Using a Travel Agent, the Pros and Cons

Posted by Superior Cruise and Travel on 16th October, 2019

Booking travel is more accessible than ever, with sites promising the best deals on flights, hotels, and tourist packages. Creating an itinerary and choosing the best places to visit can seem a bit overwhelming. For busy travelers who want to have a seamless process in their travels, you may be wondering if using a travel agent is the right way to go.

pros of using a travel agent

Pros

Access the best deals by using a travel agent.

Travel agents have industry connections and relationships that help them tailor the best deals for their clients. Their businesses are built around their relationships with tourist attractions, hotels, and cruises. Depending on their specialty, you can get a vacation tailored to your every desire for a fraction of the cost of booking on your own.

Get a special touch with the details.

You’ll find travel agents go above and beyond to create an experience that has you raving about their services. Down to the tiny details of making sure your favorite wine is in the hotel room when you arrive, they will add that special touch that makes your vacation all the more memorable.

Travel agents typically do not add extra cost.

Travel agents are usually paid by the hotels and attractions that they partner with and can save you money or your trip instead of adding additional costs. Most travel agents will not charge you an additional fee for their services.

Payment plans make planning vacations more realistic.

With a travel agency such as Superior Cruise and Travel payment plans allow you to budget for a vacation in a more realistic way. With a payment plan you can travel at times that you wouldn’t have been able to before.

They are experts on travel.

A seasoned travel agent knows the sightseeing spots that you absolutely must not miss. They know the ins and outs of airline travel. They know what to expect when you arrive at your destination. They can offer advice at every step and be a lifeline to the best experience for your travels.

using a travel agent

Cons

Travel agents are not mind readers.

While travel agents will have your best interests at heart, you may not have the same ideas about what makes a vacation great. You will need to open a line of communication and let them know what is most important to you for your vacation to be perfect for you.

Flight costs cannot get much cheaper by booking through a travel agent.

Airlines are typically not going to pay commission to a travel agent. With the boom of online travel companies that offer competitive rates on airline fees, you may find that your air fairs will not be any less by going through a travel agent.

While on your trip, your hours will be different from your travel agent’s working hours.

You may find that while you are on the other side of the world, your travel agent is on the opposite schedule as you are and not be able to contact them during daytime hours. Depending on where you travel this may cause a nuisance on your trip.

cons of using a travel agent

Is a travel agent right for your vacation needs?

Ask yourself these questions when deciding on using a travel agent.

  • Are you an experienced traveler?
    • If you have vast experience with traveling you may choose to go without a travel agent. On the other side of this view, you may be tired of planning everything yourself and enjoy having a travel agent to take care of the details for you.
  • Are you traveling domestically or internationally?
    • When traveling internationally or to a place you have never been before a travel agent can be a great resource. Most domestic travel plans are easy enough to go without an agent, but you will be able to see options you didn’t know of by using a certified travel agent.
  • Do you want to have an itinerary, or do you prefer to be spontaneous?
    • If you want someone to plan out all of the stops on your trip having a travel agent in your pocket is a great idea. If you want the freedom to explore on your own terms you can either communicate this to your agent or choose not to use one.
  • Do you want full control over your trip?
    • If you have issues letting go of control over your vacation, a travel agent may not be right for you.
  • Would you like the security of having an agent to back you up?
    • Are you feeling anxious about all the things that could happen on your trip? Having a travel agent can give you peace of mind and allow you to relax on vacation by knowing they will back you up in the case of an emergency.
  • Do you have the time to plan a trip on your own?
    • With daily commutes, working, ballet classes, football, all the things that fill our days, do you have the time to plan your trip? If you want to let go of the stress of planning your trip, contact one of our travel agents today for a seamless process.
  • Is this trip for a special event?
    • If you are traveling for a wedding, honeymoon, or other special events having a travel agent will make your trip even more significant with their attention to detail.

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