Skip to main content

Lay in the lap of luxury for less by working for a travel market mystery shopping company.

Edition Waikiki/Edition Waikiki

TRAVEL CONCIERGE:

This is one of those travel secrets that is so good that you don't want to pass it on. Yes, you can travel for free - or at a great discount.

In exchange for filling out questionnaires - How many times did the reservation line ring? Was the employee wearing a proper nametag? - you can save money.

Story continues below advertisement

"Right now, with us, you could get tickets for anywhere that Via travels," says David Lipton, president of Sensors Quality Management Inc., a leading travel market mystery shopping company. "We have flights to various destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Paris, Rome and London"

Would-be shoppers apply and are screened for reliability, attention to detail and grammar. Once approved, then you can scour the websites, www.sqm.ca and www.evaluateitbysqm.com, and request assignments. If you're selected, you book that fancy resort in Hawaii, complete the paperwork, submit your receipts and are reimbursed by SQM. How much you save depends on whether you're required to fill in 10 questions or 250 questions.





Send your travel questions to The Concierge.

Karan Smith is a former Globe Travel editor. Special to The Globe and Mail

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Comments

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe.

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter .

Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. That means:

  • All comments will be reviewed by one or more moderators before being posted to the site. This should only take a few moments.
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated
  • Criticize ideas, not people
  • Stay on topic
  • Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language
  • Flag bad behaviour

Comments that violate our community guidelines will be removed. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments.

Read our community guidelines here

Discussion loading ...

Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback@globeandmail.com. If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to letters@globeandmail.com.
Cannabis pro newsletter