Why Can’t I Buy AuPair Plane Tickets and Save Money on Agency Fees?
What if you had 100 million frequent flyer miles?
Or a $700 credit with an airline that flies from NYC to your Au Pair’s home city?
Could you purchase your Au Pair’s plane ticket– in either direction — and save money on your Au Pair Agency fee?
Our first au pair’s 2 years is about up and I would like to save money on the fees by using some of my frequent flyer miles. When I asked the agency the placement coordinator I spoke to said it was not allowed and is non-negotiable.
I asked why and they said it was for ‘liability reasons’. When I asked further, she admitted that she didn’t know the context behind these liability concerns. I asked her nicely to get me in contact with somebody that knows more about this.
So far, I have not been able to talk to them reach them yet. Without much details, the ‘liability reasons’ feels like a convenient excuse to me so I want to know if there are any government mandates/rules/regulations that prohibits AP agencies from allowing host parents to do this. From the the published rules (22 CFR Part 62.31) it sure doesn’t look like it. But then again, there may be other situations where these liability concerns may materialize — but I don’t know that.
[[In a 2012 AuPairMom post, it was mentioned that “Some agencies (for example, Agent Au Pair) will allow you to arrange and directly pay for your au pair’s air travel to your home.” I checked out Agent Au Pair and it doesn’t look like that option/discount is being offered any more. ]]
Any thoughts? ~ AP DF