Just a few years ago the press was a buzz about the demise of the Travel Agent and the fact that they were about to go the way of the Dodo. Im here to tell you that travel agencies are still here and experiencing a rebound despite the myriad of travel tools available out there.
So why should you use a travel agent?
There are many good reasons that I will explain through this article over the next few days. But the bottom line is that they know more than you do. A good travel agent these days is well connected and has resources not available to the amateur traveler or most business travelers These travel agents often can beat many of the online offers, get you VIP status, and provide access to benefits that you cannot get anywhere else. After booking everything they also provide a safety net that you cannot get by booking yourself or by purchasing travel insurance. Don’t get me wrong Travel Insurance is important, but using a travel agent provides you a different sort of insurance policy or safety net.
To be honest everyone needs a travel agent, their benefits that they can offer grow exponentially as your travel becomes more luxurious, expensive and specialized. Many travel agents have become specialized in certain types of travels. Several have become experts in cruise line industry travel, Disney Travel, Exclusive vacation travel to exotic places like Aruba and the Dominican Republic.
Booking with a travel agent to take a 6 day trip to Disney World can take much of the headache out of booking the trip. They many times can come up with a package deal that can save you up to 30-40% at some times and provide you with Free Dining at other times as well as including park tickets and exclusive tickets to other shows at Disney World.
So you may be asking yourself, does it cost me more to book with a travel agent? Well that is a very good question and one I am asked a lot. No in these cases, booking with a travel agent does not cost you anything extra. How does a travel agent make money you ask? Well in the case of Disney, they offer the travel agent a healthy commission to do bookings for them. This commission sometimes affords the travel agency to offer better deals for stays at Disney World or to be able to offer On Board Room Ship Board Credit on a Disney Cruise. Disney also provides these agents exclusive training in how to look for the best deals and how to put together the best package for a client.
If you are interested in booking a vacation, please take the time to look at our partner – Vacations With Magic. They are a full services Travel agency that specializes in Disney Travel, the Cruise Line industry and exclusive resorts.