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Host Agencies 

Usually host agencies are the star of HAR show. And if you’re not sure what a host agency is, it’s worth knowing—this article will explain what a host agency is. Even though we’re highlighting accreditation organizations, we can’t overlook the route of getting your travel agency accreditation through a host agency.

A few points of note: 

  • Host’s Commission Rate: Since host agencies have a whole lot of independent agents under one travel agency accreditation number, agents using a host typically receive a higher commission level with most vendors than they would on their own (more on travel agent commissions). At the end of the day, that means more commissions for you.
  • Supplier Recognition: The flip side is that because you all share the same accreditation number, you’re technically seen as one agency. In your dealings with vendors, the host acts as an intermediary between you and vendor.

Host agencies are especially great options for newer agents (see our host agency list). That way, the newer agent can build the experience needed to apply for other accreditations down the line. Some agents also opt to go through a host and apply for their own travel agency accreditation number. 

At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong answer, it’s up to you!