Departures Travel Agent Course

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Departures Travel's Online Travel Agent Course is a digital course for aspiring home-based or agency travel agents created by travel expert, Claire Newell.

Claire and her team of travel professionals have created this extensive course to perfectly fit into your unique lifestyle. With 100% of the content provided online, you are able to learn whenever works for you and study at your own pace.

The course covers all aspects of air travel, ground transportation, cruising and land accommodations. You will also learn how to sell the perfect trip, attract new clients, receive top commissions and market a home-based business.

Course Curriculum

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Your Instructor

Claire Newell
Claire Newell

Claire Newell is a travel expert, author, travel consultant on Global News as well as the founder and president of Travel Best Bets for over 25 years.

To learn more about Claire visit her website here!

"When the opportunity came up to take the Travel Best Bets Academy online I jumped at the chance. I had always seen Claire Newell advertising on Global and had admired her both professionally and personally. This course far exceeded my expectations. 
The section on knowing your clients and how to decipher different travel personalities was thought-provoking to me as I was able to identify myself and others under these types.
The segments on airfares, how to read the coding on tickets, and different modes of transportation were very detailed and easy to understand. I learned far more than I thought I would. The chapter on social media, branding, marketing and specialization were particularly helpful to me as they really gave me somethings to think about when setting up my own home based agency."

"I had the pleasure of working through Travel Best Bets Academy before it came out. It is safe to say that I learned a ton of valuable information that will help me plan future travel for both myself as well as potential clients. The Academy was easy to navigate and is well written. It kept me engaged and wanting to learn more with every new chapter. Fantastic!!"

"I am so thankful to Travel Best Bets for creating such a detailed and practical course! I have always loved planning trips for myself and others but never knew how to go about making it a career. I loved that I could access everything I needed right from the course website and never had to go looking for anything. Highly recommend for anyone in search of a career change and a side project."

“I knew I needed to change careers and I have always loved planning vacations for myself, family and friends. I never knew anything about becoming a travel agent. Thanks to Claire Newell, I have learned the ins and outs of planning dream vacations - all through the Travel Best Bets Academy. The TBB Academy is easy to understand and goes over important small details, ensuring that you have the necessary information to plan the trip that best suits your client. The greatest perk about this amazing training program is that is is completely online. You can learn it all when you have those pockets of time available, or you can full-on immerse yourself. You choose!”
- Joline

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us within the first 30 days.
Do I need any previous travel industry experience to register for this course?
Absolutely not! Our program is for everyone, we designed it specifically for new-comers to the industry. However, if you have some experience and are looking to propel your career, you will still find plenty of valuable information across a wide range of travel topics.
Do I need any specific computer programs or softwares to complete the course?
All you need is an internet connection on any device (computer, tablet and mobile). Actually that's not true, you don't even need an internet connection after you enroll, as you can download all of the content through the app to access offline. However to download the app you will need an iOS (Apple) device.
Will I be a certified Travel Agent after this course?
While there is no official certification to be a travel agent, after this course you will be both knowledgable and confident enough to pursue your career in travel. With the backing of Travel Best Bets’ worldwide reputation, you should have no problem securing employment or succeeding as a home-based agent. *Note that Ontario agents will need to complete the TICO exam afterwards to legally sell travel in Ontario.
Do you offer payment plans?
Of course! You can split up your payments to spread out the cost of this course over 4 months. You can select this option at checkout. If you would like to discuss other possibilities, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!


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