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The 5 Top-Performing Categories in the Travel Affiliate Marketing Niche
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Welcome to our Travelpayouts 101 series. In this video, we’ll cover the five top-performing categories in the travel affiliate niche. 

With 23 travel categories on Travelpayouts, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why one of the most common questions troubling publishers is: What is the most profitable travel affiliate category? If you’ve been wondering about this too, you’re about to find out. This tutorial will cover the five affiliate categories on Travelpayouts that are almost guaranteed to earn you money. Let’s jump in, shall we?

There are two simple rules to follow when choosing an affiliate category. 

  • First and foremost, pick a category that will resonate with your audience and provide a solution to their pain points. 
  • Second, make sure affiliate offers within the category align with your project and can be seamlessly integrated into your content.

To browse categories on Travelpayouts, go to the Programs tab in your dashboard.  Here, set the Categories filter to instantly bring up a list of programs within the category.

Now, let’s dive into the five top-performing travel categories. The first category is “Accommodation” and it is a perfect take-off point in affiliate marketing. Why? Because this category has a wide audience,  is always in high demand, and is suitable for any publisher, regardless of the niche.  On Travelpayouts, some of the top players in the category are, Agoda, Tripadvisor, and others.

Let’s move on to the next category: “Flights”. Today, air travel is incredibly popular and there is potential for a lot of affiliate income. So, if you haven’t joined any flight affiliate programs yet, you’re leaving money on the table. In this category, you can partner with a lot of major brands, including Aviasales, Kiwi, CheapOair, etc.

The third category that’s worth a serious look is “Car Rentals”. Renting a car gives people the freedom and flexibility of travel, so this category offers massive income potential. On Travelpayouts, there are plenty of car rental programs, including Rentalcars, AutoEurope, RVshare, among others.

Now, it’s time to turn to category number 4: “Tours and Activities”. Today, the number of activities and tours booked online is soaring, which makes this category one of the greatest untapped travel sectors. Furthermore, you don’t even need to be in the travel niche to unlock its earning potential, as there is a tour or activity to recommend to any audience. To give this category a try, check out GetYourGuide, Viator, and other “Tours and Activities” programs on Travelpayouts.

Last but not least is “Cruises”, one of the booming travel sectors that offers a huge opportunity for publishers. To tap into this category, partner with the CruiseCritic affiliate program.

To summarize, the five top-performing travel categories are:

  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Car Rentals
  • Tours and Activities
  • Cruises
    In the next tutorial, we’ll show you how to combine these categories to take your affiliate campaigns to the next level. Keep watching! Now, go ahead and choose the best categories for your audience and your affiliate business will be up and running before you know it.


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