We get that question occasionally, generally from people that DIY. If you are looking at our website, you probably already know the value a professional travel agent can bring. The industry is changing and so have travel agents. Rather than merely booking transactions or acting as order-takers, agents now function as travel advisers. We work collaboratively with our clients to sort through vast amounts of information and make informed decisions, much like financial advisers assist clients in managing their money.
Not convinced, here are just a few more reasons why the service of a professional travel agent can benefit you.
1. We are educated professionals and have personal experience
Travel is our business and we take it very seriously. We spend time and money staying current and have already been to many of the places you want to travel.
2. You don’t have time to waste
Have you tried to call one of the airlines recently? The average wait time exceeds 10 minutes and can be as long as an hour. And, instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks – depending on the complexity of the travel plans – you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind.
3. We have clout and access
We spend years developing relationships with suppliers who are generally willing to do us a favor and get you the connecting rooms you want. We also have access to pricing and availability that you can’t find on the internet. Oh, and by the way, the hotel knows when your room is booked by an online discount agent and your room generally reflects that.
4. You want your trip to be right
Organizing a trip is like doing a puzzle, and it can be very complicated and time consuming to fit all the pieces together perfectly. A good agent will tailor-make experiences to make your trip memorable.
5. You are paying for the service anyway
Most people don’t realize this but the cost of the travel agent is built in to the price you pay so you may as well use us and let us do the work for you. So for the same price, and often less, you get to pick our brains about shore excursions, how to best use your Fast Track Disney Pass, how to exchange currency….you get the picture.
6. We are your safety net
A cruise line future sales agent recently told me the story of being on a ship when Hurricane Sandy hit. She said, “I could tell right away who had used a travel agent and who didn’t. The person that used an agent made one call or sent one email and their agent took care of the rest.” Enough said.
Remember, travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer!