Are you interested in the travel niche? Do you have a complete website dedicated to tourism? A travel blog? Do you post about your own travels on your blog? If you answered yes to one of these questions, read on. You’re going to be blown away by the following information.
When I hear about the travel industry, some dollar signs appear in my eyes: the amount of money to be made is ridiculously high. I mean, think about it for a second… Nowadays, everybody travels at least once a year to go on holidays. With the cost of plane tickets at an all-time low, more people are getting access to this mode of transportation every single day. And here’s how you can capitalize on it.
While working on a brand new travel blog for a client, I found a site that is 100% dedicated to helping you make money in the travel industry: TravelPayouts.
What is TravelPayouts?
TravelPayouts is a travel affiliate toolkit built around a powerful travel search engine.
More specifically, they have 3 different travel-related search engines that you can promote:
- Aviasales: This first historical product of TravelPayouts is the biggest flight search engine in Eastern Europe. It gives visitors the ability to compare flights from 728 airlies worldwide.
- JetRadar: Based on the success of Aviasales, TravelPayouts developed a second product to tap into the worldwide travel market. This internationalized version of Aviasales supports a decent number of languages and several currencies.
- Hotellook: After developping their flight search engines, they grew into the hotel search engine business. The website is available in both Russian and English and it allows you to search through over 250,000 hotels in 205 countries.
How do you make money from TravelPayouts?
Travelpayouts offers 4 different monetization opportunities to bloggers:
1. Direct Link
The easiest way to make money from TravelPayouts is to simply post a link to their search engine using either a text link or one of the high quality banners they’re providing in the affiliate area.
Let’s say you’re writing a blog post about your latest vacation in Ibiza. You can easily insert a link to a related page on TravelPayouts so people can book their flight and hotel from them.
2. Search Forms
The second monetization option is to include a travel search form on your own website. TravelPayouts offers some pre-made search forms that you can easily copy-paste to your blog. Whenever someone uses that search form and purchases a plane ticket or books an hotel, you’ll receive credit for the sale.
3. Mobile App
With the staggering growth of mobile traffic, you should seriously consider making money from this travel search mobile applications. Simply link to TravelPayouts’ mobile apps. After your visitors install the application, you’ll earn money from the reservations they make for a full year. (No more worrying about affiliate cookie length or getting your cookie overwritten by a competitor).
4. Second Tier Affiliates
Last but not least, thanks to a 2-tier affiliate program, you can make money by referring other travel bloggers and website owners to TravelPayouts. Their 2-tier affiliate program allows you to earn 5% of the TravelPayouts income generated by your sub-affiliates.
Why promoting TravelPayouts?
A. Easiest signup process ever
First of all, let’s talk about the signup process. It took me literally 5 seconds to create an account with TravelPayouts. I just input my email address and a password. I got redirected instantly to the membr area, and received the confirmation email after 1 second. I clicked on the activation link included in the email, and voila! Ready to make money.
B. Beautiful interface
Once you’re signed in, the affiliate interface is clean and simple. You can select your currency from a list of 15 (default is US dollar) and language (English or Russian).
The dashboard displays some general statistics so you can quickly compare your earnings today, yesterday, this month and last month.
What I really like about TravelPayouts is the amount of stats that you get access to. With the click of a button, you can see your Visitors, Searches, Clicks, Bookings, Earnings, Pending Profits, Referrals, CTR, CPC, CPS and CPU. You can even see the destinations and dates of each submitted form!
C. High quality promotional tools
I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the promotional tools provided by TravelPayouts. It took me literally 10 seconds to create a beautiful search form that fits perfectly with the travel blog color scheme. Resizing the form to the perfect width is done using a drag-and-drop tool, and you can select between 7 preset color schemes or even create your own custom one.
To make things even easier for you, TravelPayouts offer a WordPress plugin that will allow you to insert search forms directly on your website.
Aside from their beautiful search forms, you can also use one of their high-quality banners, or even use text links.
As if it wasn’t enough already, you also get access to travel maps that display low prices in the area, a white label tool to use your own branding during the search process, and search/data API and SDK for mobile apps that enable you to create your own search with the functionality that you need.
D. Clean and simple websites
One thing that I really don’t like on travel booking sites is how cluttered their homepage is. There is so much information competing to get your attention that you can easily feel overwhelmed.
With simplicity and clarity in mind, the team behind TravelPayouts have developed beautiful websites that allows visitors to do exactly what they’re here for: making bookings.
Take a look at these 2 sites and you’ll see what I mean:
I have installed a form on my site. Now what?
TravelPayouts puts the emphasis on paying good commissions to their affiliates. They realize that it’s their affiliates that are growing their business. As a result, they are claiming that on average, affiliates will earn $9 for each airline ticket sold, and $15 for each hotel reservation.
With their great attention to details, TravelPayouts have simplified the payment system as much as possible. Once you start making some commissions, you’ll be able to claim your earnings when you hit the $50 threshold. Also keep in mind that there are many different ways to get paid: Paypal, ePayments, Yandex.Money and Webmoney.
Now it’s your turn!
With $2,021,680.87 in paid commissions to date, you know that TravelPayouts is the real deal. You can also check the earnings of the top 10 affiliates on their home page. How would you like to put that money in your pocket?
PS: If you’re still on the fence about joining TravelPayouts, you can create your account completely for free in less than 5 seconds and see for yourself inside the member area. Once inside, navigate to the
Tools » Search Forms. You’ll thank me later.
PPS: I’ve reached out to TravelPayouts team to get a special deal for Dukeo’s visitors, and they agreed. By using the promo code “DUKEOPROMO” on signup, you’ll receive 90% of the sales instead of the usual 70% for every other affiliate. This means that on average, you’ll be able to make $11.60 (instead of $9) for each airline ticket sold, and $19.30 (instead of $15) for each hotel reservation.