It’s easy and simple. It all comes down to “service”. Do you know that most of the tour companies, cruise lines, hotels and car rentals agencies have a buildup fee, that is included in the overall price that you’re paying, even if you deal with them directly. However, there is no benefit to you, the end-user. I mean service wise. When everything works out smoothly with your travel arrangements it might be fine. But, when matters don’t work out in your favor that’s when you will be remiss that you didn’t have a personal travel agent attending to your needs. You will be calling and calling with not much success in terms of immediate resolution. This is, of course, one of the primary reasons. However, there are many other reasons. I would like to discuss with you four other reasons that have also been mentioned in the past by ASTA Travel Sense. Please consider the following:
1. Save you money- Agents have their resources as well as special relationships with suppliers. As a result, they are able to obtain extras, for example, on-board ship credits, free upgrades and other amenities that you cannot obtain on your own. All this creates a better overall value package.
2. Save you time- After all, time is your most valuable asset. It can take several hours of your valuable time surfing the internet, where there will be lots of choices. Afterwards, you will need to make sense of it all. Unfortunately, most of the time you will make choices based on price not value. An experienced travel agent is your expert that will guide you through the process, even if it is as basic as purchasing an airline ticket. It always pays to utilize an expert. An experienced travel agent will save you time and a headache in the long run.
3. Convenience- Agents can offer one stop shopping for all travel arrangements, including choice of the right travel insurance. An experienced travel agent will help you address what documentation you need for international flights and where to get it. That individual will simplify the entire travel process by helping you make the right choices in order for you to get the best return on your investment.
4. Solve problems- Agents can keep on top of issues like lost luggage and delays. Because of their ties to the industry, they can typically talk to airline customer service representatives more effectively than you can – they do it all the time. If you’re grounded due to poor weather or some other reason, your travel agent might very well expedite your travel. And as Forbes says: “when your flight is cancelled and you are standing in line waiting to re-book, believe me, you’ll wish you had a travel agent.” A good travel agent is always willing to go the extra mile, and will do everything to meet your travel needs. As the president Obama said, “we need Travel Agents”.