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What is the best training for becoming a hirable travel agent? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective travel agent?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

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Anne Ramganesh in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

100 months ago

I would like to work in the Airport as a reservation clerk/ checking tickets etc. However, I have no experiences and would like to know if there is a school where I could get training.

Thank you
AR

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Inspector in Missouri

84 months ago

I worked in an airport for awhile, then worked in a travel agency.

The travel agency is THE way to go if you're serious about a career in travel.

Airport work, you'll get screamed at by frustrated passengers and the pay , generally speaking, for what you are describing is next to nothing. And with the sorry shape of the airline industry, I would NEVER work in an airport(for an airline) again.

Travel agencies offer more chances for advancement and to learn (Tours, cruises, groups). Much more challenging than the airport jobs, in my opinion.

Also, with most tickets "electronic" , there isn't much checking on the airport level. The auditors at the airlines check to make sure the correct fare was sold and the correct amount was collected and the fare adhered to applicable rules.

It's a fun and interesting career, but it is a lot of work and dedication.

Try a local travel agency to see if they have a school. Also, you may ask a local college if they have a travel program.
Bryan College has a travel and tourism program. I believe they have facilities in oklahoma.

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Aliya in Dallas, Texas

81 months ago

Anne Ramganesh in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma said: I would like to work in the Airport as a reservation clerk/ checking tickets etc. However, I have no experiences and would like to know if there is a school where I could get training.

Thank you
AR

What kind of training do you possibly think you'll need to check tickets? Maybe you should work on your communication skills first and then worry about the difficult nature of making plane reservations.

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Inspector in Missouri

79 months ago

Aliya in Dallas, Texas said: What kind of training do you possibly think you'll need to check tickets? Maybe you should work on your communication skills first and then worry about the difficult nature of making plane reservations.

I think she mean to issue tickets. You need to have some knowledge of codes, how fares are calculated, fare basis, routings. Just because an airline goes somewhere, there are rules for the routings, and qualifiers
for the fares.

The job (reservation agent/ticket agent) isn't as easy as it looks.
Also, even though, the majority of tickets are electronic, a good agent needs to know at least the fundamentals in case changes (to the reervation) need to be made. Will there be an additional collection ? Can tickets be exchanged ? What penalties are involved ?

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OutsideThoughts in Atlanta, Georgia

79 months ago

Host said: What is the best training for becoming a hirable travel agent? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective travel agent?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

By becoming one. With TraVerus travel, you'll get ongoing training and the materials you need to succeed as a certified travel agent. You will be able to book directly with the vendors, achieve certificates and you can be a specialist in many areas.

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travelpro in Dublin, Ohio

73 months ago

Study and take the TAP test through the Travel Institute. Take online courses through them.

Graduate from an accredited travel program. Some community colleges offer a tourism degree. You can even do this online.

Intern at a local travel agency.

IT takes time and education. Stay away from offers to make millions overnight.

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JC in Chester, Virginia

53 months ago

Aliya in Dallas, Texas said: What kind of training do you possibly think you'll need to check tickets? Maybe you should work on your communication skills first and then worry about the difficult nature of making plane reservations.

Aliya, are you trying to be helpful or just condescending? Yes, communications skills are important but he/she was looking for direction and assistancenot derison. Re: question at hand. I would first check with your state to see if it has licensing requirements for Travel Agents or Travel Professionals (many do), that can be your starting point. Once you have that you can find out if there is an educational requirement that has to be completed. Once you know that you can check with local junior colleges or specialty schools to see what is available. Talk to their alumnus and talk to local agency heads to see what types of individuals they are looking for. Once you get started on that journey, recognize that the most successful agents are the ones that develop repeat customers not the ones that are out for the quick sale, network and find your niche. If you are young and know lots of students, find out what the popular destinations are for students. Scout around and find great deals. If you know young families, check out popular attractions for them and as families as they grow. Know seniors, find what appeals to them and so on. Keep good notes, engage and personalize yourself to them so they think of you as someone who is helpful to them in the past. Just keep pursuing your goals and you will do fine. Best Wishes!
best wishes on pursuing your dream.

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