The American Society of Travel Agents has accumulated a list of 101 reasons to use a professional travel consultant. We have highlighted some of the more pertinent reasons below:
Convenient One-Stop Shopping
Travel consultants can handle every aspect of your trip from airline tickets to lodging, ground transportation, activities, tours and more.
If you should have a problem during your trip, travel consultants can act on your behalf to see that proper restitution are made.
Travel consultants are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and in helping to create possibilities most people never would have dreamed were possible.
Avoid the headaches and let the travel consultant call around and do all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary.
Travel consultants offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final travel decisions.
Planning a trip can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about. Travel consultants do the work, resulting in less stress for you.
Travel consultants are constantly communicating with the travel community, thus giving you the most up to date info on airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, travel visas, and other travel services to consider as you plan your trip.
Travel consultants offer that “personal touch” to your travel planning experience – offering help and advice that a website cannot provide.
Best Value for Your Money Spent
Travel consultants can help you to make your dollars go farther while you are away. They have access to finding all sorts of deals ranging from flights to hotels to dinner recommendations.
Location, Location, Location!!!!
Travel Specialists can help you to find a place to stay pretty much anywhere you desire. If it’s a hotel with a view of the ocean in Hawaii or a jungle hut in the Nilgiri foothills, a travel consultant can help you make it happen.
Travel consultants attend all sorts of seminars and classes to prepare themselves for trip requests like yours.
Travel consultants can give you a list of all the not-to-miss spots: such as amusement parks, museums, nature preserves, and historical locations.
Avoid International Flight Confusion
Travel specialists can help organize those confusing international flights that Internet search engines don’t cover.
Where to Go With Kids
Travel consultants can help you to find great locations that are kid- friendly.
Something has come up and you need to cancel your trip? If you have used a travel consultant they are the only person you need to call.
With all the countless options for travel insurance these days, it can become confusing. A travel consultant can help you pick which package works best for your needs.
A travel consultant can prepare you a personalized trip based on where you want to go and what you want to do.
Where to Go to Avoid Kids
Want to go somewhere without children running all over the place? A travel consultant can help you to find excellent retreats that are open to adults only.
Some travel consultants are an excellent go-to source for students looking to go on discounted trips.
Travel experts can help to recommend great once in a lifetime experiences. They can help you to find the best/safest shark cages to dive into and the highest free-fall bungee to jump off.
Great Deals without Sitting at a Time Share Presentation
Want an affordable trip to Florida without having to sit through a timeshare presentation? A travel consultant can help you to exceptional deals without the stipulations.
Busiest Travel Times to Avoid
If you want a quiet trip, travel experts know what dates you should avoid and can help you plan your trip accordingly.
Avoid Unexpected Expenses
Travel consultants will be able to inform you about expenses you will incur on your trip, even ones you might never expect.
Exchange Rate Knowledge
Travel consultants are knowledgeable of the countries where your dollar can go further.
Useful Travel Books to Have with You
A travel expert can give you advice on what travel books are the most useful to have with you. Some of these books list restaurants, customs, and small amounts of the local language.
List of Not-to-Miss Places
Travel specialists can give you a great list of not-to-miss hikes, waterfalls, and cliffs that may or may not be published elsewhere.
What to Wear
Many restaurants have different types of dress codes. If you are interested in dining at specific places on your trip, your travel expert can advise you on appropriate dress wear for the occasion.
What Not to Wear
Travel consultants can help you to be in the know of local dress code restrictions. So if a thong is part of your favorite beachwear, you should know that they are illegal in places like the Isle of Palms.
Someone to Call if Having a Problem During Your Trip
An online travel agency is not going to answer the phone when you call with any complications during your trip. A travel consultant continues to give you that personal support even while you are away.
Small Intercontinental Flights Delayed – What to do?
Travel consultants can help you find somewhere to stay when you are left helpless at an airport overnight due to flight delays.
Saves You Precious Time on Your Trip
To avoid 36 hours in the airport, your travel expert can help plan your trip so your time spent getting to where you want to go is the shortest it can be.
Travel consultants are extremely useful if you are planning a trip to a known weather troubled area such as the hurricane plagued Caribbean islands. In the event of a natural disaster, your travel consultant can work to immediately reschedule or cancel your trip so there are no worries for you.
Complicated Itineraries Made Simple
Travel experts can take care of all the details for those complicated around the world itineraries and all the extra headaches that go with them, such as hotel and transportation along the way.
Special Needs Travelers
Travel specialists can prearrange any wheelchair or special need that someone in your travel party may have. They can also take the time to make sure your reserved accommodations are safe and easily accessible for the special needs traveler.
What to Pack
Some activities you choose to partake in may require different layers of clothing throughout the day. Your travel consultant can advise you on what to bring. A bike trip down an extinct volcano in Hawaii for example, may require you to start out with jackets and wool socks, but when you get to the bottom you may be down to shorts and a tank top.
Let Them Wait on Hold
By using a travel consultant you no longer have to wait on hold and talk to automated systems while trying to book different parts of your trip.
