Travel Tip: 7 Things to Look Out for When Dealing with a Travel
by Nikki LeRoi
Many people are looking at price when
searching for a discount travel agency, however, there are some other
things you need to watch out for that can save you time, money and
headaches when using a travel agency to plan your trip.
1) Check to see if the agency is a
member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents). Agencies who are
members must follow strict rules of conduct. If you should have a
problem with your agency, it will be easier for you to file a
2) Make sure their offer isn't too
good to be true. The travel industry is very competitive and some
agencies will promise you the moon. Make sure they can deliver what
they promise before signing up.
3) The agency should disclose their
full contact information. You should easily be able to find their name,
address, phone number and email address. Call the phone number and see
if a real person answers. If their contact information isn't readily
available, you should take your business elsewhere.
4) Some discount agencies will promise
you low rates to get your business, then hit you with hidden fees.
Since you are budgeting for your trip, you don't want to be hit with a
larger bill than you planned on. Be sure to get all agency rates and
fees on paper to avoid surprises.
5) Respectable travel agencies will
bend over backwards to make sure you are well taken care of, especially
if you have medical needs while traveling. An agency out for a quick
buck will not provide you with great customer service, so ask questions
about how they will accommodate your special requests before signing.
6) A good travel agency will be there
to help you during and after your trip to make sure everything is going
smoothly. If you have a problem during your trip, the agency will be
available to assist you. Fly by night services will disappear after
you've handed over your money. Check out the agency's reputation before
you commit to a deal.
7) A good travel agency will have
access to all kinds of information about the city and/or country you
are visiting. They are one of the best insider travel tip resources
around whether you need a business travel tip, family travel tip, an
air travel tip, or a travel packing tip.
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