When I announced to my friends and family that I decided to become a travel agent, most of them were surprised that it was even still a viable career choice! They asked me who is still using a travel agent vs booking online for themselves! But it’s just one of the amazing options for online travel jobs! But, they ain’t wrong. Travel is becoming more prevalent than ever, and with access to the wonderful world of the internet, everyone is becoming their own travel agent. However, I’m here to say that there are still quite a few benefits to using a travel agent in this digital world.
The Main Difference Between Using a Travel Agent vs Booking OnlineNo matter how, where, or why you book a trip, someone is earning money (commission). If you book straight from the company, the company keeps it (or if you call, the person you talk to gets it). If you book online at a site like booking.com or skyscanner.com, that site makes the commission. And if you book through a delightful human travel agent like me, I/we make the commission. But did you know that sites like Booking, Skyscanner, Expedia, Hotels etc are all in fact “travel agents”? Oh yeah. But here’s the kicker…
*You’re doing all the work*And that’s fine for some people! Some people (cough cough, me, cough) really love planning and doing research. In that case, I’m going to say something that’s really counter to growing my business… maybe you don’t need a travel agent. This brings me to the main difference between using a travel agent and booking online yourself. It comes down to who do you want to do the grunt work? A travel agent will do the searching for you and present you with options vs doing it yourself has you doing the work.
Are There Any Benefits to Using a Travel Agent?There are several! Let’s break the benefits of using a travel agent into some categories.
- Experience of the locations
- Experience in planning
- Inside scoop on sales and promotions