5 Great Reasons YOU Should Use a Travel Agent
In a previous issue of Conde Nast Traveler the following statement was published:
“Travel websites that promise to narrow the world seem to do just the opposite. And although there’s an app for nearly everything, there are still some experiences only a human can make happen…a travel specialist will pull off the impossible, plan a better trip than you ever could, and spare you the logistics.”
5 Great Reasons Why YOU Need a Travel Agent
Time is money
According to a study by Google, the average traveller looks at five videos and undertakes 380 web page visits through 34 different searches. Proof indeed that the researching and processing of travel bookings can be very time-consuming. Booking via a travel specialist, like Jigsaw Travel, can certainly save time and improve the overall travel experience. We travel professionals reduce stress and time-constraints by making the corporate travellers journey as smooth as possible.
What may surprise you is, in a recent survey conducted by the American Society of Travel Agents. It was found that Millennials are more likely to use travel agents than any other U.S. demographic. “Millennials are leading the way in travel agent usage, 30% have used a travel agent in the last 12 months, and they’re also most likely to recommend agents to a friend.” Travel Agents are here to stay. The fact of the matter is this: paying a travel professional that has contacts and gives advice makes sense and can save time and money.
We are the Problem Solvers
Let’s be honest, problems and disruptions are all too often part of many journeys. From lost luggage to train/flight delays… We travel agents solve these challenges on a daily basis. We recognise that corporate travellers spend very short time spans in different locations and need ‘a fixer’ when there are complications with their travel. Should anything go wrong during your trip you can rely on the team at Jigsaw Travel to iron out the issues and get you back on track. Not only are we members of ABTA and sell ATOL protected products, we also offer a 24/7 dedicated emergency assistance line – reassurance in this uncertain world.
Real Money Savings
If you call an airline directly, they won’t tell you that their competitor has a better price and is a better fit for you! Here at Jigsaw Travel we have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money, provide you with a better experience and make you feel more valued. (Ever wonder why the couple in the room next to yours got champagne and you didn’t? They probably used a travel agent). More than 98% of hotels are parity priced, this means the cost is the same to you whether you book it yourself or get Jigsaw Travel to book for you. Could your employees be spending their time delivering for your business rather than trawling the internet to book travel? How many times have you checked out a price online only to discover a few hours later that the cost has increased? With most scheduled airlines we can hold seats provisionally for you, locking in the price until you are ready to book.
Expertise is King
Complex travel itineraries are our speciality. We have connections to make sure everything goes well and understand that our corporate travellers have very specific needs. We know how to find you the perfect hotel with the right conference room capacity, close to the airport or the city centre; it’s what we do best. Leave the attention to detail and logistics to us. We have knowledge about your chosen destination and can recommend the best places to stay, dine out and conduct meetings.
It’s All About the Relationship
A good travel agent is like a good hairdresser, once you find them you never want to give them up. Let’s face it, you could cut your own hair but you don’t. You engage a professional to do it for you. Travel could be your biggest discretionary spend in 2018, along with your limited time so it makes sense to make sure it’s done right. We are on the cutting edge of what’s new and are the first to know about new routes, new hotels and our relationships with our travel partners ensures that you are kept up to date on the latest offerings from double air miles to flash sales.
To find out more about Jigsaw Travel, winners of the ‘SPAA Best Small Business Travel Agency 2017’. Get in touch, we would love to work with you.
Owner, Jigsaw Travel