How to Become a Travel Affiliate

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Online travel planning has grown over the past 10 years. As a matter of fact it is one of the fastest growing markets on the Internet. Would you like to earn commissions when somebody books a ticket, rents a car or gets a hotel room? As a travel affiliate you can do just that.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet and computer
  • Blog or Web site

Create a travel related blog or Web site. You will need to build a site focused on a particular travel niche that will bring enough visitors that you can in turn refer to your affiliate site in order to earn a commission. You will do this by placing banner ads on your site as well as linking to the affiliate site in articles that you write. Your site should be specialized in the travel area. For example you can build a site about extreme-sports travel, travel with pets, traveling to bed and breakfasts--whatever suits your interest and you would enjoy writing and creating videos about.

Choose an affiliate program. There are a number of affiliate programs available such as STA Travel, which specializes in travel for people aged 18-26. To sign up you will need to become a member of CJ.com (Commission Junction). Fill out the online application. They usually approve you within 48 hours. You will then need to log in to your account and apply to the STA Travel program. Go to the STA site and click on “Join Affiliate Program.” The commission rates for STA as of August 2009 were 2.2 percent on flights,10 percent on travel insurance,10 percent on discount cards, 3 percent on rail passes, 8 percent on Global Cell Phones and 5 percent on hotels.

Join the Orbitz affiliate program. Orbitz has been in the online travel game for more than a decade. Their affiliate program is free to join. Go to the site and scroll to the bottom click on “Affiliates” and “Join Now.” Their affiliate program is managed by a third-party company called Link Share so you will need to fill out their application. Once you have submitted it they usually approve it within 48 hours.

Orbitz compensation in 2009 is $3 for airline reservations; $6 for hotel reservations; $4 for rental car reservations; $25 for cruise bookings; $30 for vacation packages.

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