20 Best High-Paying Affiliate Programs For Travel Bloggers

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One of the great ways to earn money from a travel blog is from affiliate marketing.

In this post, I go over 20 of best affiliate programs for travel bloggers you can join to supplement your blog income.

affiliate programs for travel bloggers

How Do Travel Bloggers Make Money?

Before getting into the affiliate programs, do make sure that you head on over to my post on the basics of affiliate marketing if you are new to monetizing your blog.

In that introductory post, I’ll tell you the 7 affiliate networks to sign up with as a total beginner so you can join the affiliate programs below.

Don’t forget to also check out these two awesome resources to learn the tips and tricks to maximize your affiliate income earnings.

How Travel Affiliate Programs Work

Want a quick rundown of how affiliate marketing can work for your travel blog?

Here are the general steps on how to get started with making money from the programs below.

1. Make sure you have an established blog that has some content already.  Don’t have a blog yet?  Follow my step-by-step tutorial on how you can start your own travel blog.

2. Sign up with affiliate networks.  Each affiliate network will house a variety of affiliate programs that you can apply to after you’ve signed up with the network.  You’ll have to pick and choose which ones to join depending on which brands they offer, their commission rates, and commission periods.

Here are a few good affiliate networks that I’ll be mentioning in the post below:

3. Apply to your affiliate programs.  Once you’ve been approved by the network, you can apply to each individual affiliate program.

Be sure to carefully read the fine print of any contracts that you have to sign.  You’ll then have to wait to get approved by the affiliate manager before you are a part of the program.

4. Ta-da, you’re approved!  You can now start adding the affiliate links to your blog posts and social media posts and get promoting.  Be sure to check out my post on my recommended affiliate marketing resources for beginners, which will teach you how to achieve higher conversion rates.

If you aren’t approved, take note of the reasons why you were rejected.  They will usually outline these in an email.  Sometimes you need to create more content or need more traffic.  You can always try again at a later time.

20 Best Travel Affiliate Programs

1. Booking.com

Commission: 4% per sale
Network: Awin

2. TripAdvisor

Commission: 50% and up per sale
Network: Awin

3. Expedia

Commission: Up to 6% per sale
Network: Skimlinks

4. Kayak

Commission: 50% per sale
Network: Direct

5. Hotels.com

Commission: Up to 4% per sale
Network: CJ

6. TravelZoo

Commission: 4% per sale
Network: Awin

7. Travelocity

Commission: 2% to 4% per sale
Network: CJ

8. Vrbo

Commission: 2% per booking + $20 new owner listings
Network: Direct

9. ZipCar

Commission: $10 per sale
Network: CJ

10. Avis

Commission: Up to 4% per sale
Network: Partnerize

11. Enterprise

Commission: 2.4% per sale
Network: Flexoffers

12. Budget

Commission: 4% per sale
Network: Partnerize

13. Cruise Direct

Commission: 3% per sale
Network: CJ

14. CityPass

Commission: 6% per sale
Network: CJ

15. Sandals Resorts

Commission: 4% per sale
Network: CJ

16. Ultimate travel Bundle

Commission: 40% per sale
Network: Ultimate Bundles

17. Homestay

Commission: 30% per sale
Network: Direct

18. Marriott

Commission: 3% and up per sale
Network: Partnerize

19. Priceline

Commission: 3% to 7% per sale
Network: Direct

20. Big Bus Tours

Commission: 12% per sale
Network: Viglink

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