Why use a Travel Agent?
1. The role of a travel agent has evolved through the years. It's no longer necessary to work with a travel agent to buy a plane ticket or book certain vacation packages. Agents are not simply playing the role of a purchasing agent. Instead, a travel agent's role is that of an advisor. Someone there to listen to your needs and advise you on the best options to get the most value for your vacation time and money.
2. Travel agents are trained to take a critical look at each piece in your trip puzzle.
They make sure each piece meets your specific needs, and that no major trip detail is missed.
3. They can make sense of the multitude of offers from cruise lines, airlines, tour companies, and hotels and find the one that's right for you. For example, is the cruise line you saw on the advertisement a good fit or is there something better for you? Is basic economy airfare good enough? A travel professional can decipher the subtle differences and choose the one that fits your requirements for this unique trip.
4. Travel professionals save you time and money.
Whether they charge a fee, as many do, or base their businesses on commissions, the time and money you spend with them will be returned to you many times over in the form of convenience and great service.
5. They are your advocate and they have your back.
Whether you didn't get the room category you purchased or you need a ticket to get home after your original flight was cancelled, your travel agent will be there for you, intervening with suppliers on your behalf.
6. They are the experts.
Like a doctor or an accountant, a travel agent will ask the right questions, listen to your answers, understand your pain, and offer expert advice to guide you in making one of your most important decisions—how to spend your invaluable time off. Because there are no do-overs for a vacation gone wrong.
7. Knowledge is power.
From the visa and passport requirements to recommendations for the best tour or activity in town, a good travel agent has the inside information that makes your trip perfect.