Should You Use a Travel Agent or Book Online?
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/Halfpoint U.S. news argues it pays to book with a travel agent because a pro can eliminate the stress of vetting the countless options out there. Woman’s Day explains, “Travel agents are required to have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) or Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) number to book airlines through their booking source, which gives them direct access to the airline’s inventory. Woman’s Day explains, “In the not-so-distant past, online booking engines didn’t issue refunds, so travel agents were the way to go if you were concerned you’d have to cancel your trip.
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Travel agents can help not a details person? Travel agents can get everything set up, so all you need to do is show up at the airport. /encrier Furthermore, travel agents take all of the stress out of vacations. Imagine not having to worry about arranging travel, hotels, meals, and excursions. You can get what you want without having to coordinate all of the details yourself. That can end up saving you a lot of time. IN fact, some studies indicate that travelers spend thirty hours researching and preparing for a trip. And many visit up to thirty-eight sites before actually making a reservation. Have you ever gone down the rabbit hole comparing flights? OR poring over photos of hotels? How about debating over sightseeing options? OR even second-guessing your choice of destination altogether? Travel agents make a career out of easing your planning pain. Want to stress less about your trip? Book through a travel agent Don’t want to stress about your trip? Get a travel agent to plan it. /Halfpoint U.S. news argues it pays to book with a travel agent because a pro can eliminate the stress of vetting the countless options out there. They can also ensure you find the best option — and save money on your booking. In fact, U.S. News estimates you can save anywhere from $500 to $1,000 on airfare if you have the right agent. That can eliminate a major source of stress for budget-conscious travelers. Plus, USA today points out a travel agent can offer insight a website just won’t provide. “An agent can guide an inexperienced traveler through foreign travel or travel to exotic destinations. While the Internet may be bursting with websites and bookings in technologically advanced areas, agents may have more knowledge of travel in areas where tourism is less developed,” the publication explains. Travel agents can think of things you won’t Your travel agent won’t be there to remind you to pack your phone charger or remember the sunscreen. But travel agents can help head off other travel predicaments. Angie’s List notes though novice travelers might not know all the rules, “a travel agent has seen it all before. Some cruise ships don’t allow babies or children, so you don’t want to show up with the kids in tow.” A travel agent can also give you a heads-up on exchange rates. They can advise you on when (and where) you’ll run into the worst crowds. Plus, they can remind you about what you should wear when traveling to conservative countries or religious sites. And it’s their job to know everything about travel visas, necessary vaccinations, etiquette, and the restrictions associated with your reservations. Don’t book with a travel agent if they can’t be flexible Can you stay flexible about when and where you travel? You might want to book your trip yourself, instead of relying on a travel agent. on the other hand, you might want to avoid booking with a travel agent if they can’t be flexible about your plans. Woman’s Day reports that staying flexible about your travel plans can cut costs. That’s the same reason why many seasoned travelers advise comparing flights on multiple dates (and in and out of a variety of airports) to see where you can get the best prices. but not all travel agents will suggest looking at alternate dates, times, or destinations. The reason why? Your savings might mean a smaller commission for them. Want to be your own travel agent? Woman’s Day has some advice. “Visit sites like and, plug in dates you’re willing to travel and airports you’re willing to depart from and arrive in and you just may spend less than you thought you would on your vacation.” Your travel agent might not be able to book you on your favorite airline We all have our favorite airlines. But travel agents can’t always book you on your airline of choice. another reason to keep an open mind if you work with travel agents? They might not be able to book the airline you usually use. That means you might not be able to use or earn miles or benefit from your status with the airline you fly most frequently. Woman’s Day explains, “Travel agents are required to have an International Air Transport Association (IATA) or Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) number to book airlines through their booking source, which gives them direct access to the airline’s inventory. However, not all airlines (such as SW and a few other smaller, regional carriers) are on these booking engines.” Another thing to keep in mind? Because travel agents work on commission, they might not have ever used the hotel or cruise ship they recommend to you. Most people assume when travel agents recommend Hotel A over Hotel B, it’s because they have experience with both and genuinely think you’ll have a better experience at Hotel A. But that’s not always the case. IN fact, your travel agent might get some perks or a prize if they sell enough reservations at Hotel A. Of course, they probably wouldn’t recommend the hotel if it weren’t a good property. but you don’t want to forget that travel agents often have incentives to influence your travel plans in specific ways. You aren’t always getting a firsthand recommendation from an experienced traveler. You don’t need to book through a travel agent to get a good cancellation policy Don’t think travel agents offer better cancellation policies than online engines. Woman’s Day explains, “In the not-so-distant past, online booking engines didn’t issue refunds, so travel agents were the way to go if you were concerned you’d have to cancel your trip. This free text article has been written automatically with the Text Generator Software https://www.artikelschreiber.com/en/ - Try it for yourself!