The top travel affiliate programs for travel bloggers and websites include travel agency affiliates and travel affiliate networks, as well as hotel affiliate sites, travel gear companies and airlines.
Best Travel Affiliate Programs 2018
Online travel agency affiliate programs like Expedia, Tripadvisor and Viator can be a good way to make some income, especially if you create destination guides. Then your visitors can use your links to book everything from hotels, activities, flights and rental cars through one click.
Here are some of the best vacation affiliate programs for travel writers, vloggers and content creators.
Online Travel Agency Affiliate Programs
TripAdvisor and Expedia are two of the largest online travel agencies. Both affiliate programs are managed through CJ (also known as Commission Junction).
There are several Expedia affiliate programs to choose from once you sign up through CJ. Promote flights, hotels or even cruises. The highest commission percentages are usually for the package deals or Expedia’s preferred products.
TripAdvisor currently pays 50% of their gross revenue for each click out. This means if a visitor clicks your affiliate link then clicks a link on the TripAdvisor site to one of their partners you get a small commission.
Hotel Affiliate Programs
Tours and Activities Affiliate Programs
Some of the most popular travel affiliate programs with bloggers are tours and activities. Companies like Get Your Guide, Viator, and Tiqets offer a variety of tours which you can offer to your readers with text links and widgets.
Choose which vendor you’d like to work with depending on the region your website covers. At this time Viator has the most tour options in the United States while Get Your Guide has a lot of offerings in Europe. If you cover both areas you could share both programs.
You can sign up for Viator through Shareasale.
Adventure Travel Affiliate Programs
If you cover adventure travel you might want to share general information about plane tickets and hotels as well as other resources like hiking boots, gear for climbing or lightweight backpacks. Look into affiliate programs with REI and other outdoorsy companies on AvantLink affiliate network.
Transportation Affiliate Programs: Planes, Trains, Automobiles
High paying affiliate programs include big ticket items like flights and cruises. Tradedoubler is the affiliate network for Skyscanner and Trainline, while CJ covers Expedia. If you have a certain airline you’d like to promote check their website to see if they have an affiliate program. Some of them, like KLM and British Airways are managed through Performance Horizon, which is not an affiliate network but manages these programs for other companies.
Travel Gear Affiliate Programs
Do you want to share a review of your favorite suitcase or the best local guidebook? Then Amazon’s affiliate network is probably the best choice for you. Amazon pays a small percentage of each sale you generate on the site. The commission amounts are usually quite small so it helps to have good traffic to make this affiliate program really profitable.
Best travel insurance affiliate program I know of is World Nomads.
Do you want to learn how to monetize your travel blog or website and get more page views? Then check out Nomadic Matt’s excellent Superstar Blogging courses.
I hope this list of the best travel affiliate programs online helps you to monetize your travel website and add value to your readers.
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