High street or online travel agent?
Mallorca Booking Agents.
Should you use a Mallorca Booking Agent on the high street to book your holiday? With so many online travel sites offering such great deals who needs a travel agent! Well obviously people still do as the good old British Travel agent hasn’t become extinct from the high street YET. Although we are one company down following the Thomas Cook financial crash announced on 23rd September 2019.
If you’ve only ever booked trips online you probably wonder what the high street travel agent is actually for; what exactly do they offer in there that you can’t do yourself online?
This blog post looks at the pros and cons of using a Travel Agent to book Majorca
Possible Advantages of Using a Travel Agent to book Majorca
First and Foremost: is the Time Saving element
I guess one of the things people like about Travel Agents is that everything is done for you. You don’t have to lift a finger or worry about anything except packing your case. A fantastic plus if you haven’t got the time to research and if you get confused with too much choice
Helpful Travel Agents
Even if the agent hasn’t been to the destination they suggest for you, they are always able to pick you out something from their very glossy, polished brochures.
Tried and Tested Properties
Companies such as Tui put a lot of effort into making sure they’re properties are up to scratch. And it has to be said they do have some good properties on their books. They wouldn’t have kept going for so long if their holidays weren’t offering some sort of value for money and quality.
Their brochures are conveniently categorised into the various sections. You can pick and choose from holidays such as spa, couples, adult only, city breaks etc..
And the final price the travel agent quotes will include airport to resort transfers and hold luggage. There are no hidden costs.
In resort Travel Reps
If anything goes wrong in resort there is always a representative to hand who comes and sorts things out for you if you have any grievances.
Besides, Your holiday will be either ATOL and ABTA protected or both-particularly if you book with Thomas Cook or Tui
If you have any questions or thoughts about any aspect of the trip between the time you booked it and when you actually travel, you only have to pick the phone up and speak to an agent
All high street agents also have websites as an alternative for booking your Majorca trip rather than walking into store. These websites provide some really good last minute deals to be snapped up. These start for a holiday you’re planning to take in the next 6-8 weeks. They can run right up to the last minute. Enough of that though as this is covered in book Majorca online (link to)
What about the downsides of using a travel agent to book Majorca
The price you pay when you purchase a trip in store will often be higher than if you sourced your trip online. This will depend of course on how much time you are prepared to spend looking for the best deals online to Majorca.
After all, Travel agents that still exist physically on the high street have to pass on some of the shop lease fees, staff wages etc on to you-the consumer. All high street shops have to do this. One of the reasons why so many high street shops are closing down-they can’t compete with online prices
Are the good deals all they seem?
Yes there are some great deals in the travel agent window to get you in the door. You sit at the desk with the agent to find out more about the £350 pp week advertised in the window for a week in Turkey. You discover it’s for the most basic accommodation, no food Then there’s the flights; they’re in the middle of the night and you have no idea about the location.
Great if you are young, resilient and easily pleased but the oldies amongst us (me for one) don’t want to get home feeling that we need another holiday
The agent explains you can tailor make the trip to suit you by changing flight times, room types and food options. Suddenley a £350 trip becomes a £500 plus trip.
Sharing personal details face to face can be intrusive
Sometimes it can be a little intrusive when you have personal requirements regarding your accommodation. After all, who else needs to know if you and your partner and you prefer separate sleeping spaces because one of you snores. Why have to explain why you want two rooms or a two bedroomed apartment. It’s your business and these sorts of issues can be resolved by booking Majorca online
Who else needs to know if you and your partner and you prefer separate sleeping spaces because one of you snores! Why have to explain why you want two rooms or a two bedroomed apartment
All travel agents are trained to sell; this is how they earn their commission. From room upgrades and the on-flight champagne to the trip excursions; it all sounds very tempting. Dangled in front of you and sounding so great now you’re in the holiday mood and in the shop, it is hard to say ‘no’ to one or two add-ons.
The hard-sell doesn’t end there either; once in resort you are badgered to go to welcome meetings all with the aim of selling you their excursions with a generous mark-up price
Jack of all trades
The Travel agent has a job to sell the holidays on their books but who is to say these but the best options for you. Generally a travel agent has to have a wide knowledge of many countries and resorts but perhaps not an in depth knowledge of any one of them.
Even if they do know about every single nook and cranny of Majorca, they are there to sell only what the company they work for has to offer.
Not everyone’s cup of tea
High street Travel Agent’s brochures deal with very British dominated resort locations and accommodations. Hotels and apartments can spell mass British Tourism . Maybe you won’t be mixing too much with other nationalities and practising your Spanish after all? This isn’t everybody’s cup of tea
The brochures can be fairly limited in terms of how much accommodation is available in each country, region or island. Pick up any travel agent brochure and see what’s on offer in Majorca and now pick any website and compare the two for quantity
Perks of being a Travel Agent include discounted holidays on their books. The staff’s experience and knowledge of the counties and islands they visit can become ‘travel brochure’ based.. So the information they pass on to you about particular regions and accommodations may end up being very ‘brochure’ and British based too. What about the real Majorca though, the less commercial, less known side of Majorca. Are they familiar with this too?
If you like to be surrounded predominantly by English people, choose a holiday from a British travel agent’s brochure.
I f you want to experience the real Majorca and go on less commercialised Majorca excursions:
- Do your own online rearch
- visit my trip guide service website at https://choosemajorca.com