Infographic: The Enduring Value of Travel Agents

November 3, 2014 |

In this day and age, it’s easy to think that it’s simple to book your vacation getaways yourself. While many travelers believe they have the keen eye for finding all the latest deals on plane tickets and hotel rooms, it’s crucial to understand that many of these perceived discounts come attached with hidden fees that travel agents are trained to spot and avoid. Travel agents are experts in their craft, and will advise you on how to stretch out your vacation budget as much as possible and even provide access to extra amenities experiences not available on the open market – they’ll also do all the hard work for you and help make your travel experiences what they should be – fun and memorable.

The following infographic shows why travel agents are still a very important and valuable part of both corporate travel and vacation travel planning:

Infographic - The enduring value of travel agents

 

Here are a few additional benefits travelers can expect when using an agent as their travel planner:

Boost your budget

A huge misconception about travel agents is that you’re wasting money on something you could do yourself. It’s quite the contrary actually, as essentially one of the primary perks of using a travel agent is utilizing all their connections to help save you more money in the long run. Travel agencies tend to develop great networking skills with all the hotels or cruise lines they’ve dealt with in the past, meaning that it’s easy for them to find you bonuses, such as room upgrades, complimentary spa visits or a window seat for no extra charge. Other traveling amenities can include reservations to high-end restaurants, exclusive access to the biggest local attractions and even living the life of a VIP guest for low-budget prices.

Safety first
If you’ve done any traveling, you know that anything could go wrong at any time. Whether it’s finding out your flight has been canceled, losing an important bag of luggage or any passport complications, if you didn’t book your trip with a travel planner, you could be out of luck. Travel agents offer their clients a wide range of options to ensure that they’re never stuck in a terrible situation throughout the entire journey of their trip. They can even clear up more minor mishaps, such as not receiving the room you wanted or finding out your name isn’t on the reservation list. If you don’t have a travel agent by your side, it’s all upon you to straighten any inconveniences out.

Anyone can search through the realms of the Internet and think they’re finding the deal of a lifetime, but travel agents are experts at what they do. They will work hard to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck during your vacation getaways, and provide you with exclusive opportunities that will be nearly impossible to come by on your own.