I’ve been a travel agent for almost six years. And I’m new to blogging, this is my first one ever, so bear with me. Previous to this, I was (and still am) a Licensed Customs Broker. I spent 30 plus years working at JFK Airport, assisting customers with the clearance and delivery of their international packages. I thought, if I could move cargo, I can move people and it has to be more fun!!!
And it is!!! There is nothing more satisfying then planning the perfect adventure for someone. Convincing them to use a travel agent, instead of doing it on their own can be a daunting task. Most people think they can get it cheaper on the internet. And maybe so, sometimes! If your just booking air to visit grandma, go ahead do it on your own, nothing difficult or special about it. You may even think if your booking something like “just a cruise” you can do it on your own. Yes, you can! But did you know that a travel agent may have special deals, fares, amenities that they can offer you. Sometimes, even upgrades are available through a travel agent, that you wouldn’t be able to secure yourself. It would never ever hurt you to ask a travel agent for their help.
Most (not all), but most agents, in most cases do not charge a planning fee or research fee (more on this topic later). Travel Agents are paid by the cruise line, hotel, resort, wholesaler, tour operator. It does not add to the cost of your vacation at all!!! Again, I must say – that using a travel agent will get you more bang for your buck then you can get on your own. Travel Agents, in most cases, are not paid until your trip is completed.
I’ve made mistakes (as all travel agents have) but my clients would never know it, well except for my son – when I first started I booked him and his wife on a trip from New York to Florida – he was extremely perplexed while on his flight TO Florida, why he was getting text’s from JetBlue telling him to check-in for his return flight. Well, his mother (the travel agent) booked his flight going and coming on the same day!!!! Luckily, I was able to fix it without any costs.
So, here’s my plan with my new blog – every week I will share something new – it maybe about a destination, it maybe travel tips, it may some interesting Travel Agent stories, but it will be new and entertaining and I hope you will enjoy it