Whenever a potential client asks why they should use a travel agent, I let them know the 3 reasons why they should use a travel agent vs booking online. The first advantage of using a professional vacation planner is to save time. Everyone is busy these days, why not use your time wisely by hiring an agent to research vacation deals and book your trip for you. Time is a commodity you’ll never get back, it just makes sense to use your time wisely whenever you can.
The second advantage to use a professional vacation planner vs online booking, is that travel agents are trained professions. Travel is our job and a good travel agent will have knowledge that a layman will not have. Plus it’s a good chance that an agent will have first-hand knowledge of the destination you are wanting to go to. Use a travel agent for their travel knowledge and resources, it’s worth it.
The third advantage of using an agent is that by using a vacation agent, you have an advocate in case something goes wrong on your trip. Most of those online travel booking sites have the terms and conditions in fine print and if you’re not careful, you could really end up with something you don’t want and once you get to your destination, if something goes wrong, it’s you against the company, which can be an aggravating experience.
By using a travel agent to book your trip, if something goes wrong, you have someone in your corner to help you navigate through the system and make things right for you. You see, agents have special relationships with travel vendors. Sometimes all it takes is one phone call from the travel agent, and everything is made right. Of course, if you booked online, you could be stuck out there on your own.