I’ve been living in an Expedia world.
For the past five years, my travel has been simple. Point A to point B. I felt no need for a travel agent. I would just search my flight, do a little research and find the best deal. Bing, bang, boom.
Or so I thought…
I made the foray back to a travel agent last week while planning my upcoming Southeast Asia trip. My husband and I were planning a ten day stopover, and heaven help me, that’s not something I could figure out how to do myself. Walking into the Flight Centre, I wasn’t confident that this experience would get me a deal, but was doing it more for convenience. Was I ever wrong?! For the flight searching that I was doing, the agent was able not only to manage my stopover, but to get me a cheaper deal than what I was finding online.
What? How could this be? You have a low price guarantee? Say what???
As far as I can tell, travel agents make their commissions not off of their customers, but in return from the airlines, hotels, tour companies, etc. It’s a win-win. The travel agent wants your return custom, so they’re less likely to sell you on a tour that you won’t like. They care about your interests, your travel style and your needs.
To say that I’ve been converted is an understatement. From now on, I will always check in with a travel agent to see what deals they can offer me. Will I come with my Expedia numbers in my back pocket? Absolutely. Always be prepared.
How do you book your travel? Have you tried a travel agent recently?