Departure Lounge currently partners with Texas Exes, the alumni association of The University of Texas, and with Whole Planet Foundation, the primary foundation of Whole Foods Markets. Those organizations promote the travel planning services of Departure Lounge, and the travel agency donates 10% of gross commission received from travel bookings back to those organizations. The real winners are the travelers, who enjoy the complimentary upgrades and perks secured for them by Departure Lounge travel advisors. Your supporters can generate funds for your organization without purchasing material items and without spending any money they wouldn’t have already spent on travel. Departure Lounge does not charge travel-planning fees and does not add expense to the travel.
Schools, alumni groups, non-profits and charitable community groups are ideal for this fundraising approach.
How would a Fundraiser Program with Departure Lounge work? We would establish a special email address for your constituents to use when requesting help with booking their personal travel, or they can call us and identify themselves as being part of your organization. Then we code them in our database. From that point forward, your organization will receive 10% of gross travel agency commission earned on travel bookings. That roughly translates to 1% of the total gross travel sales.
Departure Lounge’s average vacation booking is $12,000, so that booked trip would generate $120 for your organization. If you believe your constituents can generate $250,000 or more in annual travel bookings (roughly 20 trips), then your organization could be a great fit for a travel fundraiser.
The following criteria determine if an organization is a good fit for this fundraiser strategy: