Here are a few tips:
- Look for the right certification. If the agent is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) (www.asta.org), that’s a promising sign.
- If at all possible, stay local. There’s no substitute for the personal touch.
- Interview the agent.
- Find out how they react under pressure.
- 1 Does it cost more to use a travel agent?
- 2 What are the 4 types of travel agents?
- 3 What are the disadvantages of using a travel agent?
- 4 Do you tip travel agents?
- 5 What is a travel agent salary?
- 6 What products do travel agents sell?
- 7 What are the 5 A’s of tourism?
- 8 Are travel agents a good idea?
- 9 Why use a travel agent instead of booking online?
- 10 Do travel agents make good money?
- 11 Do travel agents get free vacations?
- 12 How do I pay my travel agent?
- 13 What’s the benefit of using a travel agent?
Does it cost more to use a travel agent?
Not at all! The cost of using a travel agent is generally marginal, and oftentimes they won’t charge you at all. Much of their money comes from the hotels and wholesalers they do business with. Before you consult an agent, be sure you first inquire about fees.
What are the 4 types of travel agents?
Call centre travel agents. Internet travel agents. Independent travel agents. Multiple travel agents.
What are the disadvantages of using a travel agent?
Cons: Travel agents don’t always present the cheapest option. If you are price sensitive, the best option is to book online directly with the service provider. While agents can add perks and value add-ons, they don’t come cheap (think service fee and commission margins).
Do you tip travel agents?
A general rule of thumb followed by many is to leave 15 percent for average service, 20 percent for great service, and more than 20 percent for service that truly made the meal memorable. It gets a bit grayer when you talk about how – and if – to tip for truly inattentive service.
What is a travel agent salary?
The BLS currently lists the average travel agent salary in 2019 as $44,690 with a range of $23,360 and $69,420 dividing the lower to upper 10% of travel agents. These results are similar to our most recent income report. We found an average income of $44,312 for hosted travel agents with 3+ years experience.
What products do travel agents sell?
Travel agents offer a wide range of products and services, they fall under eight categories: information on holidays and travel, booking traditional package holidays, booking a tailor-made holiday or a dynamic package holiday, ancillary services/sale, booking flights – Scheduled and charter and booking accommodation.
What are the 5 A’s of tourism?
These key elements are known as the 5 A’s: Access, Accommodation, Attractions, Activities, and Amenities.
Are travel agents a good idea?
Travel agents are useful if you’re doing a very costly or complex trip, planning a honeymoon or something fancy, or traveling with a large group. They are also perfect for people who just don’t want to handle a big, complicated trip themselves. Travel agents offer them peace of mind.
Why use a travel agent instead of booking online?
Why use a travel agent instead of booking online? Simply put, you’ll have a better trip, without the stress of planning your trip alone. A travel agent can accommodate your interests, budget and time frame with their wealth of knowledge and expertise to make sure that you get the most out of your trip.
Do travel agents make good money?
The pay isn’t necessarily exorbitant—the median income is $38,700 a year, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, but according to Pindar, it can actually be much higher. “Agents make anywhere from $50K to $100K on the low end and up to $250K to $500K annually,” says Pindar.
Do travel agents get free vacations?
In truth, most of the time, travel agents don’t get free travel although they sometimes get discounts or a chance to keep the commission they would get on their own travel plans. Convention properties give them a cheaper trip to let them learn about their property on a working vacation.
How do I pay my travel agent?
The commission is paid to the travel agent. For most trips, the vendor pays commission to the travel agent after the client has traveled. For most cruises, the travel agent is paid their commission after final payment (typically about 60-90 days before the sailing).
What’s the benefit of using a travel agent?
What are the benefits of using a travel agent? Using a travel agent can save clients time, stress, and even money. Sometimes travel agents actually have better access to deals that aren’t available to the general public. Or, they may know about an upcoming sale that can help clients save money.