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Why use a travel agent?

IMG_1263The internet has changed the way travel’s done. In the old days travelers actually had to go through travel agents to book airfare tickets and travel packages. That changed in the late 1990′s when Delta made a decision to stop paying airfare commissions to travel agents.
Other carriers soon followed and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, travelers have unlimited online options when booking travel. It’s possible to book everything from simple airfare to luxury vacation packages. This access begs the question that’s often asked… do I need a travel agent? Though some travelers can handle their arrangements, the answer for most is absolutely yes. A travel agent will take the stress out of making your travel arrangements!

As a former flight attendant, I’ve seen the result of travellers who made their own arrangements often to disastrous results. They’d book itineraries that looked great online but often after hastily booking, they’d discover some none too pleasant surprises, e.g. a 10 hour layover in Tampa, an airport change in NYC or worst of all, that they’d bought a ticket to the wrong destination.
When travelers book through a travel agent, they get to transfer all potential pitfalls and problems to the agent and can sit back and relax. The saying “without a travel agent – you’re on your own” is so true.

A good travel agent is a traveler’s best resource and will work tirelessly to provide the following:

  • listen to what you want and offer recommendations based on your preferences
  • work for you – not the travel supplier
  • make sure you get the vacation experience you want
  • advocate on your behalf if there’s a problem
  • provide personalized accessible service

Travel agents are there to help you navigate the ever changing travel landscape and understand the many overwhelming choices available. Smart travelers don’t leave home without assistance from this valuable resource!

Article by:
Ida Creal
Co-Owner Global Sun and Fun Travel
A travel agency offering personal, attentive and one-on-one service

 

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