Simply put, experience, connections, access and assurance.
The firsthand experience of a travel agent is second to none. Agents have been there, done that and will give you the best advice on how to get the most out of your trip.
The connections an agent makes are the keys to providing you with a memorable holiday experience. These connections allow agents to beat any other prices (on line too), provide room upgrades, the ability to make hard-to-get reservations, arrange guided tours, and act as concierge.
Agents take into consideration your preferences, likes, dislikes, special needs, and will create a journey customized to you.
Even though most agents charge a fee, travel agents can save you money, often a lot of money!
You can certainly plan a vacation yourself, however, if you are planning a complex itinerary or air travel, want to stay in high-end hotels, need a guide, are seeking the services of a local expert, or planning a trip to a destination that is unfamiliar, a travel agent is your best resource to make your trip a success and help you avoid making a costly mistake.
Still not convinced?
Stuff happens! Travel agents help you through the stuff. Miss your plane and need to make a new connection? Your travel agent is the one person on whom you can rely to sort through the muck and get you to where you need to be.