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.
Grand Circle Land Tour
1 free trip* for 8 paying travelers; the 9th person's trip is free
Grand Circle Cruise Line
Small Ship Cruise Tour
or River Cruise
1 free trip* for 10 paying travelers; the 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, Good Buy discounts, and applied Vacation Ambassador credits.
As a Group Leader, am I expected to 'help out' during the trip?
No. Once your adventure 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 and select option #3. We'll be happy to help you become a Grand Circle Group Leader.
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 members to our website for more trip information. Additionally, we can provide promotional materials upon request.
Why does the Group Leader pay a deposit?
Our reservation system keeps all of our travelers on an automated timeline. By providing us with a deposit, you, the Group Leader, will receive 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 prior to your departure.
*Group Leader travel credits are based on the average net amount paid by group passengers excluding all taxes, port charges, Travel Protection Plan, Business Class upgrades, Good Buy discounts, and applied Vacation Ambassador credits. Frequent Travel Credits cannot be earned by travelers who received a free trip on their reservation.
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.
Can I receive cash in lieu of a free trip?
YES—ask your Group Sales Account Representative for more details.