(Closed) Is a travel agent needed?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Depends on where you are going.

If you are traveling somewhere “touristy” and staying in globally recognized hotel chains then you are probably fine to book everything yourself.

However, I like to have a “corporate office” so if things go wrong you have some course of action beside Mom&Pop hotel on unknown island.

Even when I went to Bali and stayed in local resorts…. we didn’t use a travel agent.  I just didn’t find the value.

Post # 4
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2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It is not needed for most places, but I am LOVING using one. And I am a very DIY, figure it out myself, do all kinds of research online kind of girl.

We are going to Sandals in Jamaica, so no big deal there. We are using a travel agent. It is awesome because:

– Exactly the same price as if we booked ourselves online, but we’ve actually gotten the price reduced because the travel agent gets the price changed if it goes down at all between now and when we pay the final balance (this has happened twice).

– We didn’t have to do ANY paperwork, filling forms out, etc. She took care of it all.

– TAs, especially for all-inclusives, have relationships with the resorts and their clients are often the first to get upgraded to keep the TA happy.

– Helped us narrow down which resort would be best for us, it was actually kind of confusing.

– Has kept us updated on any changes (our flight times changed).

– Will be our resource should ANYTHING go wrong while we are traveling.

I was a huge skeptic, but I am now a convert! It might be different for different types of trips, but using a TA isn’t costing us anything additional. They are a marketing arm for the all-inclusives. Not using her would have been silly.

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