The affiliate market has been increasing at an astonishing rate. That was predictable. With almost every business moving on the net, people are sure to catch up on opportunities. As we are on the topic, the travel industry has shown signs of commendable improvement over the years, but unfortunately being a travel blogger is still hard.
To all those who are travel bloggers, you have my utmost respect. Unlike other genres finding affiliates to support your sites can be hard. Especially when you’re trying for relatable content. Some people try for each and everything links they can add to their sites whether they talk of it or not (desperate/noobs). In most cases, it blows out of proportions and doesn’t end well.
However, sites dedicated to travel have become more and more popular. Considering that most of them are funded solely through affiliate marketing, we’ll help you out.
Here are some affiliate programs for you to look through. It’s not that hard to find, see.
It is highly likely that you’ve booked hotels or at least looked for them on Booking.com when you are planning your travels. It is one of the largest hotel website industry. They proudly offer over 1 million places to stay worldwide.
Booking.com has an easy-to-use affiliate program, more than 12 000 websites use, got to give them credit for it. The affiliate program is open for everyone to use, blog or website. They have an official Word Press plugin and even banner and interactive search box options.
Among the sites related to traveling, it can be said without a hint of hesitation that TripAdvisor tops the list. It also gets the majority of the network traffic related to traveling. When someone is planning a trip, they usually check out TripAdvisor for reviews, recommendations, and bookings. They offer Pay-per-lead programs for vacation rentals and also “commerce clicks” that give you 50% commissions.
TripAdvisor’s affiliate programs are run through the mighty CJ Affiliate. So, for people already working with CJ, TripAdvisor just got easy as pie.
Agoda boasts 900 000+ places to stay, all over the world. This means that you have an overflowing no. of options to choose from. They offer hotels, private rentals and more. They are open to all individuals and groups who manage a website or a blog. You can also join them from ShareASale.
Agoda offers a search box, text links and also data feeds. It follows a tier-based commission structure. 1-50 referrals give you 35% commission, over 1000 per months and you jump to 60%. The set-up is cleverly made so that even not-techie guys can utilize it. Another plus point is that its payout mode is a direct bank transfer.
From CJ Affiliates we give you the top performer in the travel industry, VRBO.com. One of the leading marketplaces for vacation rentals in the world. VRBO charges 8% booking fee per listing or an annual fee of $399 for unlimited listings. With that you get 20% commissions on annual subscriptions, making your commission $80 per referral. Not that bad eh!
Just like CJ Affiliates, ShareASale is a vast network. You can find top affiliates programs in any niche with ease. Many popular airlines, services, and hotels, e.g. Qatar Airways, Agoda, The Lalit Hotel, Rui Hotel, etc. are available via ShareASale.
It must be noted that if you’ve never used it before, going through the site can be confusing in the start. But it pays in direct bank transfers. And it is a lot easier to reach your minimum payout.
6. Cruise Direct
Although air travel is the fastest means of transportation. However, people also like to cruise just for the experience. If that’s what you’re looking for Cruise Direct is your best option. Offering cruises all over the world, you don’t have to worry about your options narrowing.
Cruise Direct has a 45-day cookie window. That means even if someone follows your link today but books their cruise a month later, you still get a commission. But they offer only 3% commission, isn’t that too little? No, fairly good. Cruises cost $1000+ per person, think if a family of three, you get at least $90. Banners, links and search boxes all offered.
7. Thompson Holidays
If you like to travel and live in the UK, Thompson holidays will be nothing new. The largest supplier of package holidays in the whole of UK. It has become one of the most visited websites there. They offer at least 2% commission on all packages and beach holidays, rounding your earnings to $45/booking. On hotels, cruises, and flights the percentage is raised. The cookie window is 14-day, pretty decent.
Priceline gives you complex travel Comprehensive travel comparison website offering flights, hotel rooms, cruises, car rentals and lots more. It gets close to 3 million organic search visits in one month. They’re trusted alright. And with the comparison, you can find good and bands in many deals in one place.
Priceline.com gives you 3% commission on pretty much everything. And have a large cookie duration of 30-days.
9. G Adventures
The reigning world leader when it comes to adventure traveling. Their average orders are $2900. They range from $500 all the way to $12 000. On this, they give you 5% commission. On top of that, they have a ridiculous 90-day cookie window.
10. Amazon Associates
How can we call it complete without including Amazon Associates? It has become the top destination for online buying. Reputation? Do you even need to ask?
You will earn money whenever a referred user purchases any product from Amazon. This means that it doesn’t have to specify the product you referred. Plus, setting up and getting started is easy, lots of educational material. Commission increases as you start referring to more users.
If your first experience doesn’t go well, don’t be disheartened. Affiliate marketing is a process of loss and experience leading to success. If someone hits the lottery on the first try, you can’t say it was a given.
The travel industry is predicted to grow more and more over the years. So, get polished and start with your affiliate marketing.