10 REASONS TRAVEL AGENTS ARE BETTER THAN THE INTERNET
In world where everybody coordinates their own vacation plans – it’s no wonder that travel agents account for about ONE THIRD of the travel industry’s revenue. Not only can they do things the Internet can’t, but also collect a lot of their fees from vendors, which means… best part, they don’t even charge you! Read these 10 reasons to go old-school and let a travel agent plan your next trip.
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- We know whether you’re actually getting a good deal
Since 90% of the airline tickets you buy are for a domestic flight to see your parents, your knowledge of the relative value of a flight to London is, how shall we say, limited. A travel agent, however, books, like, 74 of those a day and will know immediately if the $600 whatever website told you is a “smoldering price” is actually reasonable.
- Travel agents know where to go in a city, or know someone who does
It helps to have a reputable resource available who knows the best restaurants, dive bars, or more. Travel Agent’s know this stuff like the back of their hands. And if they don’t, they’re one call away from getting you an answer.
- We have your back when it comes to flight delays/cancellations
Try calling a website when your flight gets cancelled and see the line to rebook is stretched thru the terminal. Even if you get through to the airline directly, they still don’t have a clue who you are. Call your travel agent, though, and they’ll get you squared away on another flight.
- We can actually get you seats together, on the same flight, for the same price
Rather than spend a week on a group text trying to coordinate your big Water Park Summer vacation, only to book your flights separately online and find you’re all sitting next to different people (and paid different fares), a travel team agent can get your entire group the same ticket price, with seats together, on the same flight.
- We can get you VIP status without being a VIP
Restaurant booked for months? Usually not an issue for a travel agent. Need a table at the hottest club? Thanks to the relationships they maintain across the tourism industry, agents can also score you tickets to special tours, private tastings, and other events the Internet doesn’t even know about.
- Travel Team Agents do all the research for you
Websites don’t seem to understand that when you say “search nearby airports”, it doesn’t mean “I’m fine an airport 75 miles away so I can save $45”. Travel Agents know your airport preferences.
- We get better prices, first
That $49 one-way flight your email update indicated was a “fresh new deal” was actually available to your travel agent last week, because they have better relationships with airlines and wholesalers. Travel Team prices are BETTER than online.
- We do more than book flights
That African safari looks like a great time, but you do realize it requires a lot more work than just pressing “Buy Now”? In addition to visas, you’ll likely require a series of things you may not have thought of. Don’t know where to go for either visas or shots? Your travel team agent can set that up for you.
- We have the lowest prices too
you may find it fun to go thru the process of planning your flight, calculating baggage, seat selection, and water fees, to see if it’s cheaper; but a travel team agent can do the comparison shopping for you. And we can do it with any other airline that doesn’t play the online search engine game.
- No-hassle 24-hour changes
“Non-refundable” on your online reservation — be it a flight, hotel reservation, Tour, — usually means you have 24 hours to make changes without penalty. Most people don’t realize this. Yes, even a “non-refundable” airline ticket can be changed. The only catch, you have to actually call and deal directly with the airline. Or, instead of spending hours on hold listening to “all agents are currently busy”, you can let your travel agent happily fix the ticket.
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