Welcome to our travel journey podcast. The topic we are going to talk about today I get asked a lot, so I am so excited to share it with you! Why even use a travel agent? In a world of do-it-yourself and so soo, many options and ideas online to book your own vacation, why even reach out to a travel agent when you can just book online yourself?
Many people may not even realize travel agents are still available in this time of do-it-yourself.
I am here today to share with you more inside scoop about using a travel consultant.
Just a quick introduction about myself. I am Carlie Finch located in Nashville, TN. I married my best friend in 2005. I’ve been married for 17 years and I am even more in love with him today than the day we said I DO.
We honeymooned in Aruba. Since our honeymoon we have been all over the Caribbean, to at least 20 of the different islands, all over Mexico, 4 of the islands of Hawaii, Europe several times: Rome, Paris, London, Florence, and Amsterdam. Santorini, Iceland, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and we can’t wait to explore new and exciting new destinations. Let me show you how you can become a world traveler, too!
If you are unsure why to use a travel consultant, I hope this podcast will help you learn more about what a travel consultant helps with.
But before we do that, I want to share with you my Top 5 Things to Consider when planning your trip. Before contacting a travel agent or before trip planning, we highly recommend grabbing this guide to help plan your perfect vacation getaway. The link is below in our show notes- These 5 things to consider when planning your trip.
Why use a travel agent?
There are so many reasons to book with a travel consultant and so many different types of vacations that we plan all around the world, but today we are going to discuss the top 10 reasons why you should book your Sandals and Beaches vacation with a certified Sandals and Beaches travel consultant.
Let’s dive into 10 reasons why using a travel agent is important.
Reason # 1: Best Price
A travel agent has access to the best rates and promotions. When booking a Sandals and Beaches Resorts with us and a better rate or promotion comes available at a later date we can match the lower price as long as you are not paid in full on your reservation. Our job as travel consultant is to help save you money!
Reason #2: No Hidden Cost.
There are no booking fees when booking Sandals or Beaches Resorts with us. We don’t get paid by our travelers, we are paid by the resort just for helping you book! We are paid commission from the resort and the cost is the same or lower as booking your Sandals reservation directly or booking online.
Reason #3: Expertise.
With our experience of traveling to every Sandals and Beaches resort more than once we will help customize your trip based on your likes, budget, and interests. Today there are 20 different Sandals and Beaches on 10 islands across the Caribbean – Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia, Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Curacao, Turks & Caicos and Saint Vincent.
Are you feeling stuck looking online and unsure which option to go with or if the resort you are looking at is really as nice as the edited photos look online?
Not all the resorts are equal. Each resort has a totally different vibe and has something unique to offer. We’ll help you pick the right one!
Reason #4: Personalized Help.
Personalized help. Once we have the room booked we can then customize your vacation details. We will share with you the island’s excursions that would be the best fit for the 2 of you and discuss things you can add to your package such as romantic dinner on the beach, private car transfers, helicopter transfers, and airport VIP service upgrades. Scuba diving is included at the resorts but if you’re not certified, there is a cost for training and certification.
Reason #5: Complimentary HOLD.
Complimentary HOLD- we can HOLD your room complimentary for a week without posting a payment on your room. We highly recommend HOLDING your room as soon as you find the perfect option or even if you are just interested since availability and cost can change at any time.
Reason #6: Payment Plan
There’s only a $49 per person room deposit and then you can make payments. We will send you a customizable payment link to process payments as you wish until paid in full. So, no need to pay in full up front. You can post payments in whatever amount you wish as many times as you wish- daily, weekly, monthly $5 to $100, whatever is in your budget!
Reason #7: Support. We Are Available 24/7
Have you ever tried to call an 800 # to get a hold of an actual person only to find that you have been transferred to 4 different connections, waited 30 minutes and still have no answer to your question? I totally have been there and that is not us! We are LIVE people here to help with your questions.
Reason #8: VIP
We make the resort aware of your arrival for VIP service. Our relationship with our travel partners gives us access to opportunities that you won’t be able to find yourself online. Dietary restrictions, mobility issues – whatever your request is we will share this with the resort before you arrive.
Reason #9: Changes to Your Reservation.
Reservation changes are quick and easy for different dates, different room options, or making a change to a different resort. Reschedule trips due to emergencies, weather, health issues, etc. We are here to help.
Reason #10: Customize Your Vacation.
We customize your travel based on your likes, budget, and interests. Most of us have such busy schedules that we may not have the time to do the research on destinations and resorts. With our help and guidance, there’s no stress and planning is quick and easy.
We hope you have liked our top 10 reasons to book with a travel agent. If you have questions about which resort is best for you, we would love to hear from you. Our goal is for you to have your perfect dream getaway. If you have questions, please let us know.
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