Rather than prolong the decades-old debate about agent compensation, these long-time friends struck a deal to pay higher commissions for certain kinds of bookings. But the devil really is in the details. A 36-month test of the plan begins on Jan. 1. It offers Virtuoso agents a 3% commission override if the booking meets several criteria. The first criteria is the most interesting, because it has such obvious application to the hotel sector. The override will be paid exclusively on balcony, penthouse and suite bookings. There are other key criteria, but this is the heart of the concept. Higher-cost bookings for premier accommodations are more profitable to the supplier and should, therefore, reflect a higher level of compensation. Get the full story at Travel Weekly