If the airline you are scheduled to use goes on strike or bankrupt while you are traveling, your travel consultant can work to find you alternate travel means while you continue to relax at the hotel.
Transportation in Smaller Countries
Travel consultants can arrange all your transportation and travel needs, especially in those smaller countries where you may not know if cabs or van services are safe.
Group Hotel Reservations
Travel consultants can help to keep everyone in your group on the same floor at a hotel.
Charter Private Boating Trips
Travel specialists can help you to avoid paying top dollar for chartered snorkeling or fishing trips for large groups. They can often find great deals for large groups who want to do personalized tours.
Special Deals Worked Out in Advance
Travel consultants may have a relationship with certain tour operators and could be able to get you a special price that might not otherwise be available.
Not all 5 star hotels are treated equally. Many times photos are outdated and information about the hotel you are considering may not be true. Travel consultants can make sure that what you are seeing beforehand is what you get.
What You Can Buy Later
New airline restrictions make packing for long trips hard. Travel experts can give you advice on what you might be able to purchase while you are on your trip to avoid having excess weight in your luggage beforehand.
If you should have any questions after booking your trip, you know how to reach your travel consultant and can avoid the confusing FAQ section on a website.
You Know How to Reach Them When You Need Them
Problems at the airport? Reservation issues at the hotel? Your travel consultant is a phone call away from getting your problem solved.
Tips and Tricks
How early do you really need to be at the airport? What are the quickest ways to get through security? Your travel expert can advise you of the airport security levels the day of your trip and any new security checkpoints you may have to worry about.
Is the Upgrade Worth It?
Your travel expert can help you save money by helping you decide if certain upgrades at hotels are really worth the extra money.
Difference in Days to Save Money
Instead of playing around with dates on the Internet for hours, your travel consultant can advise you on any changes to your travel dates that might save you hundreds of dollars.
Staying In-the-Know of Daily Promotions
Travel consultants get emails and faxes of daily money saving promotions.
Enhancing the Trip with Extra Amenities
Your travel specialist may be able to arrange for those little extras- like a bottle of champagne to be waiting in your room when you arrive.
Using Clout in Impossible Situations
Whether it is airline seats, cruise reservations, or overbooked activities travel experts have more buying power than the average consumer.
Clarifying the Fine Print
Your travel consultant can advise you of all the cancellation penalties and restrictions hidden in the fine print of your travel documents.
Your travel expert can help you plan out your trip day- by -day to give you a good mix of fun and relaxation.
Advice on Activities to Book Beforehand
A travel expert can forewarn you of any activities that tend to sell out early so there are no unexpected disappointments when you are there. For example, character dining in Disney sells out months in advance.
General Ideas on Where to Go
A travel expert can offer excellent trip advice based on the details of what type of trip you want to take. Internet booking sites tend to require a destination up front.
A Trip to Nowhere…Sort of
Want to get away to somewhere that is not normally a vacation hot spot? Your travel specialist can help you find that perfect place.
Great Singles Trips
A travel consultant can help find you exciting singles trips and cruises.
What to Pack
Your travel expert can give you great advice on what to pack to those exotic destinations.
Higher Productivity Benefits
You have your trip planned while you are hard at work in the office.
You Get to be the Boss
You get to tell someone what to do for a change.
Great Group Trips
Trying to organize a trip for big group of people? A travel expert can help get all the details finalized and update everyone in the group.
They Are Considered Travel Experts and Specialists
Wouldn’t you rather have a travel expert plan your trip rather than a pre-programmed website?
It just Makes Sense to Use a Travel Consultant.
They’re Out There… Use Them
Why do the work if someone else like a travel specialist can?
Even if the Internet Goes Down Your Trip Can Still Be Planned
Your travel consultant is still getting your trip planned even if your Internet at home or at the office is not working.
Back-up Distributor of Documents
You can give your travel consultant a copy of all your travel documents so if anything were to get lost you have someone to call that can send copies.
It is Their Job
Travel consultants actually work to get different accreditations to increase their qualifications as a travel expert.
Travel Consultants Must Be Doing Something Right. They Sure Have a lot of Business
Travel consultants still sell 51 percent of all airline tickets, 87 percent of all cruises, 81 percent of all tours and packages, 45 percent of all car rentals and about 47 percent of all hotels. *
Don’t Like Letter Writing?
A good travel consultant will send a letter to the airline or hotel for you if you should have a bad flight or poor service at a hotel.
Sound Important When Talking About Your Trip
After a bragging about a great trip to coworkers or the neighbors, and they ask how you got all those details organized you can say, “My consultant did it.”
Travel experts can help you to create a budget to stick to while you are on your trip, so you can have a good time and not break the bank.
Good Airport Hangouts
Travel consultants travel a lot. They can probably help you figure out what to do with that extra time you have in an airport after getting through security.
Altering Your Travel Arrangements
If you have already booked your trip but want to change some details your travel agency can help get all the necessary steps done, leaving you without the headache and confusion.
It Makes Traveling Easy
Once you find a good travel consultant, your dream vacation is just a phone call away.