Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Oct. 2, 2006

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMISSIONED TRAVEL AGENTS is set to raise its dues within a few weeks, although President Joanie Ogg said the amount has not been determined. Currently, individuals pay $125 to join and $85 annually to renew; home-based agencies pay $195 and $155, respectively. For host agencies, a bare-bones membership category, involving only a listing at the NACTA Web site, has been eliminated, leaving a single category that carries an entry and annual renewal rate currently of $195.

AT-HOME AGENTS who book high-end groups are eligible for bonus commissions and travel incentives if they qualify as top producers for Intrav's 2006 Private Jet Collection. The company said home-based agents must have an Iatan or CLIA ID number in order to make bookings. Intrav's portfolio, which features upscale amenities in the air and top-rated destinations, is geared to groups of up to 44 members. The product line is at www.intrav.com. Retailers can talk to Intrav's private jet coordinator, Kerry Ghormley, at (888) 576-6811.

IN YOUR POCKET: Dollar Rent A Car rolled out a loyalty program for agents called Dollar Dividends. It's free to join and member agents earn points each time they book a Dollar car rental for their clients. Once agents earn 25 points, they will receive a branded, personalized American Express reward card. Get details at www.travelagent.dollar.com.

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE: Carnival Cruise Lines said the 110,000-ton Carnival Freedom will operate seven-day Caribbean cruises year-round from Miami beginning in November 2007. The Freedom is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. The 2,974-passenger ship will operate alternating eastern and western Caribbean.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Brazil

Trip: Spends three nights in Ariau and one night in Manaus.

Departures: Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Nov. 26 from Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Orlando to Manaus via Copa Airlines.

Length: Four nights.

Sponsor: Latour, an Isramworld company, New York.

Cost: $892 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals and sightseeing as specified.

Contact: (800) 825-0825; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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