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10 Reasons To Use A Travel Agent

In today's age of technology, the world is quite literally at our fingertips. Why should you still use a travel agent, when you could just book your own vacation with a few clicks? It's probably the question I'm asked most frequently. So, let's get into it!


10) Concierge Level Services Free of Charge

Travel agents do not charge a fee for their services – which can include everything from researching a destination, providing pricing quotes, setting dinner or excursion reservations, and much more!


9) Single Point Of Contact

Gone are the days of waiting on hold and being identified by your reservation ID number. You have one agent dedicated to you and your travel needs.


8) In The Loop

Rather than basing their information on rumor blogs, they get their information directly from the source. Suppliers keep travel agents up to date on all major news and promotions, which they are able to filter through and relay any relevant tidbits to you.


7) Trained in Itineraries

Agents are trained in building itineraries. They’ll ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck and make sure your vacation is as relaxing or action-packed as you’d like.


6) Invested In Your Experience

Travel agents rely on repeat business and referrals. They want you to have the best trip possible so you will use their services again in the future and recommend your friends and family do the same!


5) Know Before You Go

Your travel agent will often provide you a checklist prior to your trip, to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information for your destination. This has become increasingly important in the era of COVID, as your travel agent will be able to guide you through the appropriate safety measures and protocols.


4) Payment Plans

When you plan ahead and use a travel agent, you often won’t have to pay the entire cost of your trip up front. Instead, your agent will work with you to make a payment plan and let you pay off your trip over time as best fits your budget needs.


3) Proactive Promos

Your travel agent can keep an eye out for promotions and discounts for you even after you’ve booked your trip. If a new package is released that can save you money, they can have it applied to your vacation and will happily do so, even when it means a smaller commission for them!


2) Personalized Experience

Your travel agent will take the time to get to know you so they can make recommendations based on your preferences. They’ll often keep notes they can refer back to when you return for future trips!


1) Support Small Business

Booking with a travel agent does not cost even a PENNY more than if you were to book directly with the supplier yourself. But by using a travel agent, you are supporting a small business. Support your friends’ side hustles!


Kelly is an independent travel consultant and proud affiliate of Academy Travel and MickeyVacations.com, an award-winning agency with over 25 years of booking magical vacations! Academy Travel is a Diamond level EarMarked Agency, the highest travel industry designation bestowed by Disney Destinations. They are also a Travel Leaders Network-designated President’s Circle agency, which the highest possible recognition from the largest association of Travel Suppliers and Travel Agencies in the world.