Many people think the days of using a travel agent are gone. “With the internet, I can do it myself.” In the technology age of everything being done instantaneously, why would I take the time to go to someone to book travel for me when I can do it myself while in my pajamas?
There are several reasons why using a travel agent warrants getting out of bed, getting dressed, putting gas in your car, finding a parking spot and meeting with a travel agent.
MONEY- Travel agents have strong working relationships with travel vendors and suppliers which enables travel agents to access the most up-to-date information on how to get you the best value.
CONVENIENCE-There are Travel agents located across the country and throughout the world, most of which offer one-stop shopping for all travel arrangements. You will have no problem finding one that is registered with ASTA.
KNOWLEDGE–Travel agents are knowledgeable and active in the industry. The Society provides education, training and resource materials to its members to equip them with the tools to offer the highest quality of service.
SERVICE- Agents work for you and will do everything they can to meet your travel needs. They will be there for you every step of the way. You can call them 5 times a day and know that you will get a hold your agent who will assist you with your questions.If you make your booking online, it is very hard to get a hold of someone and you will never speak to the same person twice. Some agents literally go that extra mile to help their clients. As a travel agent, I have been known to call them while they are atthe airport to make sure they are ready to go. I have heard of an agent who gave their client a wake-up call because they were worried they wouldn’t wake up in time for their flight. Many of my clients have my cell number so they can get a hold of me anytime of day.
These are some great reasons that I see it would worth me leaving my house to see what a travel agent can do for me. It is a relationship that will become like your hairdresser where you will go back to them time and time again because of the service they provided to you.