Do you need to change your trip plans, but don’t want to deal with the extra time, money and hassle of rebooking your flights and hotel rooms on your own? This is when a travel expert can help you get your plans back on track. And while most travel agents do impose a service fee, ultimately, they can help maximize savings with exclusive promotions, perks and inventory that isn’t available to the public.
There seems to be a resurgence of brick-and-mortar agents since younger people who are tech-savvy, aren’t necessarily savvy when it comes to travel, so they need the help of experienced agents. And the demand for agents doesn’t seem to be a passing fad. Studies show that the majority of U.S. leisure travelers who used an agent in the past plan to turn to an agent again.
One of the top incentives of working with a travel agent is to benefit from their expertise and industry connections. As we know, time is money, so instead of spending mind-numbing hours researching on the internet, agents with years of experience have the insight and industry knowledge to help get you the best deal. Well-connected travel specialists also have established relationships with award-winning chefs, hotel managers and tour operators that booking sites do not.
Moreover, in terms of scoring the best deals, travel agents often beat internet prices. Since many agents have access to their own booking and distribution systems, which offer access to cruise packages, airline tickets and hotel rooms, they can usually access the same web promotions. While there may be a small commission for the agency, you’ll get more value for your money in extra amenities, such as breakfast, spa and beverage credits.
Then there is also the time factor. Rather than researching on your own, a reputable agent can anticipate expenses and amenities to “help you avoid surprises”, like hidden meal costs, resort fees and tourism fees which could put a serious dent in your wallet. And if you’re planning a vacation with many moving parts or an international getaway to a far-flung destination, working with a specialist gives you the benefit of finding tour companies that best match your needs.
Agents have relationships with companies in just about every country in the world and vetted suppliers in many of the world’s most isolated places. More importantly, complex, expensive vacations are best left in the hands of professionals, so you don’t have to worry about the logistics of it all.