Published on April 7th, 2011 | by Emma Hackwood


Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent


With the endless amounts of online travel booking engines, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of deals and travel reviews. We often get asked ‘why should I book through a travel agent?’ So our flightie Samantha , from the Yonge and Eglinton Store in Toronto put together 5 good reasons to have a professional take care of your travel bookings:

1. Experience:

Travel Agents make their living knowing all the steps of the travel booking process – from initial planning of when and where to go, which wholesaler or airline to go with, to which tour operator best suits you and your lifestyle. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. There’s nothing worse than finding that special ‘deal’ you got online isn’t that special after all. We as Travel Agents are enthused about travel. We not only have first hand experience and reviews on destinations, but we also have reviews from clients that we have sent to a particular destination, which means that we can tell you what’s great about each resort or country to help you plan your dream trip! Just take a look at some of our experiences here on the blog!

2. Travel Insurance:

No one likes to think about something going wrong on their trip, but the reality is that stuff happens. Travel Agents know everything there is to know about travel insurance, meaning that you will be informed as to which travel insurance plan best suits you. In Ontario, buying from a travel agency that is registered with TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) will assure that you can purchase travel products knowing that you are protected. When you book with an Ontario Travel Agent, you are covered by TICO in the event that your airline or cruise line goes bankrupt. The Travel Industry Act of 2002 also protects against fraudulent claims, which means that you can rest assured that you will get the trip you paid for.

3. We Do the Work For You:

Life is hectic enough as is, who has time to search everywhere for the best deals, reviews, make bookings for flights, hotels, tours, train reservations and travel insurance? We do! Take a load of stress off your plate and let a Travel Agent do the dirty work for you! We’ll keep you in in the loop during the entire process and ensure that the options we send your way meet all of your needs.

4. We’ve Got Your Back:

We work for you, not the travel companies. Travel Agents do not sell you anything you don’t need. We are here to assist you in booking your dream holiday and will go to great lengths to ensure your trip is as memorable as can be. Nothing is more satisfying for us than having a happy client who has nothing but good things to say about their trip and their agent!

5. We’re in the Know:

Travel Agents have all of the inside scoop on the deals within the travel industry. If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, a Travel Agent is the way to go. We work within the parameters of your budget and will be on the lookout for savings in any way possible for you. We can inform you when the best time to travel is – because sometimes switching your dates by one day can save you hundreds of dollars! Flight Centre also has the Lowest Airfare Guarantee and the Price Beat Guarantee which means that in the event you DO find something cheaper, we can beat it!

Still not convinced? Have some more questions? Contact one of our agents to learn more. We’ve got the travel bug just as much as you do.  Happy travels!


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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.

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