Australia’s property rental market has never been crazier, with record prices and many open homes logging 200 applicants. But what if we told you we’d found a place you can call Home for $165 a month? Not just that, but the landlord’s great, you’re free to decorate as you please, and you get the first six months rent-free!
A place to call Home for $165 a month and six months free? Are we crazy? No (and also no, it’s not a tent pitched in the Karryon backyard.)
While we’ve been pinning Moroccan deserts, Antarctica cruises, and historic French bistros to our vision boards, the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) Independent have been creating a purpose-built hub for independent agents. Called Home, this single sign-on platform allows you to efficiently run your business, leaving you with more time to enjoy your actual home life and that formerly elusive work-life balance.
For Rent: A Newly Renovated Home
Where our last miserly landlord took offence to installing (legally-required) smoke alarms, FCTG has been on a renovating mission. With more renovation ideas than the whole Block series combined, FCTG spent a cool $32 million on their product platform, HELiO. Now this is the kind of landlord we can get behind.
Accessible directly from Home, HELiO is your one-stop-shop to access 500+ airlines, 1.1 million hotels and vacations homes, as well as a staggering number of cruises, activities, tours, and rental car services. Thanks to their Home reno, when you’re searching in HELiO, you’re automatically presented with the lowest rate, highest commission available in the system, and your returns are clearly laid out.
Your Home, Your Way
Have you ever had a landlord tell you can’t put picture hooks on the wall? Or that painting that hideous florid 70s wallpaper is absolutely out of the question? Eugh. It’s the worst to not feel at home at home!
When you sign up as an independent mobile agent, you get to run your business your way. Choose whether to link your name to Flight Centre Independent, Travel Partners or the invite-only Travel Associates at Home.
Whatever way you choose to present your business, you have the backing of Australia’s largest travel agency group behind the scenes. This means access to their ginormous product range, stellar global fares, and all the tools you need to smash your business goals. And it’s all accessible in Home from your home (or wherever you run your business).
The Landlord You’ve Always Wanted
The good thing about renting is that you get to call your landlord when something happens. It’s not your job to find someone to fix a leaky roof, and you definitely don’t have to become an expert in plumbing when the pipes burst.
With Home, every member has access to dedicated support with travel experts across ticketing, product, marketing, finance, and operations. Support and training from the Home specialists mean you get to run your business without getting tied up in tedious chores or excessive admin.
Help Getting Rid of Unwelcome Guests
We’re not talking about your cousin Jack who ‘popped by’ for the Queen’s birthday weekend and hasn’t gone home yet. FCTG can help you with that pesky, very unwelcome COVID guest. Not physically keeping COVID out, sadly, but they can assist with all the continuous travel updates that are as unwelcome as Jack’s jocks on your bathroom floor.
FCTG have a dedicated team that keep you up-to-date with real-time intel about global COVID restrictions. Got a client keen to see fam in New York? Or an itchy-foot traveller who wants to go to Indonesia? Put in their departure point, destination, passport-type, and vaccination status in Home, and you’ll receive the low-down on what’s what with their travel plans (including booking PCR tests).
On Home’s dedicated COVID hub landing page, you have access to advice, news, and self-help tools for simple travel plans. This is a lifeline as 2022 bookings surge.
Rent in Australia has been on a rocket ship to the moon for a while now, and it’s gotten ridiculous lately. Check out what $160 will get you in Sydney (spoiler alert, it’s a balcony space)!
Well, in this Home, you have access to everything (not just the balcony), and it’s all for a steal for only $5 more than that cosy (pokey) room (balcony)! Plus, you’ll net 70% commission and competitive returns as a Flight Centre Independent and Travel Associates at Home agent, and a sweet 80% under the Travel Partners brand.
Unlike that swanky apartment you loved that had 200 interested parties, there’s plenty of room for everyone in your new home.
Whether you are a new or established travel entrepreneur, discover more about starting (or growing) your independent travel business here. Complete the form below, or email [email protected] and a member of the team will get in touch for the best Home inspection you’ll ever have.
Get Six Months Rent Free
Typically, landlords like giving free rent as much as dolphins like walking. Good job we’ve established that FCTG isn’t like every other landlord. That’s why, if you sign up before the 31st March 2022, you’ll get six months rent-free! Yup, enjoy Home – and all its mod-cons – for six months before you pay a cent.
We’re ready to move in, how about you?
Psst: do you have an independently owned travel agency? Stay tuned for a sweet deal coming your way.
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