The Benefits of Using a Travel Agent
I read an article by Larry Olmstead that was titled 5 Big Luxury Travel Mistakes You Might be Making on Forbes.com. As a travel agent, I enjoyed reading it because in listing the mistakes, it also listed the benefits of using a travel agent! I will summarize the key points of his article. The 5 Big Mistakes are:
Not Using a Travel Agent: He says there is “no excuse” to not use one. He believes you get more for the same amount or you pay less for the same thing. Benefits to using a travel agent include: expertise on where to go, where to stay etc, an immediate remedy when things go wrong, especially with cancelled flights, and perks like room upgrades, cabin upgrades, late check outs etc. Being affiliated with Virtuoso, DMC Travel Tailor is also able to offer our clients exclusive excursions and benefits at Virtuoso properties/cruises.
Misusing Miles: Using a mileage and ticketing expert can save you many miles, getting you better deals on flights. Smart Flyer is a travel agency that was founded in 1990 by Michael Holtz to offer clients a better, smarter way to book air travel.
Choosing Trends Over Timeless: Don’t be quick to hop on the band wagon to go to the new hot spot when there are proven amazing vacations out there. Going with the place that is getting a lot of current press, doesn’t necessarily mean you will get what you want and it will be better. Remember to ask yourself “for what” reason are you going.
Not Using a Specialty Tour Operator: There are a lot of niche travel vacations out there (safaris, skiing, cycling, fishing and adventure travel) where it is beneficial to use a specialist in the field. Especially when dealing with places and tours that are more complicated, like an African Safari. It is recommended to use a specialist to avoid any unwanted mishaps. Tour operators really know the ins and outs of the area and will provide you a level of safety and comfort knowing that you are in good hands while you are away.
Being Too Brand Loyal: Sometimes being too brand loyal will make you miss out on an authentic experience in a country. For example, I am partial to the Marriott brand, but in some parts of the world, I will opt to stay in another brand, if it means I will feel more connected to that culture, embracing it on a deeper level.
As you can see there are many benefits of using a travel agent. Here are some of the benefits you can expect to experience when booking with DMC Travel Tailor:
-Custom-Tailored Experiences and Trip Itineraries -Exclusive excursions, perks and benefits (preferred rates, exclusive amenities and hotel upgrades upon arrival) -Global Expertise and Connections -Trip Support and Peace of Mind -Save You Time -We contribute 5% of our total profit to a charity and volunteer our time to help make this world a better place