Seller of Travel Bonds

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What is a Seller of Travel Surety Bond?

Seller of Travel Bonds must be obtained by travel agents in order to guarantee that any funds they collect through travel bookings are properly transferred to the appropriate individuals or entities. These bonds exist to provide protection to consumers from fraud, misrepresentation, financial failure or any breach of contract by a bonded travel agent. Bond claims can arise in the event that funds are not sent by the seller of travel in accordance with state regulations.

Also known as “Travel Agency Bonds”, these bonds are required by many states in order to legally operate as a licensed seller of travel.

Questions about Seller of Travel Bonds

How much does a Seller of Travel Bond cost?

Bond quotes for seller of travel bonds are offered as a percentage of the total bond amount. They are paid for upfront on an annual basis, with an option to renew bond coverage each year. Due to the fact that these bonds are a form of financial guarantee, many bonding companies approach them more cautiously than other compliance bonds.

Applicants with industry experience and strong personal credit can be approved at standard market rates ranging between 1 to 3% of the bond amount.

For customers with no experience or bad credit, rates are usually a little higher to account for the risk. Fortunately, Lance Surety offers exclusive bad credit programs that allow us to offer very aggressive rates, which at times can be roughly half of what most other bond agencies are able to offer.

How do I get a Travel Agency Bond?

First, simply apply for one. You can receive a free quote in just minutes by applying on our 100% secure website application. Once you’ve been approved, you’ll just need to pay your bond premium and provide a signed copy of the surety’s indemnity agreement, which will be emailed to you with your quote. When the original bond is mailed to you, you’ll just need to sign it and then submit it to the state department requiring you to be bonded. It’s that simple!

Can I get a Seller of Travel Bond with bad credit?

With our agency, Yes! While our standard market rates are very low, our competitive advantage is being able to bond almost any travel agent, with very few exceptions. While bad credit rates are naturally higher than for those with stellar credit, Lance Surety has exclusive high risk programs that will help save you money.

To learn more about our about how we can save you money, view our section on Bad Credit Bond Programs.

How do travel agents avoid bond claims?

As a bonded seller of travel, you are responsible for correctly distributing any funds received in the process of booking vacation packages and other forms of travel. To avoid bond claims, take action to ensure booking funds are paid to the appropriate entities in a timely fashion. Additionally, you’re responsible for understanding state statutes and regulations governing the sale of travel, and must avoid misrepresentation or other fraudulent practices.

How can I lower my Seller of Travel Bond rate?

Seller of Travel Bonds are typically underwritten based solely on the personal credit of the owner. However, if you have bad credit, it may be possible for you to help lower your bond rate by providing additional information. One method would be to demonstrate your industry experience by submitting a professional resume. Another would be to demonstrate financial strength and liquidity by providing personal and business financial statements, or proof of cash on hand.

What states require travel agents to get bonded?

Seller of Travel Bonds are not currently required by all 50 states. The most common travel agency bond applications we see are for California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia and Washington State. The federal Airline Reporting Commission (ARC) also has a bond requirement for travel agents, however ARC Bonds have a much higher loss ratio and are underwritten more strictly than traditional seller of travel bonds.

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We offer all types of surety bonds in all 50 states. If you can't find your bond in the table below, select "General business license or permit bond (not listed otherwise)" and start your application.
California Seller of Travel Surety Bond Dept. of Justice, Seller of Travel Program Apply Now
California Seller of Travel Discount Programs Bond Secretary Of State Apply Now
Florida Seller of Travel Agriculture and Consumer Service State of Florida Apply Now
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Iowa TRAVEL AGENCY BOND FORM Secretary of State Apply Now
Virginia Travel Club VA Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Svcs, Office Apply Now
Washington Seller of Travel Surety Washington Department of Licensing Apply Now

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Lance Surety Bonds
Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. is a Pennsylvania-based surety bond agency that offers bonding at competitive rates in all 50 states. Established in 2010, our company has grown to become one of the top online bond producers in the country. Working exclusively with A-rated and T-listed bonding companies gives us the confidence to offer a 100% money-back guarantee. read more

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