Why Use A Travel Agent in 2021
Why use a Travel Agent in 2021 – 10 reasons
Wow, what a year 2020 had been! Who would have ever predicted that no cruises would happen for a solid year, and the beginning of 2021 would still see us waiting for good news for all sorts of travel. Hopefully with vaccines rolling out now, we can see the light at the end of this long, long, dark tunnel. Next year will surely be better for travel, right?!? Are you ready for it??? I sure am ready to plan for you the trip of a lifetime!
Using a travel agent has always been a good idea, but during these unusual times, it may be more important than ever. There are some great ones out there, and it’s worth your time to find them. Here are 10 reasons why!
1. I was there for my clients when the world shut down.
If you had a trip booked in 2020 without a travel agent, you may need no further convincing. When the unbelievable happened, hold times were hours long as even the suppliers were trying to figure out how to handle it. Was Italy shutting its borders? How about the non-refundable tickets we purchased? Were Royal Caribbean cruises happening? I spent those hours on the phones for my clients, making sure they were taken care of.
2. While you’ve been stuck at home, I have been studying what’s happening in the travel industry.
Traveling in the era of covid-19 has significantly changed the way of travelling. Instead of scouring the Internet for the best deals and new destinations, you will have to study border restrictions and quarantine requirements.
I will help you navigate through this complicated landscape of traveling during and after the pandemic. I have been staying informed by attending webinars hosted by airlines, hotel brands and destinations to better advise you. I know what they’re going to serve you on the airplane, so you know what to prepare for.
3. It is my job to keep up with travel restrictions.
Travel restrictions are still changing, almost daily. If you are ready to travel, I can help you figure out what you need to do before, during, and after. What kind of masks are acceptable? We can tell you. Do I need a COVID-19 test to visit Innsbruck? You do, and we can tell you what kind and when. Are there testing stations at airports between flights? There are and I can give you more details on that.
4. If something goes wrong, a travel agent can take on your travel problems.
Things go wrong all the time when you’re traveling, whether you’re a frequent traveler or taking your first big vacation. “Having a travel adviser, you can just text or call them right away, and they fix the problem for you,”
Crazy travel stories such as big travel corporations such as Costco not answering phones, websites down……..not getting help to rebook flights, stranded at hotels, hours, weeks of waiting, are just some of the examples!
5. I can help you make decisions.
Some planning decisions aren’t as easy as they once were. Should you pay for your River Cruise in full even though it may not happen? There are definitely reasons why you might want to, and we can help you think through whether it’s best for your situation. Should you risk buying flights? I understand the ever-changing airline policies and can help advise you on those as well. Does all travel insurance cover a pandemic? It most certainly does not, and we can help you find the best one for you. You’ve got questions - we’ve got answers.
6. I traveled during the pandemic.
I have been able to travel safely to experience the safety precautions that are currently in place. I have learned from those experiences and will share every bit of information with you. Not only have I learned so much from my experience, but also have taken numerous trainings and webinars during this time. We’ve done it, or when it isn’t possible, we’ve researched or been taught about it.
7. I know people.
I have built up relationships with vacation suppliers. I know where to go and who to talk to when we need to get things done. There’s a reason that the suppliers are spending so much time training us right now. They know we are taking everything we can in for our clients so we can all get back out there as soon as safely possible.
8. We personalize service.
You aren’t just a name and credit card to us. We get to know you and ask you questions and help you make the best decision for you. That decision may be to wait to go to Disney until your family is ready. And that’s okay! Our job isn’t to push anyone to travel before they’re comfortable. Or job is to answer questions and help you decide when you are ready.
9. I can save you time.
We give you the gift of time. No need to spend hours researching (unless you want to of course); we’ll do it for you. For example, if you want to book a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy I can recommend to you the most scenic excursions, amazing towns to visit, and the best hotels to stay.
10. I can fight directly for your travel refund.
At a time when many travelers are scrounging for refunds or canceled flights, I am better equipped to deal with those hassles. While Online Travel Agent customers will sit on the phone, wait and wait and wait and the system hangs up – I as a travel agent have special service lines that connect directly through to a supplier to resolve problems faster.