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Researching your trip online is easy and fun, but when it comes to booking your all-important honeymoon, the advantages of working with a travel agent are countless. A travel consultant can offer you the benefit of our globetrotting experiences; inside lines to discounts not widely advertised; package deals and a range of itinerary options; one-stop shopping for air, car, and hotel reservations; and, last but not least, peace of mind. We are your saviors and advocates when travel plans go awry. Here are nine points to help you find the perfect travel consultants.
1. We highly recommend that you do your homework before searching for an agent, decide what type of trip you're interested in and approximately what you want to spend. The more specific your destination and activity wish list, the less time you'll waste on pipe dreams that are beyond your budget.
3. Don't know where to start?
Look for an agency that is a member in good standing with CLIA/IATA/CCRA like Echevarria Travel. Thousands of agencies in the U.S. and worldwide are members. We do pay a membership fee, and while these organizations does not police its members per se, complaints are investigated and memberships revoked when warranted. Also check who they specialize with, this should be listed on their websites. Check on our About Us Page.
CLIA - Cruise Lines International Association
IATA - International Association of Travel Agents
ASTA - American Society of Travel Agent
Certifications with Tour Suppliers just to name a few:
Sandals Resorts International
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Greece Tourism Board
Jamaica Tourism Board
4. Don't Freak Out About Consultation Fees
Echevarria Travel has been stung by potential clients who "window shop" for agents and itineraries then book the tickets themselves, we have started charging a fee for our services and expertise. This fee varies according to the intricacies of the trip and are waived when the trip is booked or included in the final quote. If you trust and like us, consider it a small price to pay for a perfectly planned vacation.
5. Know Your Budget
Be up front & honest about your air/hotel budget and stick to it. Remember we are not employees of the cruise lines, resorts, destinations, tourism board; we assist you in making great buying decisions! We help you with Friends, Family and Romance travel. We want you to be happy so you will come back time after time for all your travel needs.e Travel Since 2008!
6. Stay Loose
You'll have greater access to discount fares and other promotions if your time frame is flexible, even by just a few days on either end. Nelson and I can compare deals from all airlines and car rental companies to find the lowest prices available.
7. Bring Ammunition
Tell us about all airline, hotel, car rental, travel award, and travel club programs you participate in most cases, we can apply all your points towards your trip, as well as, check for you if any changes have taken place and then apply these rewards to your trip.
8. Be Up Front
Any medical, diet, or exercise needs? If you have allergies or any disabilities or you just need to know how fast or slow the trip goes. Are you a same-sex couple? We need to know this to avoid booking a hotel that doesn't accept homosexual couples (yes, couples have actually been turned away on arrival). Also mention whether you prefer nonsmoking or smoking accommodations. Are you disabled and need to rent wheelchairs, scooters, use a service animal. There might be places where it may not be accessible or you
9. Ask Lots of Questions
No question is stupid, so don't be shy! Ask us about the nitty-gritty details of your trip, including airport connections, bus and taxi services, tipping, foreign currency conversion, and safety concerns such as government-issued travel advisories and warnings. Most important, get a phone number that you can use for after-hours emergencies (at the airport early Sunday morning after your wedding, for instance) and on your trip (preferably toll-free or collect if calling from outside the country). We also offer should we be away, a 800 number to assist in all travel needs.
Cheryl Echevarria writes about what things to help her clients when planning their next Dream Vacation, especially our clients and future clients that travel independently but has a special need for arranging them. Whether it is a medical issues or a access or disability.