The scheme has been running in Italy for nearly four years and 30% of agents in the country take part.

Agents who sign up for the scheme will get access to a password-protected channel on expedia.co.uk from where they can book, and earn commission on, a range of Expedia content.

The price shown for a transaction on the agents' site will be identical to the price for the same deal on the consumer site, allowing agents to compete directly on price with Expedia. Agents will earn commission if they use the customer's card or the agency's.

The commission rates are variable, with earnings paid quarterly.

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