Travel agents: How to find a good one and how they can help

When you can book every aspect of a trip online yourself, why would you use a travel agent?

18 July 2018 | 20:00

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 18 July 2018 | 20:00

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When you can book every aspect of a trip online yourself, why would you use a travel agent?

Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of Travel Agents, says travel agents are no longer just ticket bookers. In fact, they're now referred to as travel advisers because they are taking on a more holistic role in planning every aspect of a trip — from hotels and flights to restaurants, tours and offbeat activities, to helping you get the most value for your travel budget.

If you're looking for an agent, check out ASTA's consumer-facing website, TravelSense.org, which allows you to search a database of vetted, qualified travel professionals who follow ASTA's code of ethics. You can search by expertise or even location if you want an agent nearby.


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