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Travel Agency Myths - 10 Myths About Travel Agents

1. Myth: All Travel Agents and Agencies are the Same.

Fact: Every travel agent is different and has a different area that they specialize in. So, depending on what type of trip you are looking to take, one travel agent will suit you better than another. A&E Travel focuses most of our attention on custom honeymoon planning. This is why you should feel comfortable allowing us to design your first of many vacations together as husband and wife.

2. Myth: No One Uses Travel Agents Anymore.

Fact: Travel agents still sell 51 percent of all airline tickets, 87 percent of all cruises, 81 percent of all tours and packages, 45 percent of all car rentals and about 47 percent of all hotels.*

3. Myth: Travel Agents are Trying to Cheat Me if They Don’t Quote Me the Cheapest Price.

Fact: Travel agents know the ins and outs of different itineraries. While you might find one that is a little bit cheaper, that cheaper itinerary might involve a whole slew of headaches. For example, longer waits at the airport and odd travel times. A&E Travel will be looking to get you the best value for the money you spend which should include the most direct and time friendly itinerary we can find. – Unless you have told us you would prefer to have the cheaper options presented as well, you can expect value to be a factor included in the trip we plan.

4. Myth: It is Expensive to Use a Travel Agent.

Fact: The fee a travel agent charges really depends upon the agent. At A&E Travel, our fees, if any, will be quite marginal. For the quality of service we provide, you will not find a better value. Also, it is important to remember that a lot of online booking sites charge a booking fee as well.

5. Myth: I Can Easily Book the Same Trip on My Own Without Using A Travel Agent.

Fact: Although A&E Travel has access to all of the same outlets you would use when looking to book travel, we also have access to exclusive pricing and package deals that are most times not available to the public. A&E Travel also has more leverage in helping out in situations such as hotels claiming to be booked, when in fact they may still have rooms available that are on hold for travel agents reservations. So when everyone else is telling you “No,” A&E Travel can help turn that to a “Yes.”

6. Myth: Travel Agents Don’t Have Updated Internet Information.

Fact: Travel agents obtain some of their information from the same sources as online booking sites. At A&E Travel, we even receive daily emails and faxes with new specials from resorts and hotels that may not be published on the internet. We can also call a place directly to see if they can work out other kinds of special deals for you, something an online site can’t do.

7. Myth: Travel Agents Are a Waste of Time.

Fact: Although you can find much of the same information that the travel agent provides for you on your own, you are going to spend a lot of valuable time doing so. A&E Travel can actually save you from hours of painful research and price comparison shopping. We have up to date prices, hotel conditions, and interesting new activities. Our prior knowledge and experience gives us the upper hand in trip planning.

8. Myth: Travel Agents Have Lost Their Clout.

Fact: Travel agents book hotels, cruises, and activities every day. The companies that provide these services know that and want our business and will work to keep that business coming back. So while a place might be telling you “Sorry we are booked,” for your one time trip, they may be more likely to make an exception for the travel agent to insure that the agent sends them more business in the future.

9. Myth: Good Travel Agents are Hard to Find.

Fact: While there are some below par travel agents out there, A&E Travel has and will continue to ensure our clients’ satisfaction!

10. Myth: Travel Agents Can Only Book My Flight and Hotel.

Fact: A&E Travel is dedicated to ensuring your entire vacation is a pleasant experience. We can arrange car service, personalized tours and activities, in addition to all the basic travel services we provide. We will also be an excellent source for you for information such as dining options, what to pack, sites to see, etc.

*Source: American Society of Travel Agents

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