With so many changes happening to the travel industry, it can be challenging for travel agents. The internet might be the biggest hurdle to get customers to choose a travel agent over self-booking. We found this and some other popular myths about travel agents and explain why they’re not true.
Myth 1: It’s easier to book travel plans online.
Even though the internet makes it really easy to book a trip, a travel agent has more experience and resources than you would find on your own. In fact, using a travel agent is usually easier than self-booking because you don’t have to stress about researching every detail.
Myth 2: The internet always provides the best deals.
Fact: You can get good deals online, but your travel agent has exclusive deals you can’t find elsewhere. Additionally, you don’t have to waste your time tracking prices on a daily basis. Travel agents can do that work for you!
Myth 3: Travel agents are too expensive.
Any fees associated with using a travel agent are pretty low. It may even be discounted or waived once you book, depending on the agency. Keep in mind that booking online usually has a built in booking fee anyway. (Check out a past receipt and you’re sure to see a booking fee listed!)
Myth 4: Travelers don’t need a professional to give them advice.
You may be able to have a smooth trip without any help, but a travel agent can save you from making simple mistakes. They know tricks like which transportation is the easiest to use or where you should go for the best views.
Myth 5: If something goes wrong on the trip, you don’t need any assistance.
You’re probably capable of handling mishaps on your own, but a travel agent can have your back in these scenarios. For example, if you have a flight cancellation and need to get on another flight, your travel agent can negotiate for you, giving you a better shot at fixing the issue faster. If you purchased travel protection, they can help start a claim on your behalf while you deal with the situation.