Travel Agents Still A Thing?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Busy bee

trishthedish23 :  Yes they are still a thing and a wealth of information when planning a honeymoon! My sister’s got her deals and perks better than any internet site, but also guided her in honeymoon location based on where was in season and out of season. You don’t need a travel agent for an all-inclusive week in the carribbean, but if you are doing a big trip to Europe, Asia, Africa or Latin America with multiple cities…no other way than through a travel agent!

Post # 17
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Busy bee

I used a travel agent for my trip to Thailand and he booked flights and hotels for 2/3 cities that we ended up staying in. I don’t regret it. I shied away from a travel agent at first because of price but it seemed like the prices were comparable to booking everything myself. 

The reason why he didn’t book my entire trip was because I started planning myself before I got frustrated and asked for help. My agent made a lot of good suggestions including some I probably wouldn’t have found myself. It seems like my travel agent used some kind of special Expedia account when booking hotels. I checked the prices using my own account and the price ended up the same but he got me a couple of free hotel perks that I didn’t even see. 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We use a travel agent when we’ve got a more complicated trip, and just do it ourselves when we plan one destination holidays. I love travel agents – probably because I’m getting to the age where if someone’s willing to do the work for me then go for it… complicated flights and transfers are beyond tedious, I’d much rather someone else do it if stopovers/fligth paths are difficult. 

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper

trishthedish23 :  We use them for work to book outside people.  But I never used them for personal business

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We planned our honeymoon with a travel agent and she definitely helped us safe money and we were in a great resort.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

Still a thing! The first ever trip that I payed for and “planned” myself was done through a travel agent to make it easier for me. Thank god too. I had so much planned and would have lost my head if it weren’t for them. I think if you are doing something relatively simple, you might not necessarily need one though. 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

trishthedish23 :  My husband used a travel agent before we met so he continued to use him for our trips together. He’s more familiar with the Caribbean and certain resorts (Sandals, but he has booked us in non-Sandals resorts) so we did not use him for our upcoming Western Mediterranean cruise. We booked with Royal Caribbean International and they have plenty of reps that can walk you through everything, so it’s like having a travel agent through them. We also used their Air2Sea program to book our flights because they did actually have cheaper rates than what I was finding on my own. So I do prefer and appreciate the help of an agent because then I don’t have to worry about all of the logistics. 

Post # 23
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Using a travel agent for our honeymoon in Bora Bora, everything is figured out for me and we are also getting a lot of the honeymoon amendities and extra stuff. 

Post # 24
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Newbee

I am a travel agent – yes still a thing and can get some huge perks and extras, depending on what you want in your holiday. They are great when you are on an ultra budget because they know the clean, comfortable and affordable options and then for luxury and high end – they have relationships that can’t be replicated so the guests get little bonuses. Not always. If you have a stock standard trip in very standard hotels, then the hotel probably feels it doesn’t have to go the extra mile because every other standard holiday will include their standard hotel. 
If there is a lot of compeition then you may be rewarded because the agent referred you there.

One of the biggest things to note is a travel agent can have you VIP’d as a guest booking you can’t do that for yourself. If you are a member of a hotel chain and high up then you have earned the right to be a vip but outside of that.

As a travel agent, I have booked my own trips where I held and responsbile for the flights for all the guests, booked as we drove across Canada and our next trip is to French Polynesia and I used a wholesaler so they are holidng all the flights, hotels, transfers and I don’t need to worry about anything. I don’t have to fix anything if there is a delay – I can just email them and they will fix up everything 🙂 

So much less stress. As an agent I am super fussy but I hate raising any issues, using a wholesaler means if there is an issue I can complain to them and not feel terrible.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

trishthedish23 :  I’ve been a travel agent for 20 years, both leisure and corporate. We still exist lol.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

trishthedish23 :  If it’s a honeymoon, best to leave it in the hands of a travel agent.  I’ve only ever used them and there’s something about them handling and looking after all details, absolutely everything, that I appreciate.

Post # 27
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Busy bee

it really depends on the holiday you’re planning. If it is a holiday with many stops then absolutely. If I was doing a trip around Europe with many different countries than absolutely. However for my honeymoon in Hawaii, we havent. We have booked flights, a car & hotel directly. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee

I have a few friends who used one when booking their honeymoons so they didn’t have worry about logistics and honestly they felt like they weren’t worth it

Post # 29
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Helper bee

Haha! Yes they are totally a thing, but I’m sure their business is suffering now unfortunately. My parents use a travel agent every time they go to India to find the best deals on flights. The only reason we didn’t for our honeymoon was because we wanted to customize our itinerary and I felt like it would be a lot of 3-way calling and a hassle. 

PS – Woot, Chicagoland bees represent!

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