5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Travel Agent
Before becoming a travel agent, I would plan every aspect of my own vacations (and several for friends and families). It took me HOURS AND HOURS. I can't tell you how much time I've spent researching and trying to find the best deals. While I enjoy planning and surfing for a good deal, it is a lot of work. Especially if you don't have the appropriate resources available to you. When I decided to become a travel agent, I was AMAZED at the things not known or available to the general public.
I know a lot of people are skeptical about using a travel agent (I was one of those people). You think that prices are going to be higher to cover commissions, they are going to try and "up-sell" you in order to make more money, or that you are just a dollar amount to them. All of those assumptions are completely FALSE. My two highest priorities when traveling are price point and value. I want to travel for cheap and get the most "bang for my buck". I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way. That's why I was always hesitant to use a travel agent in the past. So, I'm going to lay out some myths and reasons why you should never travel without using an agent.
Travel agents just have more resources. Most of which are not available to the average consumer. These resources can offer better deals, provide complimentary upgrades and extra incentives for the traveler. There are deals, activities, specials, etc. that are exclusive to travel agents. Also, these often let you book in packages which we all know is a great money saver. You'll never be able to get the same experience or trip if booking on your own.
Like I mentioned earlier, planning takes A LOT of time. This is especially true if you have to sort through dozens and dozens of websites to find the best deals. You shouldn't have the added stress of planning your dream vacation. A travel agent can do all of that for you! They can tailor your experiences to exactly what you had in mind. Usually, this is done in one booking and they take care of the details. You just show up!
Travel agents don't cost ANY extra compared to booking on your own. Its a common misconception that prices are higher when using an agent. The truth is, agents have supplier relationships and can often get you better deals as a result. Also, many agents credit back their clients for booking with them. This can be direct rebates, discounts on future bookings, or extra add-ons for their trip. The beauty with using a travel agent is a lot of times they can negotiate with you or suppliers to ensure you and your wallet are happy.
Ever wonder why the cabin next to you got champagne? Or how people get ridiculous upgrades? Its probably because they used a travel agent. Bottom line is, there are some things you just can't get without a travel agent. Because agents have relationships with suppliers, they are often able to get more for their clients. They can get that free breakfast, spa credit, chocolate covered strawberries, room upgrades, or whatever else it might be. They are able to give you little details that make your trip special and truly memorable.
The best part about using a travel agent (in my opinion), is that you always have an advocate. If something goes wrong during your vacation, your agent will go to bat for you regardless of who is at fault. No more sitting on the phone with airlines or hotels or tour agencies. Your agent will handle all of that for you. They can often correct the issues and get you back on track. No sweat from your end. I promise, they will ALWAYS do their best to make sure to right the wrong and that YOU come out on the better end.
If you're still skeptical about using a travel agent, please let me know and I can speak with you one-on-one. I promise that travel agents have YOUR best interest at heart. I want you to have an unbelievable vacation every single time. It doesn't benefit me to give you the short end of the stick. In fact, it hurts me. So, when you work with a travel agent, you get 110% of their efforts regardless of the caliber of your vacation. They want you to become a part of their tribe and want you to make memories that will last a lifetime.
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