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Airfare Myths

·         Since airfare is always the highest priced component of traveling, I thought I would suggest some tricks of the trade as to when the best time to buy your airline ticket is. Several times this week, I have been asked how to obtain the best deal in regards to airline tickets. Although I don’t have a crystal ball and if I did I would be buying lotto tickets instead of booking travel arrangements, I do have a few tips I can offer.

Airlines do not; I repeat do not have last minute deals anymore. It is a thing of the past. The fuller the plane gets, the higher the fuel prices are the higher you pay for your ticket. Airline prices have become the basic economics formula of supply and demand. If you add on airfare in a package you can often obtain a lower price and may also only have to pay a deposit when booking the airfare and you can pay the balance at a later.

What does this mean to you? This means that as soon as you know your dates you should go to your travel agent to find the best priced flight

Airfare can be half if not more than your entire trip cost so, the more flexible you are with dates, times and airports you are willing to go in and out of the less expensive the ticket will be.

The other disadvantage of buying your ticket late in the game is that often all the pre-assigned seats are taken. This means that you may not know where you are sitting until the day before travel and your only option may be to sit between a talker and a snorer.

I know there are rumors that if you buy it on a Tuesday that the fares can be cheaper. This is the most ridiculous one of all. You don’t need to set your alarm to run over and start checking airline websites on Tuesday at 200 PM. I have actually seen airline tickets be less expensive on the weekends. There is honestly no rhyme or reason to what day or time is best to purchase to obtain the best deal.

·         What I have seen is the fare go up in price while I am booking it. I have also seen a fare quoted for a decent price and my client thinking the price will go down, waiting until 3 weeks before departure and paying double than the original price I quoted. This all happened this past week! How awful would you feel after being quoted a price of $600.00 to go to Aruba waiting and paying $1100.00 per ticket instead?

***Lastly if you have a travel agent, I know a really amazing one…. 🙂 ask them about consolidator fares. These are fares that only travel agents can get that if bought at the right time can often save you a few hundred dollars.

I just thought I would suggest some tips since vacation season is upon us.

Happy Travels!!! 🙂

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Why Use a travel Agent

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.

ETHICSYour best interests are the priority. ASTA (The American Society of Travel Agents) fights for consumer rights and ASTA member travel agents are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics

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.

KNOWLEDGETravel 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 atImagethe 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.

Hawaii on Sale!

It;s that time of year when we all start thinking about summer and where we want to travel to. I don’t know about the rest of you but I love Hawaii. I am a travel agent and have some great dealsImage right now. If you deposit your trip by the end of April and travel by the end of 2013 you can get some great perks including:

$100.00 off the booking

$Free 3 day car rental

$50.00 voucher towards an activity

Kids stay free at the hotels

Free breakfast and other perks depending on which resort you are interested in.

I would love to help everyone get to Hawaii!