When (and Why) to Use a Travel Agent
No, the Internet isn’t always the best option when it comes to booking your vacation. Find out when to turn to a travel agent.
You Don’t Need a Travel Agent If…
You’re Only Booking a Flight
Let’s say you’re visiting a friend in Arizona and all you need is the flight out there. With all of the discount flight sites
available, it’s usually easier, and generally about the same price, to just book it yourself.
You Want to Use Your Miles
Travel agents aren’t able to use your points or rewards card miles to book a flight or hotel for you—you’ll have to book on
your own if you’d like to use them. “You also aren’t able to use points or miles to buy flights on sites like Expedia or Orbitz,
either, only directly through the site of the company who is giving the points or miles,” says Vong.
You Find a Fantastic Deal on a Deal Site
Go ahead and book a travel deal that you find on a site like LivingSocial, Groupon or Travelzoo. Just remember that you’ll need to be flexible with the travel dates (most deals are offered for off-peak times, like travel on a weekday only, or for a Sunday night at a hotel), and be wary of expiration dates.