Why You Should Use Travel Agents

By December 30, 2016Travel
Travel agents can save you hundreds of dollars.

When you’re sick, you seek the advice of a doctor. When your car breaks down, you call a mechanic. Why wouldn’t you visit a travel agent for your vacation? Many people skip this important resource in favor of planning trips themselves. However, by not consulting travel agents, you could be losing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Here’s why you should leave travel planning to the experts.

Travel Agents Save You Money

Many people believe using a travel agent will increase the cost of a trip. This is probably the biggest misconception when it comes to travel agents. Travel agents have a living to make like the rest of us, but they mainly get their commissions from airlines and travel suppliers. As such, booking with an agent shouldn’t cost you more money. In fact, a study by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) found that on average people save $452 and five hours of trip planning when they book with travel agents.

Travel Agents Save You Time

Oftentimes, mechanics can tell what’s wrong with a car just by listening to a noise. Travel agents are the same in that they know exactly where to go and who to speak to when problems arise. When a flight is cancelled or a hotel messes up the reservation, why would you want to deal with them yourself? Your travel agent will keep your vacation stress-free by dealing with any problems you may have.

Travel Agents Provide Insight

From political upheaval to disease outbreaks to storms, traveling can seem intimidating at times. However, travel agents can soothe any worries you may have. They can easily contact the airlines if a flight is delayed, cancelled, or rerouted. They know how to research if a country or region is safe. ASTA found that, over a year’s time, 63% of travelers polled felt that using a travel agent made the overall trip experience better.

Travel Agents Care About You

Using online travel agencies (OTAs) may seem like a quicker way to do things…until something goes wrong. Good luck getting a customer service rep who actually cares. Travel agents know you. They’ve spent time sitting down and talking to you about your needs and desires. They genuinely care about your well-being. As such, you can rest assured when you call them with a problem, they’ll do everything in their power to correct it.

More and more people are using travel agents

Travel agents seemed like a dying breed until recently when they experienced a revival. According to skift.com, Millennials are the most likely demographic to use travel agents. Of those Millennials who travel, 30% used a travel agent in the last 12 months and 45% of Millennials polled said they’re likely to recommend a travel agent to friends and family.

 

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