Travel

6 secret travel hacks only agents know

These insiders’ expert tricks will change your holidays forever

NEVER BOOK ROUND THE WORLD TICKETS ONLINE

Considering a world trip? You can key in the destinations you prefer online by using the multi-trip function on big travel websites, but that will give you a one-way price for each sector which can equal big bucks. Travel agents know how to get the right deals, especially specialist travel agents. By all means go online to research prices, but before you book your own, get a quote from a company such as RoundAbout Travel who know the shortcuts to getting the best deals on the market, and then compare prices. roundabout travel.com.au.

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YOU CAN SAVE MONEY BY GOING ALL-INCLUSIVE

Want to know exactly how much you’ll be spending before you book? Travel agents know to go all-inclusive. Various resorts such as Club Med offer packages that cover accommodation, food and drinks but to really get more bang for your buck, head out to sea, where there are incredible all-inclusive deals available on some of the big lines such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, P&O and Carnival. Book it, unpack once and keep your wallet hidden in the safe, no need to use it again!

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THEY CAN BE MORE FLEXIBLE WITH BOOKING
You found a great flight price online and you’re madly scrambling to organise the family schedule to book it before the deal times out, or the seats sell out. Travel agents have a little more flexibility. They can find you the deal you want, and you will have a couple of days to get payment together and decide whether it’s the right deal for you. Some agents also offer and interest-free service allowing you to book now and pay later.

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THEY GIVE YOU SUPPORT IF THINGS GO WRONG

Travel agents are also there to ensure everything runs smoothly and deal with any issues that may arise. Had an injury while overseas? Your travel agent can guide you in what to do. Need to change your ticket to get back for a family emergency? Your travel agent can help out. You’re never left alone if you book with a travel agent, giving you peace of mind.

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THEY KNOW WHEN THINGS GO ON SALE

Want to find a bargain holiday online? It’s possible when you sign up for email alerts, but your travel agent should be your new best friend so you can really make comparisons. Much like finding a good mechanic, a good doctor, and a good accountant for life, find that good travel agent and stick with them. Once they know what sort of holidays you love they can tell you when good deals arrive. They understand the difference between price and value, and can help with different packages, hotels and flights available.

 

THEY CAN TAILOR FOR LESS

Travel agents can bundle your dream trip for a considerable discount. They work directly with tour operators, and exercise financial buying power by buying in bulk. You can gain further savings when you look for exclusive discounts. Escapetravel.com.au offers ‘Escape Fares’ with any purchase of four nights’ accommodation, or a seven-night cruise or tour.

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