The hotel company's rate change from 10% to 7% is a blow to planners who rely solely on commissions for their livelihood, but many planners who charge fees for their work have commented in support of the hotel company's move. They note that the time might be now to stop relying on commissions from hotels for compensation and offer advice for how to make the change. Are we witnessing the end of third-party commissions? Mark Jordan, president of Practical Communications Group, thinks we are. "I absolutely believe that the commission model has effectively died -- it just doesn't know it yet," he said. "And it may take years yet before it's buried. Basically, if you cannot charge a customer directly for the service you provide because they wouldn't pay for it, why would you ask someone else to pay on their behalf?" Get the full story at Travel Weekly Read also "Marriott cutting commissions on group bookings"