Is it Cost Effective to Use a Travel Agent?

The cost of using a travel agency is usually minimal, as they make money from hotels and tours. Deanna Ford, owner of The Detailed Traveler website, points out that travel agents “seek convenience, not to save costs. They receive discounts, commissions and benefits from the brands they are associated with, so you won't get budget recommendations. Doug Parker from Cruise Radio suggests starting with a travel agent, as they have relationships with cruise companies and can often get better rates and last-minute deals. Let's discuss three little-known ways to save money by booking with a travel agency instead of other online travel agencies (OTAs).

A travel agent can keep things organized, negotiate with services and personally resolve any complications that may arise. It's not because I'm trying to deceive you (I'd have a guilty conscience forever if that were my modus operandi), but because traveling is complex and, far from being one size fits all, multiple variables must be taken into account for each situation. When you use a travel agency, they can leave your reservation on hold without you having to worry about things running out or prices changing. Many airlines and hotel chains have preferred numbers for travel agencies so that they can quickly contact the people who can best resolve their situation. One of the best ways to use a travel agent is as an advocate in case something goes wrong on your trip.

Elina Geller is senior travel writer at NerdWallet and specializes in airline and hotel loyalty programs. Finally, by avoiding expensive tour groups, travelers can save thousands of dollars if they create their own walking tour of a city or a road trip through a country, he said. If you're traveling with a group of 15 people for your grandmother's birthday on a cruise, a travel agent can definitely offer you a better deal than you could find yourself. Once you have that list, pass it on to your travel agent to see if they can get deals while booking. Travel agents tend to find much lower prices and can also act as an intermediary with cruise companies when something goes wrong.

Anyone who has used that travel agency on a previous trip and enjoyed their service is someone worth considering.

Sebastián Vanbebber
Sebastián Vanbebber

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