And.. now that we have debunked some myths, here is why you SHOULD use a travel agent!
Reasons to use a Travel Agent
CUSTOMER ADVOCACY: If you have a problem with a particular part of your travel experience, the agent is there to act on your behalf to see that restitution is made.
EXPERT GUIDANCE: Travel agents are experts in understanding and deciphering the myriad of travel information and codes out there. Itâ€™s what theyâ€™ve been trained to do and they do it every day.
PERSONALIZED SERVICE: Instead of an impersonal voice thousand of miles away, travel agents are your neighbors. They know what you want and what you value in your travel experience.
PROFESSIONAL ADVICE: Travel agents are there to make sure you get where you want to go, when you want to go and for the lowest price.
TIME: Instead of checking a long list of travel Web pages, which only provide rates and fares for the companies that have contracted with them, why not go straight to the source? A travel agent has all the information at their fingertips, saving you a few hours in front of the computer screen.
UNBIASED INFORMATION: Agents work for their clients, not for a travel supplier. It makes sense that a happy customer will be a repeat customer.
Article from travelsense.org and ASTA