We’re going on an adventure….five reasons to use a travel agent rather than DIY
A guest post by travel agent and FiveHiver Jodie at Meridian Travel.
(Add your comment below and you’re in the running for the fantastic family travel pack you see at the bottom of this article!)
So you are thinking about organising a holiday, maybe 10 days in Fiji, maybe a month in Europe, maybe a local resort in Queensland? It doesn’t matter where you want to go, for how long or how far away, there is no need for you to book yourself! Here are five great reasons why you should make your travel plans with a travel agent!
1-We’ll save your precious time and use our valuable experience!
So, you’ve decided to invest your time and money in a family trip of a lifetime, Where do you start? It’s a Sunday morning you begin your search online…looking at websites, by the time you know it you’ve spent hours pouring over reviews on different hotels and looking into what connection you’ll need to take you from here to there, and you’re still no further along in the process.
All you really need to do is walk in to or call your local travel agent. They have access to all of the flight times and costs, they can get you on to the right connection and can recommend hotels based on their own and the experiences of many passengers before you, and they have access to specials not available to the general public.
Even if you travel for business and think it’s cheaper to organise your own travel or have a staff member do it, it rarely is, you should give your local travel agent a try and compare the difference!
You shouldn’t need to worry about making sure you’re landing at the right airport at the right time, to take that particular connection or whether it’s easy to get a cab at the airport or whether a private car or bus might be a better option. You might not even think about checking your bags through to your final destination rather than having to race through unfamiliar airports luggage in tow. Or there might be a fabulous opportunity to travel with a group or family that you would never have known about online!
Your travel agent can pre-arrange all of this for you. Not only that, they’ll know what to ask you and what is available and allowable, all with the benefit of knowledge and experience.
Why wouldn’t you want to share the excitement of a family journey and benefit from the knowledge and passion of a real person who genuinely cares about your travel experience and how your money is invested? Do you get the same experience when you book your travel experience online?
Who is that company you’re dealing with online? Where are they based? What experience will you have if you have to call them for any reason before or during your trip? Are you going to always get to talk to the same person? Do you know who they are? Are they sitting in a call centre in a far off place or are they local? Can they call up itinerary and help you if you’re stuck somewhere? Will they call you back if you need them?
4-We have access to specials and earlybird rates
Just in the last 2 weeks we have been able to offer our clients over 15 different earlybird specials and group discounts on tours and fares because we have buying power! There might be hundreds of online websites showing you specials on flights and holidays, but what happens when you search for the dates you want to travel…”oh dear sorry that special is not available for the dates you want to travel”…how about that! A faceless website, keen to pull you in via deceptive marketing! How often has that happened to you?
For our customers, if you tell us what dates you want to travel, we’ll keep an eye out for any specials coming up for those dates and destinations, no need for you to keep searching, we’ll do it for you and we’ll tell you first about the specials coming up, before they hit the marketplace.
5-We’re there for you if your plans need changing
What if your plans need changing? Maybe before you leave you get a promotion in a job and can’t travel when you first thought and you need to change your dates. Perhaps you’re part way through your trip and you get snowed in to a city you’re supposed to leave the next day?
If you’ve booked your own arrangements, you’re on your own. You’re the one making frantic calls to airlines, hotels and onward connections. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, the scenario is different, make one call to us (regardless of timezone difference a good agent will have given you a 24 hour number to call) and we’ll make contact with everyone necessary, then we’ll call you and let you know the outcome! Simple! You continue enjoying your trip while we’re doing the re-arranging!
So if you’re thinking about a fabulous family trip (big or small), you’re a business traveller, or a travel afficionado next time you think about travelling, give your local travel agent a call or visit them, they’ll give you a no obligation quote, some gorgeous books and brochures to take home with you and most importantly they’ll give you personalised and attentive service not possible online!
Visit Meridian Travel.
[Ed: Jodie has given us this fab family travel pack to give away - so leave a comment about this post OR your family travel story and you're in the running! Winner judged by Jodie end Feb)