Share the knowledge
Myth 4. Travel agents charge surcharges and fees on top of the price.
This is not a myth! This is actually true.
It all depends on the above and beyond service that we offer! We also may have a non refundable deposit fee!
Yes, we get paid from the hotels, cruise lines, tour companies and more.
Because of our time putting together an itinerary, particularly one involving a complicated trip, like a safari, or booking multiple tickets and transfers for an extended family vacation, is a lot of work. Charging a fee is a bit of insurance for all of the time and effort put into creating an itinerary in the event that a client ends up canceling.
"We could spend three weeks creating an itinerary and then a client could take it and shop it around for the lowest price,. "When we plan a trip to Walt Disney World or possibly a trip to Europe, it could be 100 e-mails back and forth, multiple phone calls, and two months before its finalized.
That being said and that shouldn't scare anyone about this option. Our fees are not as high as some other agents, and again, it all depends on the trip, and we will offer you the options on those services.
Example: It is your first time going to Walt Disney World. With Disney you have to start planning your dining reservations 180 days prior to arrival. Yes, that is ia long time to start planning, but if you want to eat at "Cinderella's Castle" in the Magic Kingdom, which is the hardest reservation to get and if you are going during Spring Break, any holiday etc. It will even be harder. Most of the time you have to be up at midnight or some crazy hour of the day to get a reservation, I know I have done it. We can go over all the dining options with you way a head of time, pick all the restaurants you want to eat at and then we will do the reservations for you. That is full service, and it is a lot of work, that is why you come to us in the first place.
Some agencies will charge a refundable upfront like $150 - $300 to do all the work and then once you book will refund your money of those fees. We don't want to have to offer these fees
Coming April 7, 2017 - Myth 5 All Travel Agencies Are the Same
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.