Monday, September 30, 2013

Using a Travel Agent for Your Honeymoon? Totally Worth It.


Many people these days have been booking their travel and honeymoons online.  As a professional travel agent for the past 27 years, I am asked on a daily basis, “why use a travel agent?” And my response is always, “Why not?” 

Here are the top seven reasons why booking with an agent can be the better way to go!

1.Travel professionals are constantly traveling, going to training sessions and attending seminars to stay current with resorts, excursions and destinations. As a result, we have tons of personal relationships with representatives from each location. This provides agents with the latest and most up-to-date information on what is happening -- and the best rates!

2. When you visit a travel agency, the pros can sort out the type of property or destination that would best suit your personal needs. It involves making a personal connection. The internet can be a very valuable research tool, but it's best to discuss the details with someone who really knows the industry.

3. Travel is not a perfect science, and things do go wrong! When people book through agents, they have the guarantee that someone is available 24/7/365 to help them. Whether it is a sudden illness that causes a trip cancellation or a flat tire on the way to the airport, we've got you covered.

4. Travel professionals (for the most part) do not charge any fees and are full-service businesses. We offer one-stop shopping from airfare, ground transfers, resorts and hotels, trains, car rentals, ships, tours, excursions, activities -- you name it! Having everything in one place provides you with a wealth of information you won’t find online (such as whether or not there’s construction going on at the property next door, or whether your room will overlook the parking lot even though it says “mountain view”). And the prices are usually same as online or better!

5. Another perk: when booking your travel in advance, you do not pay for the entire trip upfront. Using a travel agent allows you to put down a small deposit for your airfare and reservations, with the final payment usually due 45 days before travel. This allows you to make smaller payments and really stretch your budget.

6. You can always add your travel agency to the list of places where you are registered. Guests can gift payments toward your honeymoon!

7. Lastly, my biggest question to travelers is always, “What is your time worth?" The average amount of time travelers spend doing research for their trip is six hours. With everything you probably have on your plate right now, do you really want to spend hours searching for the best deal? Wouldn't it just be easier to go to a pro who can tailor your trip without wasting your time? The answer is always yes. 

So when beginning to embark on the journey that is planning your honeymoon, just think of the motto for the American Society of Travel Agents -- “Remember without a travel agent, you are on your own”.  

Thank you to Linda Schreiber of Starship Travel. For more information, please visit their website at To talk with an agent, call (847) 394-1155 or email

Photos by Beth Brownstein, Travel Agent and Marketing Manager of Starship Travel.


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