So you did your homework and found a fabulous deal on a cruise. Maybe it was an awesome Black Friday or Cyber Monday bargain. It could have been a limited time offer for residents of a certain state, a discount for military members or some other limited-time offer. You are happy. Your DIY (Do It Yourself) Cruise deal was the best around but now time has passed. Interestingly, while most buyers think of travel agents on the front end of that transaction, an increasing number are including an agent after the sale, for a number of reasons.
Agents Can Ensure Value Now And Later
Travel agents are privy to exclusive pricing and offers that cruise travelers can not see. They also have the ability to check pricing and value on any ship or sailing date at any time. If they do, they may find a lower price that you qualify for somewhere between booking and final payment. One hitch: Agents can not do anything with your booking if it is made directly with the cruise line. Transferring your booking to an agent opens that door.
All Boxes Checked, All Along The Way
Did you know that passports must be valid for at least six months after flying or sailing? If it’s not, the traveler may not be able to board a plane or ship. Agents ensure that all the boxes are checked as they watch over our booking. Just one missed can throw a serious kink in our travel plans.
The Deal Might Get Better Right Away
Check with your travel agent or the agent of a trusted friend, they may be able to add value right now. Many travel agencies have ongoing promotions that reward cruise travelers for transferring their booking. An agency promotion, additional onboard credit or bonus amenity are all possible. It’s at least worth a phone call or email request.
You Did The Homework, Agents Can Be Your Support Staff
The normal cruise booking cycle puts the agent up front, helping with the selection and planning of travel before it is purchased. Increasingly today, consumers are turning to agents, once thought to be a thing of the past for guidance. If that’s the way you want to roll, how about including an agent on the back end? Then you’re really done.
The Right Tool For The Job
Once in the system of any decent travel agency, those boxes will get checked, more value will come and our travel dreams have a far better chance of happening. Not taking advantage of this totally free resource is simply leaving money on the table. Wouldn’t we rather take that with us to spend on board?
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