The Travel Advisor Value in the World of COVID-19
Now more than ever is the time to have a professional on your side.
In a crisis (whether a global pandemic, family emergency or cancelled flight), a travel advisor is there to advocate for you. Not only getting you rebooked and home safely but also navigate cancelling reservations, postponing trips and negotiating refunds instead of future travel credits. Our industry relationships and familiarity of the process make a big difference – not only saving you time but also increasing your options. But perhaps most importantly, there is a live voice at the other end of the line. You can always reach someone you know personally via phone or email and not spend hours waiting on hold for the next available agent with the airline, OTA (like expedia and booking.com) or other wholesaler (like Costco).
The travel industry is constantly evolving as the world gets a grip on the realities of this pandemic. It has touched nearly every country and airlines, hotels, cruise lines and nations are adapting their policies as a staggering rate in an attempt to keep everyone safe and stay afloat.
When you are ready to venture out again, navigating this new web is challenging. We spend our days staying apprised on the latest hotel openings, state regulations and border closures to help you decide what is realistic and feasible at this point. Discussing insurance and cancellation options, you will know your trip is protected if you have to cancel. And, we will prepare you for the new realities of today’s travel experience and ensure your trip is as smooth as possible with the current limitations.
We leverage our insider connections for you. Every partner and property. every product and service is highly vetted so you can expect consistent quality. Through our experiences, we know which vendors have been most flexible with client’s future plans and those that have been difficult in providing refunds. We can also get you private access and behind-the-scene tours to avoid the crowds. Our contacts ensure our clients are still receiving the VIP treatment and an upgrade, if available, even though travel might look a little different these days.
Don’t take our word for it! Check out these recent news articles on why using a Travel Advisor is the way to go…
- In A Covid-19 World, Here’s Why You Should Use A Travel Agent – Forbes, May 2020
- This is Why You Need A Travel Advisor for Your Post-Pandemic Vacation – Forbes, May 2020
- 5 Reasons Why You Need A Travel Agent – More Than Ever – Forbes, January 2020
- Luxury for Less: The Travel Advisor Gambit – New York Times, November 2019
- Perks of Booking Your Next Trip Through a Travel Advisor – CNN, May 2019
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