6 Essential Reasons To Book A Trip With A Travel Agent

6 Essential Reasons To Book A Trip With A Travel Agent

When booking a vacation, we're obviously always trying to get the lowest prices possible on airline tickets, hotels and rental cars. But aside from the usual tips (book trips 54 days in advance, choose the right day of the week, etc.), there's one secret weapon to nearly always ensuring a good deal: using a travel agent.

Inspired by a recent Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread with luxury travel agent Steve Shulem, we've put together a list of the 6 reasons why you should book through an agent for your next big vacation.

1. They're likely to get you the lowest price possible.

George Hobica, travel expert and founder of Airfarewatchdog, says, "Travel agents have tricks up their sleeves that automated websites have never heard of." That means knowing when a price is actually at its lowest point or using unorthodox methods (like ferries or trains) to get you to your destination for less.

2. They've got better connections than the Internet.

As Shulem points out in his Reddit AMA, travel agents have resources and connections that the Internet does not. "We have discounted air, we have over 800 hotels where we throw in breakfast and a $100 resort credit, (and) we have cruises where we can get you upgrades and cruise credits and many times a better price," he wrote.

3. They've got the most "pull" with hotels.

Hotels are extra-careful to keep travel agents happy so that they'll continue to book in the future, writes a travel agent who goes by the name of Tychonaut on Reddit. "A hotel can tell you (a private customer) 'no' without a problem. But if they are dealing with an agent they have a bigger incentive to turn that 'no' to a 'yes,'" he writes.

4. They're especially great at finding group discounts.

If you're going to Disney World, taking a corporate trip or planning a romantic vacation, it's best to let travel agents do the work for you. They'll research the best deals for 2+ people, find coupons for going out to eat and try their best to upgrade your suite or hotel room to make it the best experience possible. Think of the time you're saving... researching alone would take days.

5. They'll rebook a flight for you.

Say your flight gets cancelled unexpectedly, or you're really, really unhappy with your rental car. Never fear, your travel agent is here! As Shulem explains on Reddit, "...the trend is to look to the travel agent to save you time and help you out should a mishap arise." Travel agents act as a safety net and can sometimes get extra help regarding cancelled tickets that you, acting alone, could not.

6. They can find the best cruises and cruise activities for you.

Need help finding a cruise ASAP, booking the perfect cabin or sorting through pages of off-the-boat excursions? Travel agents can get a cruise certification to help them navigate the cruise-planning waters like a total pro, and they're usually the first to find out about the best cruise deals or activities.

Before You Go

Smuggler’s Cove, Greece
This cove goes by many names: Navagio Beach, Shipwreck Beach, Smugglers Cove; whatever you call it, the site offers stellar views, incredible BASE jumping and a wild isolated feeling that is beyond unique. Located in the Greek Islands and set among limestone cliffs and white sand sits Panagiotis—the ship wrecked nearly three decades ago while attempting to transport cigarettes—according to legend.Smuggler’s Cove is only accessible by boat and those trips do not come cheap, but travelers say the trip is completely worth the cost.Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See More Of The World’s Most Secluded Beaches
Robles Point, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Most beaches on Ambergris Caye aren’t named but the secluded Robles Point, which is only accessible by boat, is special enough to warrant one. Not only is Robles Point virtually tourist-free, but it’s one of just two spots on the island where the coral reef meets land. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Ko Adang, Thailand
Located in the wild Tarutao National Park lays the island of Ko Adang. The road-less island is home to some seriously challenging hiking trails and small beaches that still belong primarily to the locals. With well-preserved coral reefs just offshore and waterfalls waiting inland, Ko Adang is an unspoiled wild haven not fit for those seeking an all-inclusive resort experience. Photo Credit: ShutterstockClick Here to See More of the World’s Most Secluded Beaches
Bai Dai Beach, Vietnam
Somewhat of a local secret, Bai Dai Beach on the island of Phu Quoc is untouched by major tourism. The beach is home to a handful of vendors who supply food and water sport rentals to the few beach-goers fortunate enough to find this small stretch of bliss. Some predict the beach will soon be developed into a hotspot for tourists, but for now the beach remains undeveloped.Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Only accessible by boat or helicopter, Whitehaven Beach is set on the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands and it is surely one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. The entire island is a natural preserve, featuring some of the purest sand on earth, crystal clear waters and access to the Great Barrier Reef. Not only is it tough to get there, but there are no restaurants, bars or hotels, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you plan on staying awhile.Click Here to See More of The World’s Most Secluded BeachesPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

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