Guide to the NEW YTB Booking Engine.
First, if you are a guest, visit the website of the RTA/Affiliate who shared YTB with you.
RTAs/Affiliates you already should know your business address online. It’s www.ytbtravel.com/yourusername. We’re a family of business associates that don’t stab each other in the back and if someone does, they won’t be successful anyway. We help each other, period.
First of all, we have our own domain purchased from GoDaddy.com called www.TheRandLGroup.com. It's named for “R” family name (Reed) and the “L” family name (Lewis.)
YTB was approached by Worldspan in Aug. 2006 to replace Priceline who first powered our booking engine from 2005-2006. Priceline refused to disable popups, so Travelocity approached YTB with a multimillion dollar deal that helped YTB being the 26th largest company in the United States in travel for 2007. Travelocity was running our air, hotel, and flight platform for 2007 and up thru Nov 2008 was a 3rd party to reservation info of our clients.
YTB now owns that information. Click YTB’s Stellar Engine” at www.goteamspectrum.com for more about Convergent Gateway, a Canadian company who was hired to make the experience more user friendly to the finest customer information and details.)
For guests and new RTAs, you should see the name of your own travel store name. The travel search is more specific so people can be more specific in their search requests.
The NEWEST portion is a very user-friendly Traveler Profile. All you do is invite all of your clients to go to your website. Have them click on “Register.” It will open up to request your email address, your own password, etc. This allows you to keep up with your travel, hotel, passport numbers, frequent flyer miles and other preferences ONE TIME, and the system will store all of your info for future booking.
When clients enter their profile, they are automatically registered for 14 days of bliss” every month. Once your OWN profile is entered, you as an RTA are ALSO registered!
This booking site allows multiple quotes from multiple vendors that can be sent to a client. Once the client receives it in the email, if they asked you to check out something for them…now
As far as Deals and Steals specials, this comes out every two weeks. But the company will research special deals that pertain ONLY to your customer. If you are on the east coast, it will tell you the deals that are on the east coast for a quick affordable getaway.
Part II: The Beginning of the Beginning.
Take a look at the front page of the booking engine. When closing a portion of the site, always click the red “x” at the top right of the corner. This takes you back to the main page.
Step 1: Scroll down under “Travel Profile” and you will see YTB Outdoors.com
This opens to a niche site for people who have a dream of taking an adventure trip. It’s like having your own Bass Pro Shop for hunting, fishing, and anything you can think of in X-treme sports. Speaking of “x” go ahead and close the site.
There is also a travel resource site: You will see Passports that you can get as quickly as 24 hours.
Step 2: Click “Flights” tab in the upper left area of the site. It will give you airport codes that you no longer have to look up anymore. There are also charter flights.
Step 3: Click on “Cars.” We get $300 just for referring a new or used car that’s purchased anywhere in the US, Canada or other parts of the World where YTB will be in a matter of weeks from now. Share this with a stressed out autoworker, or auto sales person. They don’t make as much as you think (we know, our son was one once.)
Now take a look at the Travel Resources section again now. It’s changed.
Step 4: Click on “Hotels.” This houses the Hotels.com and other specials.
Step 5: Click on the “Cruises” tab. Look for “bon voyage” gifts at Well Wishers International. Great for an “Employee of the Month” send off gift for a cruise as opposed to a watch or a turkey, don’t you think (for all you bosses out there.) Tell your employees you really appreciate them for bringing on a great new employee! Or plan that family reunion. Cruising can run as little as $70 per person per day, and EVERYTHING is right there at your fingertips in a floating resort for ALL ages!
Enough said on cruises…We try and take them at least 2-3 times a year just to get away. only like with everything else as an RTA, we earn (now) 70% commission on our own trips and services.
Step 6: Click “Groups” (we’ll come back to “Extras” later.”) All the names you see are people who have set up at least 20 cabins for special cruise occasions. But scroll further down the page in alphabetical order to where it says “YTB HQ.” These are special cruises that ANYONE can take advantage of without making any kind of group plans. These are special vendor arrangements to visit an exclusive part of the world that YTB recommends will be absolutely enjoyable beyond words.
If for instance if 3 couples as customers take a Carnival Cruise, Carnival pays 17% commission. That means if the cruise, based on double occupancy was $1,000 per cabin, then Carnival send $510 (or $170 per cabin) back to YTB per cabin. YTB pays you back 60% of that commission sent to them by Carnival, or $306. How long does someone you know have to work to make that kind of money for rent? And it’s tax deductible as well.
If you as an affiliate took the first class training, that amount would increase to 70% of the $510 or earnings of $357. If you had a family reunion, a fundraiser, a company trip, then go ahead and increase that commission reward to add a comma to it.
So in this case, with you booking on your own site, you make money in the travel industry even if you don’t like to cruise. YTB figures families need a stimulus plan. And nobody needs to take a class to learn how to pack a bag.
