How to Choose a Travel Agent for Your Honeymoon
With all the effort couples put into their wedding planning, the honeymoon is a welcomed retreat for newlyweds to unwind and spend time alone. However, planning the trip can often be just as stressful as planning the ceremony and reception. Why devote endless hours on the computer delving through hundreds of options to locate the perfect romantic destination when you could work directly with a travel agent? Travel agents can give expert advice and provide outstanding service that you just can’t find through booking online. Here, we share with you tips on finding a travel agent to plan the trip of your dreams.
What can a travel agent offer you?
Travel agents can give expert advice and provide outstanding service that you just can’t find booking online. They can find the best pricing available, upgrades, set up special requests (i.e. chilled champagne, flowers), arrange transfers and take care of numerous time consuming small details. Their service is invaluable. Travel agents develop close relationships with suppliers and when needed can pull strings that someone booking on the internet can’t.
Why use a travel agent
The question should be why not use a travel agent? You’ve heard tales of honeymoons that were booked at online only travel sites that turned out to be nightmares. If you book everything yourself online you don’t have an advocate that is working for you should a problem arise. With a travel agent, you have access to an actual person who can answer questions and make accommodations changes on your behalf.
How to find a reputable travel agent
One of the best ways to choose a honeymoon travel agent is to ask friends/family for a recommendation. Any travel agent worth their salt considers a referral the highest compliment and will provide their clients with a level of service that will ensure return business and referrals. If you come up empty with asking friends/family, use Internet search engines by utilizing key word specific requests in your area, like “travel agency Greensboro, N.C.”.
Once you find a company, you should ask if they have a honeymoon specialist, how many years of experience, what destinations have they personally visited and if they can provide client references. A reputable travel agency will look at your budget, interests, what amenities you are looking for and make recommendations based on your input. They will also talk to the bride and groom together, listen with an open mind and give honest feedback.
How to get the best deal on your honeymoon
Timing is everything. Since airline and resort/cruise rates can fluctuate daily, the earlier you plan the more chance of saving money you have. A professional travel agency is able to save you money with early booking discounts, special fares, and resort discounts that are not advertised to the general public. Consider departing from an alternate airport—you can save hundreds by simply departing from another gateway. An “adults only” all inclusive resort is another wonderful honeymoon option for couples, and since all of your dining, drinks, airport transfers and some activities are included, you do not have to worry with carrying tons of cash to pay for items out of pocket. Many of these resorts have strict no tipping policies as well. If you choose a cruise you can prepay gratuities, purchase excursions and drink coupons online before boarding the ship.
The most important advice to couples is to remember that your honeymoon is one of the most special times in your life. You want it to be everything you imagined—and utilizing a travel agent is a smart decision that will reward you tenfold.
Shelly Alker is the marketing and customer service administrator for A Way To Go Travel, an award-winning, full-service leisure and corporate agency located in Greensboro, N.C. Before transitioning to the travel industry, Shelly was a "Jill" of all trades in corporate America.