and well-thought out (lessening the chance of unexpected circumstances popping up!).
If you’re interested in working as a virtual or remote travel counselor, coordinator or agent, there are a number of companies who routinely hire work from home travel agents and support pros.
American Express Travel Counselor
You probably know of American Express as the credit card people. They also offer some pretty nice travel perks to their cardholders. To help them redeem these rewards, American Express has Travel Counselors who offer world-class service while helping cardholders plan a memorable travel experience.
As a Travel Counselor, you’ll help Card Holders book domestic and international travel arrangements, make recommendations, and resolve any issues that might come up. If you have 2+ years travel experience and a quiet home-office area, this position, which offers full and part-time opportunities, might be a good fit. Being flexible in your schedule is a must as is being legally eligible to work in the United States.
Disney Travel Agents
Authorized Disney Vacation Planners are specially trained travel pros in all things Disney. These travel agents or vacation planners, as they’re often called, aren’t affiliated with Disney but go through certification and training to become “Authorized Disney Vacation Planners.”
It doesn’t cost the traveler anything extra to book their Disney vacation using a Disney Travel Agent. The travel agents earn a percentage of each sale they make from Disney.
This is one of those opportunities that will likely take a large time investment before you actually see monetary return. You’ll need to go through training and actually start booking vacations to begin the earnings process.
Keep in mind, you won’t actually get paid your commission until a vacation is complete. So, if you book a vacation in January, but the actual vacation isn’t until July, you won’t see your commission for six months!
There are a number of companies that specialize in Disney Travel and welcome applicants who are interested in learning more about becoming a Disney Vacation Specialist:
- Love The Mouse Travel
- My Favorite Mouse
- Off To Neverland Travel
- Mickey’s Travel
- Tiggerific Travels
- Mouse Counselors
- Mouse Hunters Travel
- My Mickey Vacation Travel
- Mickey Travels
FROSCH is a privately-owned travel management company. They provide travel solutions for both business and leisure travelers. With headquarters in NYC and Houston as well as offices nationwide, they employ hundreds of professionals in the travel industry, but they frequently hire virtual travel pros, too. Some positions you can expect to find at FROSCH include:
- After Hours Travel Consultant
- Apollo Travel Consultant
- Sabre Travel Consultant
Positions offered are usually full time and come with benefits. FROSCH employee reviews are mixed. Many virtual agents report enjoying the freedom of being able to work just about anywhere (as a bonus you get a company-issued laptop). Others note that management is difficult to work with. All in all, reviews hover right around the 3-star mark, which is slightly above average.
As FROSCH continues to grow, they will certainly offer more and more virtual travel industry jobs. Keep your eyes on their careers page for the latest work from home travel jobs at FROSCH.
Cruise.com is an online cruise booking agency. They offer destination cruises, specialty cruises, and work with some of the largest cruise lines around like Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. Part of their services include finding discount cruises and offering tips and valuable information for those taking or thinking about taking a cruise.
Cruise.com hires Cruise Sales Agents, Online Support Agents, and Customer Service Agents to work remotely. They hire in rounds in order to conduct online training in a classroom-like settings. Training takes four weeks and is done entirely online.
All positions at Cruise.com pay a base rate plus commission. These are employee positions which offer some benefits (you may even qualify for travel agent discounts!). Candidates will need to pass a background and employment check before being offered a final employment offer.
Red Butler is a virtual assistant company offering executive services to busy professionals and entrepreneurs. It’s not surprising to know that their most requested tasks from clients center around travel (flight arrangements, hotel stays, itineraries, rental cars, etc.).
To help their busy clients with their travel needs, Red Butler hires Virtual Assistants known as Travel Specialists. As you might imagine, Travel Specialists handle all aspects of travel for corporate and leisure trips. So, you might need to find great deals on a car rental or find a flight from Point A to Point B on a specific date and time. You might also handle travel rewards points and redeem them as needed for clients.
Red Butler does so much within the travel industry that some companies exclusively use them for their travel needs. As a Travel Specialist for Red Butler you might find yourself working on behalf of a company to make sure all their employees have great travel experiences!
Don’t forget to check Indeed for remote, virtual, and home-based travel industry jobs. Simply type “travel” in the “what” box and “remote” in the “where” box to find the latest work from home travel jobs!