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Group Travel Program: FAQs

Who is eligible to become a Grand Circle Group Leader?

Anyone who assembles a group of 8 or more paying travelers for a Grand Circle vacation.

Trip Type Compensation
Grand Circle Travel Land Tour 1 free trip* for 8 travelers; 9th person’s trip is free
Grand Circle Cruise Line River Ship
or Small Ship Cruise
1 free trip* for 10 travelers; 11th person’s trip is free

*Free trip is based upon average amount paid per person, including the tour price, extensions, and air add-ons; excludes taxes, port charges, Travel Protection Plan, Business Class upgrades, and Good Buy discounts. Free trip compensation requires a total group of eleven paying travelers, and will be distributed as a cash reimbursement prior to departure.

As a Group Leader, am I expected to 'help out' during the trip?

No. Once your trip begins, your Grand Circle Program Director will take care of you and your group every step of the way.

What happens if I can't get the minimum numbers of travelers needed to make a group?

Without at least 9 travelers on a Grand Circle Land Tour, and 11 travelers on a Grand Circle Cruise Line vacation, no group discount will be issued. You may, however be eligible to receive referral credit for a future Grand Circle trip through our Vacation Ambassador program.

Please note: Vacation Ambassador incentives cannot be combined with Group Leader incentives. For more information about our Referral program, call our Travel Counselors toll-free at 1-866-221-0814.

How do I get started?

Call our Group Sales Account Representatives toll-free at 1-800-597-2452, press 3. We'll be happy to help you become a Grand Circle Group Leader.

Download a Group Leader Kit

What is the best way to promote my trip?

You can write a letter to your prospective travelers, accompanied by a Grand Circle catalog that includes details of your trip. Or, refer your group to our website for more trip information. Additionally, we can provide promotional materials upon request. We’ll create personalized flyers and videos, unique to your group. As a Group Leader, this material can be sent to your friends and family, to help you provide them with information about your trip.

Why does the Group Leader pay a deposit?

Our reservation system keeps all of our travelers on an automated time-line. By providing us with a deposit, you, the Group Leader, will receive all the information that your group passengers receive along the way.

When do I receive credit for my FREE* trip?

Group Leader compensation is reimbursed to you through your Grand Circle account upon your departure.

*Free trip is based upon average amount paid per person, including the tour price, extensions, and air add-ons; excludes taxes, port charges, Travel Protection Plan, Business Class upgrades, and Good Buy discounts. Free trip compensation requires a total group of eleven paying travelers, and will be distributed as a cash reimbursement prior to departure.

Can my group members make their own reservations?

Yes, we recommend it! Your Group Sales Representative will provide you with a Group Number and Service Code after you become a Group Leader. Your group members need to provide this information when they make their reservation, to ensure that you are properly credited for all your hard work.

Will there be travelers other than my group members on our Grand Circle Vacation?

It depends on the size of your group. If you don't fill the entire trip, we will fill the remaining places with other Grand Circle travelers.

Want to learn more about becoming a Group Leader?

Or, call us at 1-800-597-2452 and press 3 for more details.

Call us to reserve your next vacation

1-800-221-2610