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With online booking services and endless resources on the internet, planning your own vacation has never been easier. Or has it?
With all the difficulties travelers experienced at the start of the pandemic, 2020 highlighted the importance of booking through travel advisors and all their benefits.
1. Answering Your Calls Promptly
We all heard of so many travel horror stories at the beginning of the pandemic, from travelers becoming stuck abroad to not getting a refund on their vacation.
What made matters worse was being unable to reach customer service representatives, often being put on hold for hours only to become disconnected and left with no answers.
Part of a travel agent’s job is to answer the phone and help you solve your travel emergency when they arise.
Giving you peace of mind knowing that a professional is taking care of you every step of the way.
Not only do they take the time to get to know you and your needs, but they genuinely care about your vacation experience!
2. Utilizing Established Supplier Relationships
If you need to cancel your trip at the last minute, you might end up forfeiting all bookings without a refund.
However, a travel agent who has built solid relationships with suppliers over the years can help you navigate your options.
In times of crisis, travel agents are dedicated to helping their clients receive the best outcome possible.
3. Advocating on Your Behalf
Vacations don’t always go as planned, and sometimes you need an advocate who’s versed in policy wording to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Whether it’s a cruise line miscalculating your future credit correctly or an airline mishandling your claim, a travel agent can tell you if your reimbursement is fair, and they can also fight on your behalf when needed.
4. Making Destination Weddings Easy
Weddings are a big deal and require a lot of organization on their own.
A destination wedding can be easier and less stressful with a professional’s help, especially if you’re thousands of miles away.
When you rely on a travel agent to help you plan your big day, all you have to do is tell them your vision, and they take care of the rest!
5. Giving You Expert Advice
When emergencies arise, it can be easy to panic and accept hefty penalty fees to recoup what you can.
A good travel advisor will be able to use their expert knowledge on the organization’s policies and recommend the best course of action to get the best results possible, whether it’s a full refund or reduced cancelation fees.
During the pandemic, for example, advisors were able to help clients decide the optimal time to cancel their flights.
Travel experts knew that they could get refunds instead of airline credits if they waited for the airline to cancel or canceled themselves at the last minute if the airline didn’t take action.
6. Keeping Your Safety a Priority
Now more than ever, traveling overseas can be a little nerve-racking. Travelers want to make sure that they are as safe as possible when flying and staying at resorts.
Part of a travel agent’s job is to stay updated on the health and safety precautions that airlines and hotels are taking (or not taking) so that you don’t have to.
Not only will a travel advisor ensure that you have the latest requirements to enter and leave a country, but they will also only book you on flights or resorts that have the highest standards across the board for your wellbeing.
7. Providing Personalized Service
There’s so much involved with planning a vacation, beyond flights and booking resorts.
You also need to research your destination and find things to do.
All of this can be time-consuming, but when you use a travel advisor’s services, they handle all of this for you while tailoring your experience to your preferences.
To get started with an expert travel agent, schedule your appointment today!