7 Reasons Why You Need a Travel Agent-
By Jen Campbell- Owner of Escape Destinations Travel
Who doesn't love to travel? If you're like me, you set a goal to travel at least one new place a year! So why get a travel agent (we preferred to be called travel consultants), since you think you may be able to do it all?
Well once you find a good one, you enjoy better trips, and many times cheaper vacations, than you ever have before. A good, reliable and experienced one is the way to go.
1- They know more than you do! Wait...What? They have connections, great access to benefits you can't get, and many times can beat any published price.
2- They provide you a safety net. They're available before, during and after your travel. You simply won't get this by booking yourself, or even by purchasing insurance. Do you want to call an 800 number when you're having problems, or would you rather just pick up the phone and talk to someone immediately and quickly who can get your concerns resolved?
3- Their perks beat yours! They can give you instant VIP access, FREE room upgrades, Credits on Board your Ship, hard to get restaurant reservations, cutting the lines for you, private guides, and cheaper airfare (especially if booked within a packaged deal).
4- No Extra Cost. Most top travel consultants charge a fee for their services, WE don't charge a fee. Travel consultants save you money, lots of money, and even if you were charged a fee, they more than pay for themselves.
5- Top agents aren't spending their time advertising their business 24/7. The best consultants are busy servicing their existing clientele. Their advice, expertise and connections are the value that sets them apart from those offering deals in the Sunday papers. Many are specialized, and for special travel you may want to seek out this niche type travel consultant. They have colleagues they trust and can get you the connections you need! Trying to visit a coveted destination at a peak time- they can get you there! Most of us need a generalized travel consultant who will get to know you, discover your likes and dislikes, and make appropriate suggestions. Once you've found an excellent consultant, keep them. Just like a trusty family Dr. you keep returning to time and time again.
6- Time Saver. Once they get to know you, they have built your trust, and will save you time! Who wants to spend hours and hours researching for the best "deals" when a simple phone call will do the trick for you? If you choose right, you will have that expertise in your back pocket.
7- Tons of Perks! They offer other perks you didn't know even existed. They know the GM's at the resort or cruise line. They can get you everyday room upgrades, have the manager at the resort greet you personally, have bottle of champagne available in your room, special amenities. All these come at NO EXTRA COST to you, their clout comes from volume and expertise. They call and email those top people, to secure the best room, or location on the ship for you!
You can spend hours and hours on the internet searching and searching for the "best deal" out there, or you can pick up the phone and call a professional travel consultant, one who's been in the business for years and knows their stuff. It's your call!
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