A professional travel agent is trained to guide a client through the entire process of planning a trip, whether for business or for leisure. A travel profession strides to ensure they make each client's travel experience as personalized, convenient and memorable as possible. When planning a business trip or family vacation, the Internet can be a valuable resource, but it cannot replace the expertise and guidance of a travel agent.
Benefits of working with a travel professional include:
Personal Service: A travel agent is there to ask a question and to provide advice and expertise. A travel agent wants your business and she/he will do everything in their power to make your trip unforgettable. Without a Travel Agent, You are On Your Own!
Save Money: Strong working relationships with travel suppliers and the latest in computer reservations technology enable travel agents to access the most up-to-date information on how to get you the best value.
Traveler Advocates: Your best interests are the priority.
Convenience: Many travel agents offer one-stop shopping for all travel arrangements.
Service: Travel agents are knowledgeable and active in the industry through education, training and resource materials to equip them with the tools to offer the highest quality of service.
Agents Will Go the Extra Mile: A travel agent works for you and will do everything they can to meet your travel needs. A travel agent wants your return business and is highly motivated to provide you with the best possible travel experience.
Save Time: Simply give your travel agent your desired itinerary and budget, and they will do all the tedious searching. An agent will take care of everything, including flights, hotels and even event and attraction tickets. An agent’s involvement in your travel plans simplifies the process, allowing you more time to relax.
Travel Agent Discounts: Travel agents often have access to deals, upgrades, discounts, and packages that the average consumer cannot purchase. Their “insider status” with suppliers in the travel industry can allow them access to early booking discounts, special fares, hotel deals and travel advisories. In some instances, the cheapest rate is not on online. What does this mean for you? An enhanced trip with value-added benefits and amenities.
Your Agent Never Stops Working For You: A travel agent will be able to help you in the event of unforeseen circumstances. If something goes wrong along the way, you can contact your travel agent, and she/he will problem solve. For example, if your flight is canceled or delayed due to a snowstorm, your agent can book you a hotel wherever you have been stranded, arrange transportation for you from the airport to the hotel and book you on another flight. The Internet does not offer this service during a travel crisis.
Travel Agents Build Relationships: Travel agents build long-term relationships with their clients, similar to accountants, lawyers or financial planners. A travel agent becomes very familiar with your travel preferences and adapts to meet your growing and changing travel needs.
Complete, Non-Biased Information: Travel agents have complete access to all airlines and travel suppliers, unlike some websites that only provide limited information on specific products.
We agree with Tony Crocker's comments about skiing Jackson Hole in late March. Why not ski both resorts during your trip? Variety is a good thing! That is what we normally do when we travel to the area. Mixing it up keeps it interesting and fun.
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