So….. Why use a travel agent?
You might think travel agents are a somewhat extinct commodity and have gone the way of the dinosaur, but it is actually quite the opposite! In this age of being able to access all things day or night on your internet browser it seems like it would be easy to find the best deals. In reality, planning a trip can be an extremely stressful and confusing undertaking. You can spend hours online searching for deals on flights and hotels, hopping from one website to another in pursuit of the perfect price. This kind of process leaves you stressed and more confused than before you started. Also, you very rarely get that room you see in the photos, resorts and cruise lines have so many different room categories and the only way to know what you are actually getting is to book with someone that knows those categories what you want. A travel agent knows the room categories you see in the pictures.
They know the Deals. Travel agents often have access to deals you will not find on-line or elsewhere. They know the best times to travel, when certain destinations are offering promotions and what red tape applies to each promotion. Agents have insider information that isn’t available to even a master online researcher and they have insight on the best way to pay off your vacation and insider tips on where to save and when to spend. Depending on the agent, some even offer extra perks for certain destinations.
A travel agent can help plan an itinerary for your vacation. This is often invaluable when you are visiting a foreign country or a US destination with a lot to see and do. For example, a trip to Walt Disney World can be a massive undertaking. Between choosing a hotel either on or off Disney property, looking at different package options such as tickets and dining, and incorporating Disney’s Magic Bands and Fast Passes. It is overwhelming and you may not even know where to begin. Travel agents spend a lot of time studying and attending training on destinations which brings real tangible value. An agent can help plan an itinerary with your travel needs in mind. You will actually get the most out of your vacation days without feeling lost or out of your comfort zone.
A HUGE perk of a travel agent is that their services are usually FREE! Some people are afraid of using a travel agent because they think they’ll be charged extra for the agent’s services and expertise, but it is actually the opposite! Travel agents make their income through the travel suppliers and are paid by the destinations they book. One thing to realize here is that if you book on-line or with the destination directly or on your own, you are paying for agent services whether you use an agent or not. The fees that travel companies pay agents are built into their pricing.
Find a travel agent you love and let them get to know you and your family and your travel preferences. It will be an invaluable resource when you plan your vacations. A skilled travel agent with the knowledge of the destinations knows all the ins and outs and can prove invaluable so you can actually enjoy your vacation and not need the dreaded “vacation from your vacation”.
Consider planning and booking your next Disney trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can trust like A2M Travel. They’ll help you get the best price for your vacation, share expert advice, and their services are totally FREE!
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