(Closed) Disadvantages of using a travel agent?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve used a travel agent for booking a China tour before.  I thought it was just easier and if I remember correctly, they were able to give me a better price than if I were to book on my own.  Sometimes I think they may be able to buy packages in bulk and sell them cheaper and still make a profit (though this was years ago).   The only other time I attempted to go to a travel agent was to check out flights, i didnt end up using them because I found the exact same flight on expedia, and they were trying to charge me a $40/person booking fee.  I think it’s worth checking to see what they can offer and compare it to the research you’ve done. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@pinkshoes: They charge for flights because they literally get no commission on flights- so it’s like they are doing the work for free.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i dont think our travel agent charged for anything! … it wont hurt to look into it 🙂 we had a great experience

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wish we would have used a travel agent. I thought that I could get a deal by myself, in a place that looked beautiful and had 4/5 stars. Uh, I was completely wrong. We spent a lot for such a crappy honeymoon. Next time we go anywhere I’ll definitely be using a travel agent.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i usually prefer to use a travel agent because im too lazy to deal with planning layovers and multiple stops/hotels in foreign countries. i know i could save money doing it ourselves but i cant be bothered with the stress but i think you need to educate yourself on travel options to guide the agent

our last trip, agent #1 had us have a layover in singpore but wanted us to go thru immigration/customs, collect 120lbs of scuba and photography equipment, travel into the city for 6hrs at a hotel and then reverse the net morning for our flight.  another agent suggested using the transit hotel (a hotel inside the airport) and we didnt have to leave the hotel or deal with luggage – much better, more comfortable and saved us money. ive also noticed some prefered hotels are not to my liking – i booked a trip via Amex travel and the hotel they wanted me to stay in was a dive in comparrison to what we chose

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You can talk to the travel agent and have them put together a proposal and that service is free.  Then they make money off commission if you do buy something and it’s invisible to you.  It doesn’t hurt to go, and don’t feel bad if you don’t want to purchase from them either.  If it so happens that they do amazing work and get you a great deal a dream trip, then it’s a win-win.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hi date twin!!

We are going to Italy, so it’s a different trip but we are working with a strict budget as well. I was determined to get the most of my money.

Go, check him out. We visited a TA first and found it very educational. He gave us some direction as to what would work best for our trip. After we went, I did my own research online. I found cheaper flights and what I think are better hotels all for less than his quote. I found tripadvisor.com very helpful. There are tons of reviews and you can see their photos. I ended up finding the best prices by booking thru the hotels directly.

Also, if you have AAA or even an AMEX card, they have travel services that can help you.

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