Company Details

  • Founded
    2013
  • Host Type
    Host Only
  • Currently Accepting
    Beginner Agents, Experienced Agents
  • Accepts Agents in
    USA
  • # of Contractors
    90
  • Annual Sales
    $35 million
  • GDS
    Sabre
  • Consortia
  • Accreditations
    IATA
  • Members of
    ASTA
  • Seller of Travel
    Florida
  • E&O Insurance Included
  • Focuses
    Adventure, Cruise, Disney, Groups, Leisure, Luxury, Honeymoon/DWs, FITs

Program Details

  • Ticketing Service for non-GDS Agents
  • Charge for Ticketing
  • Lead Program
  • Leads Belong to
    Host Agency
  • Charge for Leads
  • Education Program
    IC Education, In-person, On-demand
  • Allows Sub-agents

Pricing & Commission

  • Start Up Fee
    $500
  • Location requirement
    Storefront, Home-based
  • Annual Fee
    $100
  • Commission Split Range
    70% to 100%
  • Frequency of Commission Payments
    Monthly
  • Method of Payment
    Direct Deposit

Technology & Tools

  • Marketing Programs
    Direct Mail, Website Program, Consumer Magazine, E-mail Marketing, Social Media Tools
  • Sample Website
  • Leisure Tools
    Air Booking Tool, Cruise Booking Tool, Hotel Booking Tool
  • Corporate Tools
  • CRM

About Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge is an Austin, TX based luxury travel host agency established in 2013 by Virtuoso senior executive, Keith Waldon. Departure Lounge is open to agents of all experience levels and offers two compensation options: 1) a tiered commission-split program paying advisors 70-90% and 2) a $550 monthly flat fee program that pays 100% commission/fees. Departure Lounge is a Virtuoso-member agency with both innovative storefront locations in Austin and San Antonio, as well as advisors across the United States.

The start up fee is $500, which includes a one-time "onboarding" training---a combination of live/webinar training. There's an additional $100 monthly admin fee for advisors who do NOT record at least $10,000 in monthly commissionable sales.

Founder Keith Waldon serves on the Travel+Leisure magazine Advisory Board, the magazine's A-List, Virtuoso's Hotel Committee, and other hotel brand and tourism board advisory boards. Waldon won the 2019 Most Innovative Advisor in North America for the Virtuoso network. Departure Lounge has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today and Travel+Leisure.

Departure Lounge is a non-GDS agency that utilizes a modern CRM platform and operating system, making the agency ideal for new travel advisors. The agency looks at luxury travel experience, skill sets, personal networks and kindness to determine fit with the agency.

Departure Lounge produces a daily social media video for its advisors to feature on Facebook and Instagram, and the video features a preferred hotel, ship or itinerary, along with the exclusive perks that clients receive when reserving through the advisor.

The Departure Lounge advisor and support team interact daily in a private Facebook group, which is highly valued by all.

The agency has a track record of helping advisors start from scratch and develop $1 million+ annual sales.