Part 14 Of Series: 101 Reasons To Use A Travel Agent
My business partner sent me an email forwarded from another party regarding deep discounted rooms in the Dominican Republic. The rooms were jaw dropping 90% off of their rates; which equated to approximately $20.00 a night. Upon further perusing, I reviewed the fine print and came up with well over several hundred dollars of associated fees; so while the price was still very inexpensive, it was not the $20.00 that was advertised.
The same thing happens with deep discounted cruise rates you will see online or in snail mailings too. There will be a rate for 3-7 nights showing a ridiculously low price of $199/$299/$399; however, once the port surcharges, and additional fees are added, those ratchet the prices up several hundred dollars more. Again, even with the additional charges, some of these rates are still significantly less than other prices; but, more often than not, the cruise lines who have the these deep discounts are not the upper echelon of the cruise industry. Again it goes to the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” While there are countless people who have and will continue to take a discounted cruise on a lower class ship, there are those who will chose to add more to their budget in order to obtain a higher level of service, food and overall experience.
Difference in Days to Save Money - Instead of playing around with dates on the internet for hours your travel agent can advise you on any changes to your travel dates that might save you hundreds of dollars.
Staying In-the-Know of Daily Promotions - Travel agents get emails and faxes of daily money saving promotions.
Enhancing the Trip With Extra Amenities -Your travel specialist may be able to arrange for those little extras like a bottle of champagne to be waiting in your room when you arrive.
Using Clout in Impossible Situations - Whether it is air line seats, cruise reservations, or overbooked activities travel experts have more buying power than the average consumer.
Clarifying the Fine Print - Your travel agent can advise you of all the cancellation penalties and restrictions hidden in the fine print of your travel documents.
Detailed Itineraries - Your travel expert can help you plan your trip out day- by- day to give you a good mix of fun and relaxation.
*Source Information from ASTA