Following Funway’s recent announcement detailing its plan to focus 100% on the trade from 2017, the operator has introduced its new agent initiative, The 500 Club, which recognises and rewards travel agents for their support.

Commenting on the recently launched club Amanda Darrington, the company's sales director, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with American Airlines and British Airways on this joint elite scheme for our most valued travel agents. Everyone loves recognition and acknowledgement and this is the ethos of The Club 500. We recognize the importance of rewarding agents for their loyalty, especially those who have contributed to outstanding sales and customer service achievements.”

Membership benefits are varied and include enhanced commission, joint marketing opportunities, fam trip places, exclusive brochure previews and a dedicated priority line telephone number, and the programme offers three participation levels - 'Club Partners’ rewarding agents who deliver between £50k and £99k of sales per year; ‘Select Partners’ (sales between £100k and £249k per year) which benefit from the addition of invitations to join the company's overseas summit and conference; and ‘Premium Partners’ level (sales between £250k and £500k per year), which entitles members to all of the above, as well as the additional benefits of investment in the travel agent's agency and store design.

Agents who work closely with the operator will be invited to join the new club, but anyone can request to sign up.

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