About our team at Wishing On A Star Travel:
Wishing On A Star Travel is a home based agency headquartered in NE Ohio that specializes in all things Disney: Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii and Adventures by Disney. We work directly with the Walt Disney Travel Company for the best deals and stay up to date on the everyday travel industry changes. With Wishing On A Star Travel, you will have access to a support team that fully understands the Disney products. Our Independent Contractors are like family and our team will always be there to help answer any questions or concerns you may have about the industry. Wishing On A Star Travel is also a full service agency with access to all-inclusive resorts, all major cruise lines and international travel.
Do you have what it takes to be on our team?
~ Are you passionate about Disney Travel? Are you the go-to person with your family and friends for all the latest Disney news? Do you understand Disney "logisitics" such as reserving dining reservations, Genie+, creating a park itinerary, understand different modes of Disney transporation and how to get from "point A to point B"?
~ Have you been on a minimum of 2 Disney vacations in the past 5 years? A "Disney vacation" means any combination of their products (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii and/or Adventures by Disney).
~ Are you a professional, business minded, self-motivated person who will strive to provide personal, first class service to each of your clients just as you would expect for your own family vacation?
~ Do you have access to a home office with a computer, high speed internet and a smart phone?
~ Do you have the ability to devote at least 15+ hours a week to growing your travel business?
~ Are you active on social media outlets?
~ Do you have the ablility to attract a clientele? In this position, we need you to book more than just for your family and/or friends.
~ Independent Contractor must have the desire to attend agency webinars, trainings, agency conference events and will make this position a high priority. Select training events and destination based training are at the expense of the Independent Contractor and are highly encouraged to help grow your business.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be a perfect fit for Wishing On A Star Travel! We are looking for experienced vacation planners, who are interested in helping our clients create magical vacations and memories.
Do your homework and be careful!
There are many companies out there that promise seemingly great opportunities and compensation to potential Independent Contractors. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are a few tips on what to look for in an agency:
*Is the agency CLIA and/or IATAN Certified? Make sure first and foremost that the agency you are considering is in good standing with these one of these two companies.
*Does the agency offer coverage to you under their “Errors and Omissions” Insurance?
*Does the company have a website?
*If so, are they registered in any the states that require a Seller of Travel? If the agency does not carry these registrations, it is a red flag that they may not be experienced enough to know they need to register and offer certain consumer protections required by law for you and your clients.
*How long has the agency been in business?
*Are they Incorporated or LLC and registered in their home state? Pick an agency that has invested the time and resources in building the foundation of their company correctly.
*Get to know the agency owner. Ask current and past agents what their experience was like working with the agency and owner.
*Does the agency have a direct phone number and physical address where they can be reached? While agencies may have a PO Box for mailing purposes and a 1-800 number for clients, the agency should also be able to provide you with a physical address of headquarter operations as well as a direct number to the agency owner.
*If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
How do I become an Independent Contractor for Wishing On A Star Travel? Fill in and submit the application below. If upon review of your application and Disney travel/general travel experience you seem to fit the criteria of what we look for at Wishing On A Star Travel, we’ll email you an additional questionnaire and upon successful completion, call to set up a phone interview.
I don't have a strong background in Disney, but I do have extensive travels with cruises and all-inclusive resorts. May I still apply? Yes, absolutely! While we are a Disney focused agency, we also work very closely with all major cruise lines and various all-inclusive options. We are always looking to have agents in those select markets as well. If this is your area of expertise, we welcome you to apply to be considered for our team.
What Organizations and Memberships does Wishing On A Star Travel hold?
*We have been designated as a Gold-Level Authorized Disney Vacation Planner by The Walt Disney Travel Company
*We have been designated as a Silver-Level U-Preferred Agency with Universal Studios Orlando
*We are a Sandals Preferred Agency with Sandals/Beaches Resorts
*We are a Sapphire Elite Agency with Apple Leisure Group
*We are an Accredited Travel Agency with CLIA
*Verified Seller of Travel registration in State of Florida and State of Washington. At this time, we do not market or sell to any residence of the State of California or the State of Hawaii due to Seller of Travel laws.
*Licensed to sell travel insurance by the State of Ohio
*Business is registered as an LLC in the State of Ohio
How do I get paid? This is a commission based position. Commission will be based on your overall travel background and sales experience. We do work off a commission scale, so the more sales you have, the higher your commission can go. Payments are made after your clients travel and are paid to you on at least a monthly basis.
Is there a fee to work for your agency? Yes, we do charge a very minimal fee each year, which covers the following: your agency email address, coverage on our Errors & Ommissions insurance, training materials provided by the agency, advertising on our agency website and more. Fee is prorated based upon hire date and renews in full each January 1. This follows IRS and Department of Labor rules and regulations around Independent Contractors paying for their use of assets within a business they are contracted with.
You will also be required to pay a $50 fee each calendar year to the State of Florida as part of the Independent Contractor requirements for the Seller of Travel certificate we carry in that state. This is paid directly to the State of Florida, along with your application (which we will provide you with from the Florida website). This is a requirement of working for this agency.
Do I have access to the agency owner and other team members? Yes! We have a private group page where all agents can interact, ask questions, take part in training and more, so they are not alone in the process. It's your "virtual office". We are a team and are here each step of the way to help you build a successful business!
Will I be required to recruit agents to be on my team? Absolutely not. We have not nor will we ever operate as an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) scheme. Travel MLM's are not respected or welcome in this industry and we will never require you to recruit agents to be under you.
What type of training will I receive if I am brought on to the agency as an Independent Contractor? You will be enrolled in our 8 week virtual training academy where you will receive instruction in a group setting with all other new agents. Training will take place one time per week and be delivered via printed materials and a live webinar in which your participation will be necessary. Upon successful completion of our training academy, you will then be moved into our main agency group and be ready to launch your business and begin to work with clients.
Application to Become an Independent Contractor with Wishing On A Star Travel: Please do not submit the application if you are not comfortable with or have not met the terms above. Having sales experience is a plus but we are ultimately looking for people who are able to give personal, caring service to our clients and who truly understand the Disney product line. Please complete all information. Applications with missing information will not be considered. All information is kept strictly confidential.