How much is the travel agency commission

Bridging aid III for travel agencies and tour operators

Which costs are eligible?

Eligible are ongoing, contractually justified or officially determined and not unilaterally changeable fixed operational costs incurred in the funding period November 2020 to June 2021 according to the following list without input tax (except for small businesses), which also takes industry-specific features into account. Costs are not considered to be unilaterally changeable if the underlying contractual relationship cannot be terminated within the funding period or the scope of services reduced without endangering the continuation of business activities.

Commissions and margins

  • Commissions or service fees from travel agencies as well as calculated margins from tour operators for trips that have been canceled since March 18, 2020 and would have started in the funding period from November 2020 to June 2021 are eligible. This rule applies accordingly to trips that were booked after September 18, 2020, but should be started before November 1, 2020.
  • It is irrefutably presumed that due to a Corona-related cancellation of the trip, the commissions or service fees will be repaid or will not be paid or the calculated margins will not be realized.
  • Travel agencies are all brokers of travel services, regardless of whether the brokerage takes place in stationary sales or online sales. Insofar as travel agencies do not act as intermediaries but in their own name, they are deemed to be tour operators.
  • The calculated tour operator margin is to be reduced by the calculated travel agency commission if the trip was sold through a travel agency.
  • When submitting the application, the commissions / service fees or the calculated margins for canceled trips in the month in which the trip commences must be claimed.

The following are not included:

  • Bookings in the funding period (November 2020 - June 2021) if the reason for cancellation already existed at the time of booking and continues uninterrupted until the planned start of the trip. It is irrefutably assumed that the reason for cancellation was not uninterrupted if there are more than four weeks between the booking and the planned start of the trip. If there are four weeks or less between the booking and the planned start of the trip, it must be documented to the checking third party, stating the reason for cancellation, whether the reason for cancellation was present at the time of booking and whether it continued uninterrupted.
  • Option and rebooking.

Are also eligible for the travel industry, external downtime and preparation costs as well as a flat-rate personnel cost allowance for trips that should have taken place between March and December 2020. The travel industry includes tour operators, travel agencies, incoming companies and IT and other service providers with a focus on tourism.

Failure and preparation costs

Only downtime and preparation costs may be applied for months in which a drop in sales of at least 30% compared to the same month in 2019 was realized.

External downtime and preparation costs are, in particular, payments made and not reimbursed to contractual partners of the applicant outside the company for the preparation and implementation of trips that were not carried out or for cancellation. The external downtime and preparation costs also include payments to service providers for firmly purchased contingents. If the service was purchased in a foreign currency, any currency gains or losses should also be taken into account (difference between payment and reimbursement due to exchange rate fluctuations).

When submitting the application, the downtime and preparation costs can be freely distributed between the months of November 2020 to June 2021, for which the company is entitled to apply. The reimbursement of these sums divided up in this way - as with the other fixed costs in this month - is based on the respective drop in sales in the corresponding funding month (November 2020 to June 2021). Applicants may choose the most favorable allocation for them. This applies accordingly to commissions / service fees or calculated margins for trips that were booked after September 18, 2020 but should be started before November 1, 2020.

Similar benefits from bridging aid I and II (i.e. for the months June to December), payments from November and December aid, short-time working allowance and insurance benefits are offset for the respective month. For trips that should be started in the funding months (November 2020 - June 2021) of this FAQ, the following applies: For the same trip, only either external failure and preparation costs or commission / service fee or calculated margins within the scope of bridging aid III may be claimed.

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