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Why You Don't Need a Travel Advisor for Every Vacation
Issue #15-23 features a look at some of the reasons why you may not need a travel advisor for every trip
In last weeks’ newsletter, Travel Smarter, Not Harder: How a Travel Advisor Can Help You Elevate Your Vacation, I discussed the benefits of using a travel advisor and how they can help you travel better, travel smarter and optimize for value along the way.
This week, I take the opposite view and look at a few reasons why you may not need to consider using a travel advisor for every vacation.
I shouldn’t have relied on MAD airport Wi-Fi this week to try get this week’s newsletter sent out on time on Friday morning.
In my opinion, here are examples of when you don’t need to consider using a travel advisor for your vacation:
You’re using points and miles
If you’re using points and/miles for your flights or hotel stays, you don’t necessarily need the help of a travel advisor (unless you need some help with the nuisances of booking award travel)
You have hotel loyalty status
If you have hotel loyalty status that provides benefits like daily breakfast, then you may need to consider the cost/benefit of using a travel advisor to gain access to other perks
You’re booking with a credit card concierge/collection
If you’re booking through a credit card collection like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or similar, most benefits like daily breakfast, hotel credits and other benefits can be very similar to what a travel advisor may be able to offer through advisor only preferred programs.
You prefer booking yourself online for any of the following reasons:
You have time to research and book each component of your trip
Your travel advisor charges a service fee
You get fulfillment/enjoyment from booking your own travel as it can feel like a “game” to find the best price or find great award availability.
Bad experience with previous travel advisor
You only need to book a flight
If you have a relatively simple itinerary or travel plans, it may not make sense to consider using the services of a travel advisor.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso
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