Budget Travel Deals 10 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent Written by Janeen Christoff Janeen Christoff is an award-winning travel journalist and editor of travel trade publications. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Janeen Christoff Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Image Source / Getty Images Many consumers might not realize what they are missing out on when they travel and don't use a travel agent. Here are just a few things that your travel agent can do for you. 01 of 10 Experience Buena Vista Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images Travel agents know the market and, if they listen to what you want, will be able to match you with a better product than you can find on the Internet. 02 of 10 Advocate trotsche/E+/Getty Images If something goes wrong on your trip, a good travel agent will go to bat for you -- no matter who is at fault -- and try to get your vacation back on track. 03 of 10 Resources Aitormmfoto / Getty Images Travel agents have access to a variety of tools that the average consumer is not able to use or doesn't know about. They can sometimes get you a better seat on an airplane, added amenities at hotels, room upgrades, event tickets, and plan activities for you. 04 of 10 Convenience Van Loh/Getty. Your time is valuable and you shouldn't have to spend it searching for the right vacation. A travel agent can do that for you. They can match you with the vacation that you actually want, not the one that you saw on television. There is a difference between travel inspiration and actual travel desires. Destinations may look good on TV but not actually be ideal for you personally. Travel agents can help you define what it is you want to get out of a vacation. Continue to 5 of 10 below. 05 of 10 Relationships webphotographeer / E+/Getty Images As you develop a relationship with your travel agent, they are able to target the right trips for you without even having a conversation. Ideally, a simple phone call or email could result in your next vacation -- already planned. 06 of 10 Save Money Courtney Keating/E+/Getty Images Often, travel agents can save you money based on their supplier relationships -- or at least match the price you find -- while saving you time and effort. There are also hidden savings built into trips. A travel agent will likely book transfers for you, included in the price. Sometimes a package that you book yourself won't include those, making the experience appear cheaper. 07 of 10 Added Value Glowimages / Getty Images There are a lot of value-adds that consumers don't even know about that can be added by a travel agent. Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent. 08 of 10 Better Destinations Manu Dreuil/Flickr/ CC BY 2.0 Travel agents have inside information on the best times to go to crowded destinations and they sometimes even know what the new "it" destinations are going to be before the masses. Want to get there first? Use a travel agent. Continue to 9 of 10 below. 09 of 10 Exclusive Access Francesco Iacobelli/Getty Images Some tours and experiences are only available througha travel agent. Many companies offer a lot of components and simply want to make sure a customer is right for their experience -- exotic tours, treks, private jet products are often only available through an agent. 10 of 10 Because They Are Awesome Bruce Bennett/Getty Images News/Getty Images Travel agents are some of the most well-rounded, funny, personable and knowledgeable people you'll meet. They come from more backgrounds than you can even count -- they have been professors, hotel owners, tour guides, bus drivers. They all have one thing in common: They are passionate about sharing the world with you. Take advantage of their services. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit 15 Travelers Talk About Traveling to Countries Unsafe for LGBTQ+ People The 8 Best Online Travel Agencies of 2021 How Do Travel Agents Make Money in the Digital Age? The 11 Best Luggage Brands of 2021 Best Campground Management Software of 2021 The Surprising Ways Solo Travelers Are Discriminated Against The Unexpected Perks of Traveling Solo 20 Solo Trips in 2020: I Traveled Solo During COVID-19 What Is a Consortium in the Travel Industry? The 10 Best Hotel Booking Sites of 2021 10 Ways You Can Travel Sustainably on a Budget Should You Use a Travel Agent? Where to Go in 2021: 10 Future Trips You Can Start Planning Now 10 Signs You Might be the Victim of a Travel Scam Why 'Fam' Trips Are Important for Travel Professionals What Is VAT and How Do I Claim It Back?