WHAT IS A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
Me -- I am a travel advisor! A travel advisor is a professional travel consultant with the resources, connections and expertise to add great value to your travel plans. Travel advisors work in partnership with you to select and plan travel experiences that are tailored to your unique wishes and budget. The benefits of using a travel advisor are endless, and you may find you uncover new perks each time you work with your travel advisor.
In contrast, some travel agencies with large call centers are often inbound marketing specialists with little to no actual travel experience. They are encouraged to sell certain properties and cruise departures. Their goal is speed and volume – that means taking your order and moving on to the next customer as quickly as possible. The disadvantages of using a travel agent is that they may not be able to provide guidance or answer questions about the destinations, cruise lines or properties you are interested in. Many times, due to their marketing partnerships they offer “one-size-fits-all” vacation packages.
WHY SHOULD I USE A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
Your time away from home with family or friends is your most precious resource. You want to take advantage of an expert to help you invest it wisely. The very best travel advisors, like the advisors at Travel Central offer great value that adds a richness of experience to your vacations and getaways. Not only will the experience you have on your vacation be enhanced, the planning will also be a much less stressful and time consuming endeavor for you. Through my preferred partnership with vetted travel partners worldwide, I am able to offer my clients preferred rates, amenities, upgrades, VIP status and credits that they cannot access on their own, through the Internet or by booking direct.
HOW DO I FIND A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
You’ve come to the right place! Travel Central travel advisors are the best travel advisors around! We can select the best advisor for you based on the destination you wish to visit, or the type travel you are interested in (family travel, honeymoon, luxury beach vacation, safari, etc.) We match our travelers to advisors that are each uniquely qualified to help with your travel plans. Visit each of their pages for a virtual introduction here. Select the travel advisor that you feel is the best fit for your personality and travel dreams. Can’t make a decision? Click the “Request A Vacation Quote” button on our homepage and we’ll match you with a travel advisor. REQUEST A QUOTE FROM ME HERE.
Don’t see your travel advisor listed as a specialist for something you are interested in? Don’t fear! Travel Central travel advisors are very qualified “travel generalists.” They are ready and able to use our vast network of contacts and resources, and to lean on their Travel Central colleagues to plan the trip of your dreams.
WHAT IS A TRAVEL CENTRAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST?
Travel Central travel advisors are among the very best in terms of expertise and professionalism. Our travel advisors are encouraged to specialize in several destinations and travel types in order to offer clients true insight and also to deepen our team’s collective knowledge. Beware of the holiday travel agents who claim to be qualified to plan your very complicated independent tour of any destination on the planet – you’re much better off working with someone who knows a lot about several destinations, instead of a little about a lot!
Advisors are vetted through an intense qualification process that factors their education through recent travel to the area, the number and intensity of client trips planned, and client feedback. When you select a specialist, rest assured you are working with a travel advisor who is deeply qualified and very excited to work with you!
DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BIG BUDGET TO WORK WITH A TRAVEL CENTRAL ADVISOR?
The short answer is… No! If you consider travel an investment in life and you value the experiences and memories that travel brings, then you will find great value in working with a Travel Central travel advisor. This investment gains you access to potential upgrades, credits, amenities and a richer experience. Our travel advisors save you time by saving you from fruitless and frustrating Internet searches; and make sure your travel dollars are handled with the very best of care by well-vetted, financially secure travel partners.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO WORK WITH A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
Do travel agents charge? Yes, travel agents and advisors are compensated for their time, expertise and the resources they deploy on your behalf. Travel Central travel advisors charge planning fees, a model much like architects, interior designers and financial planners utilize. Average travel agent commissions are what we do for the supplier (matching their product to the right customer) and fees are what we do for you! To learn more about our travel management program click here. Fees range from $25 for simple hotel bookings, to upwards of $250 per week based on the intricacy of the itinerary, length of travel and number of passengers. Please note, the planning fee is custom to each client and departure and is up to the discretion of the travel advisor. Very often, clients find that they more than make up the planning fee in the discounts, food and beverage credits, extra amenities and value-adds that Travel Central travel advisors are able to offer.
WHAT KIND OF TRIPS SHOULD I BOOK WITH A TRAVEL ADVISOR?
Once you become a Travel Central Traveler, you are unlikely to ever book travel on your own again! You will find that your travel advisor adds value to even the simplest of reservations and the experience of working with him/her is a great joy. We find that clients often come to us the first time when they have become frustrated with travel agency call centers and are looking for true expertise and guidance with one of the travel types below. Of course, this is just a small sample of the type of travel experiences our advisors create in collaboration with their clients.
Unique Honeymoons that are not “cookie cutter” packages
Private Jet Travel
Hotel Bookings at unique and luxury properties
Luxury Beach Vacations
SHOULD I USE TRAVEL CENTRAL FOR SHORT HOTEL STAYS?
Absolutely! Through our status as a preferred partner with a wide range of hotels, villas, and resorts worldwide, we are able to offer our clients added value and preferred rates at thousands of hotels around the globe. We often hear from clients, “I didn’t want to bother you for a quick hotel booking.” It is our privilege and our pleasure to manage your travel reservations wherever or for how long you are away from home. Remember, you cannot VIP yourself, and the special perks, upgrades and amenities are only available to you by booking with a Travel Central travel advisor. Travel with us and discover the TRAVEL CENTRAL ADVANTAGE.
ARE YOU A TRAVEL CENTRAL TRAVELER?
You value rich experiences that are tailored specifically for you or your family. You like to see the world through your own lens, not through an online booking engine meant for the masses. Your destination and length of stay are of little consequence. Travel Central caters to all travelers from around-the-world to weekend getaways.