Part of The Departure Lounge Houston host travel agency team.

Passionate About Travel Planning?

Departure Lounge is a trailblazer in the realm of luxury travel, and we’ve been growing rapidly due to the success our Travel Advisors have with creating incredible experiences for delighted clients across the world. As we expand, we’re looking to add more travel specialists to our family of advisors for our luxury Houston host travel agency.

As a member of the prestigious Virtuoso international travel network, Departure Lounge offers travel clients first-class advice, upgrades, perks and insider experiences. Our travel advisors have global access to the highest-quality travel providers and resources, along with top status in the preferred-agency programs of the top luxury travel brands.

If you are considering joining the Departure Lounge advisor team of independent contractors, we’d love to hear from you. Though there may be several host agencies you could choose to work with, we set ourselves apart through innovation and unparalleled support for both our clients and our travel advisors. We are seeking professionals in the Houston area who are established sellers of luxury travel and are looking to grow, along with who are looking to start their career as a travel advisor.

Our compensation plan is as innovative as our business concept. For U.S.-based advisors, we provide three different compensation plans: 1) commission split for individual advisors; 2) commission split for teams working under one contract; or 3) a flat monthly fee for individual advisors that lets you retain 100% of commissions for clients you have sourced. Our advisors generally have 50-100 affluent client households for which they arrange travel several times each year.

For travel advisors who are just starting or fairly new to selling travel but are knowledgeable and well-traveled, Departure Lounge helps you develop strategies to find and attract new clients. Our agency also generates qualified leads, which are placed with our agency’s travel advisors in their respective cities.

While it’s possible to build a practice on your own as a fully independent travel agent, partnering with Departure Lounge, a top Houston host travel agency, provides you with support, leverage for exclusive deals, unique perks and complimentary upgrades for your clients, new leads, and network opportunities with our partners and other agents—all while giving you the freedom to learn, grow, and succeed as you help clients with their travels.

Departure Lounge Travel Advisor Keys To Success

Wanderlust & Experience Sales, Skills & Service Relationships, Connections & Kindness
Travelers value working with a travel advisor who often times has “been there and done that.” That means your travel experience is crucial, as is your familiarity with luxury travel providers and key attractions at destinations. If you have not “been everywhere,” your knowledge of a region or two, or familiarity with a specific form of travel (such as safaris) can be a great base of knowledge to start with. Our worldwide connections through the Virtuoso network enable our travel advisors to plan and arrange fantastic vacations even for destinations that the travel advisor has not personally explored yet. Presenting and discussing travel options passionately and effectively is typically the simple part for a prospective travel advisor. You also need to be proficient with computers and be comfortable working with technology, online websites, forms and booking tools, along with email and texting. You should also be strategic and thorough in keeping track of details, responding quickly and effectively communicating with travel providers and clients. As your host agency, we will work to ensure you have the resources and assistance you need to help ensure your success. Ultimately, as a successful Houston travel advisor, you should have 50-100+ affluent households that rely regularly on you to plan travel throughout the year. That means that you, as a prospective advisor, ideally need to have a solid personal network of affluent family members, friends, and colleagues who would entrust you with planning their travel and would ultimately recommend you to others. Departure Lounge’s culture is built on kindness and a helpful spirit, so new team members need to demonstrate those same qualities. Our advisors put people first and provide dedicated professional support for clients.

In The News

Our award-winning organization is recognized because of the incredible advisors and travel providers we work with. Each agent is gifted with the ability to help others plan their ideal dream vacations, then helps make those dreams a reality. We don’t just provide travel services; we create unforgettable unique experiences by providing custom-tailored trips with exclusive benefits thanks to our partnerships with prestigious travel leaders.

We’ve been featured in the news several times and our agency has received many accolades as we strive to set and raise the bar as luxury travel advisors.