Post # 1
For those that are going away for their wedding or anyone that has knowledge on destination etiquette and have a travel agent I was wondering if its customary to get your travel agent a gift once everything is said/done and booked…..The reason Im asking is because all the rooms we had blocked out got booked up and we are short 6 rooms….she is making me very happy at what she is trying to do to get us those extra rooms at our resort or at the sister resort right next door (worst case scenario) but she has been amazing she replies to my emails at 10pm, when shes off duty, on her days off, shes going out of her way on her vacation to keep me updated on any changes etc….Is this just her job? or do I owe her a bottle of wine or something more like a gift certificate to a restaurant or something?? or any sort of gift??? Please advise……
Post # 3
I’m not using a travel agent, but yes it’s just her job. She makes her money off of your trip so it is in her best interest to get your rooms booked.
If you are very pleased with her, you should give her referrals so that she can get more business. Maybe bring her a souvenier from your trip? Or just send a thank you card in the mail. Those are all nice things, but none of it is required bc it’s her job.
Post # 4
@LauraRose: I would send her a thank you card after the wedding with a nice personal message letting her know you appreciated her help with everything. Thats what i’m planning to give to mine.
Post # 5
In the history of the world, I doubt anyone has ever been offended by receiving a “well done!” appreciation gift, however small. It may not be necessary, but it’s thoughtful. But also spread the word-of-mouth!! We’re planning to give restaurant gift certificates in similar situations.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies! I think I will, I just didnt want to offend anyone or anything like that. @bythebook that makes sense, everyone likes a “Job well done” now and then :o)
Post # 7
A formal thank you sent to her company and referals will be way more valuable than any other gift. That bein said a gift certificate is always nice.
Post # 8
I would send a thank you card and let her supervisor know you are pleased.
Post # 9
The hotels I use to work for, paid a 10% commission to travel agents off the entire room portion of the bill.
I have noticed in my 14 years for working in management with Hotels – Reservations and Front Desk – that travel agents do not always find the best discount…. Sometimes the best rates are not commissionable.
If you found a great travel agent, good for you! I would send a thank you card and maybe a small gift for going above and beyond! It is rare these days to truely find individuals that give amazing service! That should be rewarded.