AAA: Can a travel agent outsmart your laptop?

Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 08:54:30-05

Picture a travel agent’s office, and what do you see? If you’ve cooked up images of rotary phones or the hissing sound of a dial-up Internet connection, think again. A recent study by the American Society of Travel Agents pointed to Millennials, as the generation most likely to use a travel agent.

AAA Travel experts offer four reasons why enlisting an agent for your next vacation might be the best way to plan:

Finding the deals:  A travel agent is able to look at base fares the public isn’t able to see, often helping you get better deals and higher quality excursions, transportation, or hotels for your money. Plus, with a travel agent, you know you’re working with reputable vendors. And those hours you would have spent booking and comparing promotions? Consider them yours again.

Money saving planning: If you’re a AAA member, there’s no charge for booking tours or cruises through AAA Travel. Other fees are minimal for members (often less than the fees you’ll pay when using online booking engines), and unlike many online booking engines, AAA Travel agents will always be transparent about any fees they charge.

No trip too short: Even for a short trip, a travel agent’s expertise can help you find better deals and escape the crowds and lines. An agent can provide tickets for popular attractions in advance, as well as information on interesting, off-the-beaten-path attractions you may not have considered including in your itinerary.

Still in charge: The purpose of a travel agent today isn’t to do all the dreaming for you. Their role is to get to know you, find out what you’re looking for in a dream trip, and combine this knowledge with their expertise to help you get the most value for your time and money.

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