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10 Good Reasons NOT To Use A Travel Agent!

November 9, 2011

There recently have been many articles about the demise and re-incarnation of the Travel Agency Industry.  Travel agency bookings have increased more than 5% during the first 3 months of this year alone.

I thought I’d poke fun at a recent article in JAX FAX magazine promoting this trend and list 10 reasons why you should NOT be going to your friendly neighborhood Travel Consultant.

  1.  Convenient One-Stop Shopping—isn’t it more fun to go searching for lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours from multiple sources than with 1 call to your agency.
  2.  Consumer Advocate—when problems occur during your trip they act on your behalf depriving you of the fun trying to reason with the source.
  3.  Expert Guidance—they’ve actually been to the destination you’re considering robbing you of the experience of making the wrong turn.
  4.  Save Time—they’re calling around and doing all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary when you were looking forward to that challenge.
  5.   Updated Information—your travel consultant is constantly communicating with the travel community giving you the most updated information concerning your trip and you were looking forward to learning how to.
  6.  Customer Service—agencies offer that “personal touch” offering help and advice that the website cannot provide so you can be anonymous.
  7.  Travel Documentation—preparation and organization of necessary documents, advice on passports and visas just as you were getting into evaluating State Dept Travel Advisories.
  8.  Travel Expertise—not only have these agents probably traveled to you destination but they frequently attend update seminars, which you don’t even know about, put that on your “to do” list.
  9.  Industry Access—they have access to Tour Operators, consolidators who exercise their clout with hotels, resorts to provide such amenities as early check-in, late checkout, room upgrade, dollar resort credits complimentary meals-which you’re not interested in.
  10.  Best Value for Your Money-Agents help you make your money go farther,

And you know best what to do with your money.

But just in case I haven’t convinced you, stop by!

Wilton Center Travel Office

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Rebecca permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:31 am

    Go Judy Go!!

  2. November 9, 2011 1:29 pm

    You know how much I love inefficiency. Great list!

  3. November 9, 2011 8:07 pm

    Awesome Judy!

    I want to add one more if you don’t mind.

    Because people love the automated virtual agent trying to understand you and you love that challenge and it tests your patience!

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