10 Reasons Travelers Still Need a Travel Agent

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Why It Pays to Book With a Travel Agent!

In honor of Travel Agent Day which we celebrated on May 4rd, we thought we'd take a moment to share all of the benefits of working with a GofromDFW.com travel agent specialist to book your next trip.

Booking a trip can often prove to be an extremely stressful, grueling undertaking. You can spend hours online searching for deals on flights and hotels, bouncing from one website to another in pursuit of the perfect price. This process can be brain numbing to say the least! And, a huge waste of your valuable time! According to a recent survey by the I.B.M. Institute for Business Value, approximately 20 percent of more than 2,000 travelers worldwide said it took them more than five hours to search and book travel online.

Faced with countless choices for flights, hotels, car rental, and tours, many consumers realize the DIY approach is not for them.

The Top Ten Reasons To Use a Travel Agent

(With Thanks to Anna Gleksman at Travel Market Report)

In the age of technology, booking trips online seems an easy choice for travelers. And yet, the business of travel agents in the United States soared over the past few years with more than half of all agents seeing an increase in clients, transactions and revenue.

Here are 10 reasons that help explain why that is, from a customer's perspective:

1. Accountability
A travel agent's job is on the line with every trip. Travel agents have a boss to answer to—or they are the boss—and they are a real person clients can speak with to works things out.

2. Knowledge
Travel agents have been doing the job for years and know all the ins and outs. Traveling to Europe for the first time? Instead of deciding where to go based on anonymous comments on a website, speak to someone who does this for a living and knows what they're talking about.

3. More for your money
When booking an expensive trip, you want to see everything and experience the best a city has to offer. A travel agent can ensure that your dollars go a long way—and make sure you don't miss that amazing restaurant down the street, or the special event going on the day you will be in town. A travel agent knows where to go and when.

4. Setting an Itinerary
While some people enjoy "just winging it," a travel agent can give a clear-cut schedule of what will be happening on a day-to-day basis, and keep clear records of everything that is included in the trip.

5. Budgeting
A travel agent can help map out exactly how much a trip will cost, so there are no surprises. Does that excursion on Monday include lunch, for example, or do you have to buy your own? Does it pay to take the drinks package on the cruise ship, or pay for the excursions in advance? A travel agent can guide you and save you money.

6. Insurance
Things happen. A travel agent can offer insurance in a number of ways, from guaranteeing that your hotel is safe and the company running the excursion won't rob you, to actually advising on which insurance policies you need, from trip cancellation to medical emergencies. They also insure that you have the correct travel documents, so you don't end up missing your plane or cruise. And when things do go wrong, travel agents have the resources and the contacts to get you to the head of the line.

7. Exclusivity
Let's face it, we all want to be a little bit different. A travel agent knows the new destinations and the new places in them—and often they can get you in. Through their partners, they also often get freebies for their customers that range from a free drink to an exclusive admission to a hot event.

8. Time savings
Spending hours and weeks researching the perfect trip can take up a ton of time during a busy work week. A travel agent will spend a little time getting to know you and what you are looking for, and then put together an entire vacation customized for you.

9. Time savings
Spending hours and weeks researching the perfect trip can take up a ton of time during a busy work week. A travel agent will spend a little time getting to know you and what you are looking for, and then put together an entire vacation customized for you.

10. Leverage
Can't book a room at a place you really want? Had a last minute addition to a trip but all the rooms are booked? No problem. Travel agents spend years developing long-term relationships, and travel companies understand how important their repeat business is. Travel agents have leverage with most hotel companies and resorts, and they are more likely to get what they want than a single consumer.

In short, if you have never visited a travel agent, you are missing out on a chance to save time and hassles and aggravation—and often, money as well.

How Much is the Time and Money Savings You Might Ask?

Consumers report that travel agents save them an average $452 per trip plus four hours in travel planning, and help them avoid costly mistakes, according to new research about to be released by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).  

When looking back on their past travel experiences, 63% of consumers polled said using an agent makes their overall trip experience better; 69% said agents save them time in planning and booking; 66% said agents help them avoid costly mistakes, and 64% say agents find the better deals.

According to the survey, travel agents lead all other booking channels for selling river cruises, and are tied with online suppliers for selling ocean cruises and tour packages. Agents also scored well for selling all-inclusive resorts and travel insurance, again nearly tying with online suppliers.

"This study dispels the myth that booking direct with suppliers or spending hours online yourself gets you a better deal, or gives you a happier travel experience," said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby.

Contact a Vacation Specialist Today at 800-404-4228 or e-mail info@SunsationalBeachVacations.com and save!



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