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ASTA Membership

As your national trade association, we champion your success in every way possible. We advocate for the issues that affect your business with regulators and legislators and promote the value of working with a travel advisor to the world. Plus, we provide access to health insurance and many other benefits.

At ASTA, we stay on top of critical legislation and regulations at all levels of government and make it easy for you to help us advocate for our industry's priorities. For example, during the pandemic, we successfully worked to secure unemployment insurance benefits for independent contractors, ensured that travel agencies were included in the CARES Act and successfully advocated for sensible policies that helped reopen travel. With your help, our advocacy efforts also have headed off hundreds of millions of dollars of unwieldy taxes and regulations.

Equally important, we provide resources to keep you in the know so you can quickly adapt to changes and opportunities. ASTA members gain access to training, educational and certification programs and fam trips along with health insurance and the Member Advantage program, which provides negotiated savings on products and services. Plus, as an ASTA member, you’ll boost your credibility with new customers and suppliers and be eligible for consumer leads. 

ELEVATE YOUR CAREER

JOIN/RENEW

As the only professional trade association dedicated to the success of the travel agency industry, ASTA is laser-focused on supporting its members. We are known for our excellent educational opportunities and networking events and our effective advocacy for industry-friendly legislation and consumer awareness of the value of working with a travel advisor. Members also have access to fam trips, health insurance and consumer leads. Our members include small, mid-sized and large travel agencies and their travel advisors; independent and home-based advisors; and suppliers of travel and travel-related products and services.  

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MONEY-SAVING, BUSINESS-BUILDING

MEMBER BENEFITS

We at ASTA are always looking for ways to better serve our members. One of our most tangible benefits is access to money-saving deals on many of the products and services you use for your business. Plus, our growing consumer leads program can help you connect with potential new clients. 

Health Insurance

ASTA members, both independent contractors and travel agencies with W-2 employees in 38 states, now have access to health insurance. Our vendor also offers other types of coverage, including dental, vision, disability, life, accident and long-term care insurance as well as Medicare supplements. Due to state regulations, the insurance is not available in 12 states at this time. 

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MEMBER ADVANTAGE

Members can tap into discounted pricing on a variety of business-related goods and services from business insurance and office supplies to computers and branded merchandise via ASTA Member Advantage, an ASTA-affiliated company. Participating vendors must meet rigorous quality standards and pledge to offer ASTA members pricing that is as low or lower than that available elsewhere in the marketplace. 

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Consumer Leads

ASTA offers members access to consumer leads as well as a respected Verified Travel Advisor training and certification program for experienced travel advisors.

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GROW YOUR EXPERTISE AND BUSINESS

ASTA'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

Our in-person and online training and events are designed to help you thrive. Novices learn how to get started in the industry while experienced travel advisors can earn certification as an ASTA Verified Travel Advisor, which qualifies them for referrals and other benefits. Travel advisors also can take individual courses to stay current on travel issues, trends and specialties. Our fam trips and ASTA conferences are renowned for their value as networking and learning events and local chapters offer additional educational and networking opportunities. Plus, the ASTA Career Center provides job-hunting tips and helps match professionals with employers. Invest in yourself and take advantage of all ASTA has to offer!

 

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TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

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CAREER CENTER

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Training Center

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

ASTA ADVOCACY

New taxes. Onerous reporting requirements. Travel-inhibiting regulations. Our advocacy team is always on the lookout for legislative and regulatory threats that could negatively impact your business and your clients and empowers you to use your personal story and industry experience to effectively augment our advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to ASTA’s efforts, travel agencies have saved hundreds of millions of dollars (over $133 million in 2019 alone) in new taxes and regulatory costs. Plus, since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been helping members navigate the pandemic for themselves and their clients, bringing support to travel agencies and the first-ever unemployment benefits for independent contractors.

Sign up for our advocacy alerts, check out our advocacy toolkit and see how easy and rewarding it is to get involved. If you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

STAY INFORMED WITH

ASTA PUBLICATIONS, RESEARCH AND WEBINARS

Just as you are your clients’ number one advocate and most trusted source of information, ASTA should be yours. Enjoy Travel Advisor Magazine, filled with breakthrough ideas and industry news. Sign up for our daily newsletter, supplier alerts and other essential communications. Check out our research reports, white papers and webinars. And use our advocacy toolkit to speak out effectively on legislative and regulatory issues that affect your business.

BROWSE THROUGH OUR

PHOTO GALLERY

Photographers are always on hand to memorialize our events so perusing our photo gallery is a great way to get a sense of the excitement surrounding ASTA's annual conventions, Legislative Days and other programs. You'll find our downloadable images organized by event. Feel free to download them for your newsletters, website and social media. See all our photo galleries on Flickr.

  • ASTA Global Convention 2022
    San Francisco
  • ASTA Advocacy Dinner 2022
    Palace Hotel, San Francisco
  • Andrew McCarthy & ASTA Members 2022
    San Francisco
  • ASTA Travel Forecast 2022
    National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
  • ASTA Legislative Day 2022
    Washington, D.C.
  • ASTA River Cruise Expo 2022
    Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • ASTA Golf Masters 2022
    St. Andrews, Scotland
  • ASTA Global Convention 2021
    Chicago, IL
  • ASTA Showcase 2021
    Savannah, GA
  • ASTA Destination Expo 2021
    Dubrovnik, Croatia
WHY WE LOVE ASTA!

MEMBER TESTIMONIALS

Members often write to thank us when they are particularly excited about a particular benefit of membership, whether it's access to ASTA health insurance or heading off an onerous new tax or regulation. Here's some excerpts from the notes we've received.

ASTA's efforts in government advocacy are oftentimes the first time I hear about important issues and it is encouraging to know that we have support to help create stability in a constantly changing atmosphere.

Jason HollandTravel Agent

I salute ASTA for their integrity and dignity and uplifting of all agents. The organization gives me the tools and support that helps me be the best I can be at my job of making my clients dreams come true.

Camille AdamsIndependent Contractor

ASTA is simply the best, better than all the rest. 

Suzie SmithProject Manager

ELEVATE YOUR CAREER

JOIN/RENEW

As the only professional trade association dedicated to the success of the travel agency industry, ASTA is laser-focused on supporting its members. We are known for our excellent educational opportunities and networking events and our effective advocacy for industry-friendly legislation and consumer awareness of the value of working with a travel advisor. Members also have access to fam trips, health insurance and consumer leads. Our members include small, mid-sized and large travel agencies and their travel advisors; independent and home-based advisors; and suppliers of travel and travel-related products and services.  

Join Now View all membership rates

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