This week on Avid Travel With Britton Frost, I am joined by Bridgett Quinn from Cruise Specialists, a travel agency focusing solely on cruising. Bridgett and I sat down to discuss travel agents and the value they can provide – at no additional cost.
Something that I didn’t realize before talking to Bridgett was that most travel agents provide their services at no additional cost to their clients. With that being said, why not take advantage of a travel agent’s services? There are other perks that come with using agents including additional savings, shipboard credits, and more. But apart from all of that, having someone with vast knowledge of the industry is enough reason to work with an agent.
In addition to speaking about travel agents, we also spoke about trends in river cruising and why it is a good option for ocean cruisers looking for something new to try. We also talked about the growth of expedition cruising, and trends in Alaska for the summer. If you are a river cruiser looking to take an ocean cruise, an Alaska cruise may be a good option for you. Alaska cruises are destination focused and provide a similar amount of activity to what you may experience on the river.
Whether or not you are looking to branch out, this podcast provides a lot of insight into how travel agents can assist your booking process, saving you time, money and adding value.
This isnt personal, but its 2019. Things need to evolve and because there are so many perks for repeat travelers, they already get those perks you mentioned. And yes i can hire professional investors and insurance agents, but do they really do whats best for you like you would do for yourself with a few minutes of research? I get it most people responding are either in the field or havent realized its 2019. I used to buy cds, and newspapers until i realised i could hit a button and get both much quicker and more convenient for the same price.
Randy Goodrich says
We all can also buy insurance online, do our own investing and much more, however I prefer to use an experienced, professional insurance agent, professional investment advisor, etc., and find the results much better and effort on my part much less.
In todays world I dont see why anyone would go thru a travel agent when you can do everything on your own? I understand the need is becoming much less than it used to be, but unfortunately I have found zero that they can do that I cant do on my own.
Betty Houston says
Yes, you certainly can book on your own. However, can you also get OBC for yourself, an upgraded cabin at no additional cost? Just wondering.