Monday, February 7, 2011
Money Monday: Save with Travel Agents
If you think booking your vacation on line is the best way to save, think again. On tonight's Money Monday, 7's Lynn Martinez tells us how travel agents can help us save money and more.
WSVN -- Les and Olga Roth are firming up their travel plans.
Nina Meyer: "We have general tourist information and currency."
Travel agent Nina Meyer is going over the details on their upcoming Safari in Kenya.
Les Roth: "This should be the experience of a lifetime."
The Roths say travel agents have helped them save big.
Les Roth: "Anywhere from $2-3,000 a person and that's a very big savings over the best internet fairs that we've found."
Travel agents have access to sites available only to those in the travel industry, which show the best deals and promotions offered by hotels and airlines.
Nina Meyer: "Generically, I'd say out of a hundred we'll beat the internet 80-90 times."
In addition to travel agents also save you time by doing your research for you find the best plan for complicated trips with multiple stops.
David Gedansky: "When we go on a computer to look at airlines schedules, we see all the airlines at the same time. The client researches on their own they might not see all the flights."
And they can be a big help for special needs travelers like Olga her travel agent Nina is making sure all their stops in Kenya are wheelchair accessible.
Olga Roth: "You have to be specific as to what your needs are or aren't then they are very able to set us up with the right people."
Agents also give clients the benefit of their local knowledge and professional connections.
Nina Meyer: "We'll know that restaurant down the street or know the hotelier to get them a better accommodation for the same price."
Lynn Martinez: "Travel agents do charge a small fee, usually about $30 for domestic and about $40 for overseas trips and most people say it's worth it.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Society of Travel Agents