In an age where there’s a new travel app coming out almost every day, why are more people opting for traditional luxury travel agents? After all, booking travel online is easy, including finding affordable fares, filter hotels by their reviews, and book instantly. However, things are not always as they appear online. We’ve all been hit with extra fees for baggage and those dreaded “resort fees” that we didn’t calculate as part of the original rate. And those reviews… well, some of those may not have been written by real travelers at all. And that’s why the expertise of a human travel agent has become one of the most valuable travel tools on the market today.
Travel Agents Know your Preferences
Travel agents want to get to know you to recommend things that they know you’ll love. They are the types of people who’ll figure out that you’re a whiskey connoisseur, then score you a private distillery tour within stumbling distance of your hotel. They’ll find out that your kids love to swim and surprise you with an upgrade to the poolside suite. An agent can cut through the clutter of the internet to build a custom vacation that will fit you perfectly. And the best part? You won’t have to drive yourself crazy trying to plan it.
Peace of Mind is Priceless
An agent is your own personal travel assistant who’s there for you before, during, and after your trip to make sure everything goes exactly as planned. They know which companies are most reliable, they can guarantee availability, and they read all the fine print. In the event that something goes wrong, your agent has priority access to make things right. Plus, they can even provide travel insurance. If you’re planning an important trip, you can trust the expertise of someone who has done this hundreds of times.
VIP Treatment (Without the VIP Price Tag)
Travel agents deal in volumes, which means that their providers (think Royal Caribbean or Sandals Resorts) give them better rates. Consider it a bulk discount. Agents have established relationships with airlines, hotels, resorts, tour operators, and cruise lines offering discounted fares, free upgrades, and exclusive luxe amenities you can’t find booking online. From champagne receptions to private tours and spa credits, the perks of using an agent can be the difference between being treated like a typical tourist and an international VIP traveler.
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