Step 7: Click on “Extras.” There is NO other site that has these types of enhancements on a travel booking engine. Look now at the Travel Resources under "Health & Beauty".
This is an incredible site because we now have a business with billions of dollars of inventory added to your business. And it does not cost you one extra dime. Follow us briefly so we can cover as much as we can. Get familiar with your services.
Okay, click on Foods and Gifts in the “Extras” area. Click on the carrot cake! (ummmmummm!) . Now look at Meats and Seafoods/Produce/Bakery & Nuts. Now scroll down in Bakery & Nuts and Sweets. Look at this unique gift called “z-Chocolat”.
This gets authentic French chocolate delivered in a jewelry box. Notice all the flags of different nations…yes, YTB is ready to take this business global.
You’ll see EZ meals that can be prepared and delivered to your home. THEN there is DINING OUT! YTB has partnered with Restaurant.com where customers can save up to 60% on your next meal. Scroll to the bottom to find restaurants. For those in the Indianapolis area, there are MANY restaurants. Again, just go to the right when the screen changes over, enter your zip code, and click “go.” These show $25 gift certificates for only $10, or even $10 gift certificates for $3! There is even a $100 gift certificate for $40, and RTAs get commission.
Not to have a YTB website, (click and scroll to lower left corner for “Coach’s Christmas Special” ) people will be spending too much money because they are going to eat and travel anyway. And NONE of it will be tax deductible. (Click Nobody Likes Change) under Video Stories at Team Spectrum’s personal support site.
Now, close out the site with the red “x” in the corner….and click on YTB Flowers. If you want to play here, there’s a 24 hour chat line to get exactly what you want with assistance. Yes, not only do you have a full scale travel agency but you have your own florist, and new affiliates get 60% of the vendor commissions generated and sent to YTB on your behalf.
Under YTB Flowers, there is HOME DÉCOR! Now instead of going out to shop for linens and home furnishings, go to Inhabit Living.com for all kinds of designs. Go ahead, look at the items and they are affordable holiday gifts. So not only will people give the best travel experience, but also the best shopping experience…even with FREE SHIPPING for various products. It’s high quality at comparable prices. Just pick your category and click to your heart’s content. Now close this page out.
You should be back at Fine Home Furnishings. Now click “CANVAS.COM” You can have a custom made canvass from over 25,000 amazing photographs. YTB always takes great pride in providing great quality for your customers.
If you close that page you’ll find furniture and accessories, home and garden fountains for your home, all types of blinds and shades. Just click and inspect.
Now go up to the left hand side with the arrow to the main booking engine with the cruise ship. NOW you will see Financial Services as another financial inventory that did not cost us one dime. You can protect your identity (Lifelock.com), you can get custom made checks for business or personal use, you can monitor your credit score from the YTB site, you can increase your credit score from the YTB site, etc.
But for anyone tracking their receipts check out “Shoeboxed.” What Shoeboxed does is offer a secure service that scans and categorizes your business receipts, and sends back a single report. All of these services are available now for your customers.
Now close that out. Look for Apparel and Accessories under the Carnival Cruise line logo with the holiday lights. Women and men can shop at various vendors designer stores. Open up YTB In Style. There are sunglasses and goggles, there is a designer eyewear site, a children’s clothing site, an L.A. based designer called “Gina Alexander” who creates handbags, and can you can send Gina a photograph or drawing and they will put it on a handbag that’s one of a kind. he shopping mall called “Raphaello Network.” Rapheallo is the largest shopping website on the internet. There are links for men & women, and is translatable in many different languages for a personalized global shopping experienced.
What’s incredible is that all of the designers are available for whatever meets your need.
Now close that page out with the red “x” in the upper right corner. Check out the gorgeous Shimmer & Stone jewelry, one of the top designers in the world for men and women. They even have a clearance section so you can shop in your home, shop with ease, and get some serious commission for shopping from yourself. Click out of that and look at “Tobi.”
“Tobi” has unique gifts, fabrics, and GREEN FRIENDLY pollution-free items.
Now, what we’d like to do is think about this:
1. Look at your life. Look at your economic future. Think about your kids and loved ones. What we know is that YTB has over $1 billion inventory that is less than $500.
YTB is committed to adding more products and services in the near future, at no extra cost ever to its business owners, the RTAs and Affiliates.
For a limited time, our new prospects can take advantage of all that you’ve just been thru , YTB’s has a stimulus package. Visit the link below, and read about the stimulus package called "Coach's Christmas Specials" .
YTB is a company with family and individuals in mind. So for half of the typical start up, people can learn how to own their own choice and make good on it if they truly want 2009 to be different than 2008.
Remember, those whom people listen to talking about the economy is so bad, if you heard it on the news, your newscaster still has a job.
Think about it. And if you are a skeptic like I am about EVERYTHING, go to www.ytb.com and listen to the facts, not the flap.
Get your questions answered. The clock is ticking. If this makes sense, don't miss your blessing. Love to help however we can to find those looking for something for their family. It's always supposed to be about family.
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