Folks ask me all the time why they need to book their vacations with a travel agent. Let’s face it, it’s tempting to be able to book your own trips online. You can save a TON of money by comparison shopping and getting the lowest price online yourself. Besides using the services of a Travel Agent will cost more, Right? WRONG! Here are 7 reasons why you need me, a travel agent, in your life:
- Travel agents won’t cost you a thing!
Yeah, you read that right. My services are free to my customers (depending on the complexity of the travel being planned). I am paid through sales commissions from my valued vendors. Unfortunately, the airlines haven’t paid commissions to travel agents since the mid 1990’s, so you may incur a small ticketing fee when booking air.
- Travel agents make your life easier!
By using a travel agent, you won’t waste hours on the internet or hanging on hold to get a travel deal that may have a ridiculous amount of stipulations. With the amount of conflicting information available online, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused. Many of the questions perplexing travelers, I can often answer right off the top of my head, thanks to years of experience.
If you have detailed questions or need to plan a complicated itinerary, I do all the work for you. I can make the international phone calls to get your questions answered. I know who and how to reach out, in order to get the job done, saving you hours of frustration.
- Travel agents will help you save and protect you and your investment!
Travel agents are privy to special flight prices, as well as special hotel and cruise cabin rates that consumers will never find online. This feature alone will save you money. Beyond pricing, travel agents can often get special amenities like ship board credits or insider tours that can enhance your vacation, as well as help you protect your investment with travel insurance.
Most DIY vacation planners don’t realize that medical insurance usually does not cover you while on vacation, out of area or especially overseas. Many foreign countries will take your passport if you are admitted to a hospital and will expect payment in full for any treatment or surgery prior to discharge. A good travel agent will make sure you have the proper peace of mind with the right travel insurance to keep your family safe and protected.
Travel Agents also understand the rules and the fine print that DIY travelers may miss. I can make sure you don’t make any mistakes that could cost you big time down the road.
- Travel agents have specialized expertise
First-hand experience and expertise can make a typical vacation into a memorable experience. Not every Travel Agent can humanly know every destination in the world. As travel agents, we too have favorite spots and types of vacations that we’re passionate about selling. At This Girl Goes Travel, I focus on selling group travel and escorted tours in the luxury travel space.
- Travel agents can offer affordable payment plans
Online booking websites normally require payment in full, at the time you confirm your reservations. This means huge out-of-pocket costs to the traveler and if paying by credit card, you could be paying huge interest fees that will add to the total cost of your vacation. Many times, when you book with a travel agent, you will only be required to pay a deposit to confirm your reservations. Final payment for your trip will usually be required 45 to 60 days prior to your departure. In many cases, a travel agent can set up a monthly vacation layaway program that could save you hundreds on credit card interest and upfront out of pocket costs.
- Travel agents have your back!
No matter how much you prepare, sometimes “stuff” happens while you’re on vacation. When you book with a travel agent, they are with you every step of the way. We are your personal advocate. If you run into any issues, I can make calls and usually fix the situation, so you don’t have to waste valuable vacation time problem solving.
- Travel agents want to make their clients happy!
Any good travel agency knows it’s not about making the sale, it’s about creating happy clients. Happy clients become fans of your company, come back to you every year and recommend your company to others. I rejoice when I can save my clients money with a great deal. I make recommendations based on the specific needs and requests of my clients. I don’t base my recommendations on industry sales incentives or bonus gifts. If I know of a better room or experience that will enhance my client’s vacation, I’ll suggest it but that’s all. I won’t be pushy, I promise 😊.
I could go on and on about the benefits of using a travel agent but I don’t want to bore you to death. As for that vacation that you keep putting off, for whatever reason, give me a call and let’s talk about it. I’d love to help you plan your trip and answer any questions that you may have. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon!