As an independent, privately owned agency, there’s no better day than Small Business Saturday to go ahead and close some sales. But you need more than just a designated shopping day to convince consumers to hit the “book” button with you. It’s all well and good to ask people to shop with their consciences and on principle, but the reality is, they’re watching their wallets, too.
To better support travel advisors and their businesses, as well as the budgets of our mutual customers, ALG Vacations® has created this quick reference guide on the best active sales and support programs active during this time period.
Black Fri-YAY’s initial offers are ending right before Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay tuned to ALG Vacations® web pages, social media feeds, and more to see what crops up on the biggest shopping weekend of the year! Just because we kicked it off early doesn’t mean we’re done giving travel advisors market advantage. Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two most important days for holiday buying, both bookend Small Business Saturday, which means your clients will have plenty of chances to support you this weekend and score some major discounts.
Mazatlan Destination Feature
Get your clients to try someplace new this year! Marvelous Mazatlan in Mexico’s Sinaloa state is on sale through this Small Business Saturday, with $100 instant savings on all hotel and air packages with any supplier your travelers want. A former commercial seaport, this destination is unique in its influences, from German heritage apparent in the Bavarian-inspired banda music to colonial architecture on a 12-mile beach. This booking window goes all the way through 12/8/22, but there’s no reason to wait.
Blue Sky Tours’ Paradise Partner
If you have clients looking to book Hawaii this holiday season, now might be the time to check out our Hawaii-specific brand, Blue Sky Tours! BST has a program called Paradise Partner, and for the last one of the year, Hyatt Hotels ours … and where you’ll find extra bonus savings for Hawaii stays. On top of a 10% discount, we’re offering an additional $150 in promo code savings off any Hyatt property with or without scheduled air or on an Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flight. This is valid across the entire state, which includes Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island. This booking window ends 12/2/22, but again, the earlier it’s booked, the better the availability and the sooner customers can check something off their lengthy holiday list.
Early birds get the worm and early bookers get the discounts … up to 55% off, actually, for properties in the AMR™ Collection! Their EBB sale has been extended into 1/2/23, which means vacationers have all the way into the top of the new year to put a stay at one of these luxurious properties on their new year to-do list. This includes brand-new resorts that have been trending super hot, like Secrets Moxché Playa del Carmen and Secrets Moxché Impression Resort & Spa, Dreams Flora Resort & Spa, Secrets Impression Isla Mujeres, Breathless Cancun Soul Resort & Spa, Zoëtry Casa del Mar Los Cabos, Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort & Spa, Zoëtry Curacao Resort & Spa, Zoëtry Marigot Bay St. Lucia, and more.
Everyone wants more for their money these days. Lucky for your client, since they’re booking with an ALG Vacations® travel advisor, they can get it! For those not familiar, ALGV’s Exclusive Perks program is a collection of literally exactly that—automatic perks exclusive to travel advisors booking with our six tour operator brands, which includes Apple Vacations, Travel Impressions, Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations, Blue Sky Tours, and United Vacations.
They can include anything from nonstop airport transfers; complimentary spa treatments, tours, excursions; private dinners and/or classes; complimentary bottle(s) of wine or liquor; to fast-tracked immigration. Then there are the on-site discounts, too!
Best of all, it’s not usually a one-or-the-other deal, but an “all of the above” type of situation. They’re often stackable, and provide maximum value when you combine an Exclusive Perks-participating property with sales.
Finally, they’re easy to spot. They show up automatically in booking search results when they’re offered, or you can preview them all to keep an eye out for specific brands by bookmarking www.ALGVacations.com/ExclusivePerks.
Uplift Pay Monthly
It can be challenging to anybody to budget properly for everyday living, much less an expenditure like leisure travel. However, affordable monthly payments make it so much easier to do the things that make life worth living … like taking a break and traveling.
Make sure to tell your clients about Uplift Pay Monthly, a program that helps clients spread the cost of their trip over time without a hard credit check or exorbitant interest rates. This helpful FAQ document provides most of the nitty-gritty details, but what you’ll need to know in your elevator pitch is that they’ll get instant confirmation with no impact on their credit score, they can choose different payment plans to find the best payment amount and timeline for them, and that there are no hidden fees in the payments. Additionally, it’s all automated once they sign on, so the withdrawals happen on a pre-scheduled basis and will end whenever the terms dictate.
Catch up before Small Business Saturday on this year’s best tips on how to engage with potential customers!