One reason many travelers don’t use a travel advisor is concern about the cost. Surely hiring a professional to do something as basic as booking a flight and a hotel is a waste of money? Isn’t it cheaper to do it yourself online?
But what many fail to realize is that planning a vacation is so much more than booking flights and hotels! To ensure a smooth, enjoyable vacation, other factors should be accounted for. Things like transfers, layover times, upgrades, and airline service categories are afterthoughts for many travelers. But hiring a travel advisor will ensure that every detail is handled correctly, ensuring a seamless trip.
Benefits Outweigh the Costs
The benefits of using a travel planner far outweigh the costs. Even if you’re working with a travel advisor who charges a fee like CCTP (check out the cost of traveling with CCTP here!), the cost of hiring a travel advisor is minimal when compared to the disadvantages of booking travel yourself. Here are a few of the benefits of hiring a travel advisor:
• You know we’re not upselling you for more commission.
Some travel advisors work solely on commission, but the most professional ones charge fees. These fees allow advisors like Cultivating Connections Travel Planners to focus on crafting the best trip for you, regardless of the commission structure involved. When we charge planning fees, we’ve already been paid before we even start planning! We don’t need to consider what percentages certain suppliers pay just for the sake of making a few bucks more on the booking. When paid upfront, we’re free to entirely focus on crafting a fantastic experience for you.
• Allowing us to coordinate payment plans saves you time and money.
One of the ways using an agent can save you money is by coordinating payment schedules for your trips. Following an agent’s payment schedule helps you avoid late fees, or even worse, getting booted from your itinerary for failure to pay on time! We can also usually hold space on trips for a small deposit, saving you money on credit card interest.
• We have access to information that’s not readily available online.
Travel advisors have exclusive access to information that is not readily available on the internet. Additionally, professional travel advisors have working partnerships with various luxury resorts and hotels, allowing us to negotiate upgrades and amenities on our clients’ behalf. If you need VIP tickets to an event, reservations at a trendy restaurant, or just want inclusions like Wi-Fi or spa access, travel advisors can use our connections to arrange these things.
• We make group travel planning a breeze.
Travel advisors simplify group travel. Trying to organize rooms or plane tickets for dozens of people on different credit cards can be exhausting. Why not save yourself time and energy by allowing a travel advisor to handle these complex tasks? You should focus on the fun aspects of travel, not the headaches!
• We handle logistics beyond just travel.
When you book with Cultivating Connections Travel Planners, we’re with you through every step of your vacation and beyond! If you run into unexpected challenges while traveling, we’re available to troubleshoot the situation, offering timely and efficient solutions. If you need to file a complaint or make a travel insurance claim post-trip, we can handle those tasks for you. After all, vacations are supposed to be relaxing!
A Travel Advisor Means Worry-Free Travel
Imagine the comfort of knowing there’s always an experienced travel professional in your corner while you’re on vacation. Your travel pro is watching your flight to make sure it lands on time. Your travel pro is keeping tabs on the weather at your tropical resort, ready to make other arrangements if that hurricane decides to turn inland. They’ve organized private transfers to and from the airport--an incredibly valuable perk when you don’t speak the local language.
Although hiring a travel advisor may not save you money with each trip, consider the benefits that come with having a professional on your side. You’ll have better amenities, less stress, flawless execution of plans, and the ultimate peace of mind knowing you’re getting maximum value for your money.
So, in the end, a modest retainer fee is a small price to pay for comfort and luxury during a vacation. You deserve to travel without worry. You deserve to travel the Cultivating Connections Travel Planners way.
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