When planning to travel either with family, friends or just alone, it is advisable to use a travel agent. There are so many benefits of using a travel agent including better deals on hotels and planes, which will lead to you saving some money. The problem most travelers are facing is settling for one agent, from the many available, you are not sure which agent is better than the other one. Below are points that can help you in knowing what to look out for when searching for a travel agent.
Reputable travel agents are a members of several travel agent association in your state. Before you get accreditation from these associations, they must vet you first, if you meet all their standards they then accredit you. These association also do some form of training for all their members. With such an agent, you are sure they are legit.
Next, consider if the travel agency is local or international. It is advisable to always go for a local agent, with such an agent you can have a face to face meeting with them. Communication with a local agent is much easier, since you get to meet up with them and give detailed information on what you are looking for this may not be possible over the phone. Some important information may be left out with international agents since the communication is mainly on phone and email.
It is advisable to have a meeting with the various agents, you can either go to their office or have a meeting in a mutual place. Don’t settle for the first agent you get, look for others you may end up getting one with better offers. You can compile some questions to ask them, such as how long they have been doing this business. There are numerous benefits of dealing with an agent has been in the business for long including better packages. Also, ask the agent how much fees they charge, different agents will charge different fees. Go for the agent with the best packages and affordable fees.
Another thing you should look out for is the reputation of the travel agent. Do a background check on the agency. The internet is a great place of getting reviews and past customer testimonies. If you find an agent with so many complains from their past clients you should avoid dealing with it.
Does the agent have available customer service team that you can get in touch with? In case you want to find out something about the agent, their customer service team should be available to help you.