5 Myths About Travel Agents
You might ask yourself why should you book with a travel agent and what things can they actually do for you? There are some common myths about travel agents, read on to to discover for yourself…
I can easily book the same trip on my own without using a travel agent.
Sure, you can book a trip yourself, but it may not be the same trip you planned. To a travel travel supplier,you are just a credit card number. Travel Agents make a point of knowing the general manager of the hotel where you are staying and usually have worked with them before. Travel Team Agents are especially useful on specialized trips, whether it’s a honeymoon, a cruise or an adventure travel vacation. Any one can book a trip, but what about all the details; will you love the hotel? Who will pick you up from the airport? Travel team agents take care of these details for you, at no extra cost to you. And if something happens, just contact you travel team agent to get you on another flight. They can often do it much faster than the airline.
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I can get cheaper prices online than I can when booking through a travel agent.
Maybe, but it’s not what you pay walking in the door, it’s what you pay when you leave. Because agents have relationships with hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and more, they want repeat business, so they welcome a call from a travel team agent on your behalf. Travel team agents are able to get rewards you might not get such as a room or cabin upgrade, a free dinner, champagne, or even a spa credit. Ask your travel team agent for details.
Travel agents steer you to hotels or cruise lines where they get a higher commission.
This is Not True at all. We wouldn’t keep our clients if we did that. We develop a relationship with a client, learn what their preferences and tastes are, and find a cruise, vacation, etc. that matches that client. If it doesn’t’ fit the client, it doesn’t make sense to book a client somewhere where they won’t like
Travel agents charge surcharges and fees on top of the price.
Travel agents get paid on commission by hotels, airlines and resorts, typically. Many may charge fees because of their time. Putting together an itinerary, a complicated trip, or booking multiple tickets, transfers for an extended family vacation, is a lot of work. Think of it as insurance for all of the time and effort put into creating an itinerary, in the event that a client ends up canceling. However, every agency is different, some charge fees up front and then drop the fees when the client books. Ask a travel team agent for details at 1-800-788-0829
All travel agents are the same.
Are all Doctors or lawyers the same? No, everyone is different. It is like finding a new dentist, they need to be right for you and certified by the right organizations. People don’t realize we as travel agents, are counselors and concierges and lifestyle planners. People should choose a travel agent the who works well with your needs and wants and can create a perfect trip, like the Travel Team Agents, 1-800-788-0829
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