As we're thinking, dreaming, and planning our next family vacation, it would be nice to have a travel partner who can help us.
Did you know AAA Travel has the most travel office locations in the United States? (I didn't!)
And, using their Travel Agent services is free to both AAA Members, and non-Members.
AAA Travel has also strengthened its dedication to Family Travel by:
- enhancing their family-focused vacation offerings,
- introducing the new Family Travel Specialists certification for Travel Agents, and
- partnering with us at KeeKee's Big Adventures to engage children in the vacation planning process and keep them delighted along the way
If you are a planner like me, you may be thinking, "I don't need a Travel Agent. I like the research and planning." Or, "It will be more expensive to use an Agent."
As I've learned through my research and interviewing several AAA Travel Agents, these are myths.
HERE ARE 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD WORK WITH A TRAVEL AGENT:
- THE TRAVEL AGENT IS YOUR PARTNER & ADVOCATE
More than half of us enjoy doing the research and planning vacations ourselves. The great thing about using an Agent is you can do as much or as little as you want.
It's like having a coach or personal trainer to help and support you. You can go to them at the start of your planning process or share with them what you've already done, and they can pick up where you left off.
A great agent will get to know you and your family's interests so they can partner with you to plan vacations with your whole family in mind.
They are your advocate, your negotiator, and your partner. "I tell my clients, you could book on your own, but you have me here to help you, and you can call me directly with any questions or needs," says Lisa Loerzel, Travel Agent at AAA Rapid City, South Dakota.
- A TRAVEL AGENT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
Not only is using a AAA Travel Agent free to Members and non-Members, but they can also potentially save you money on your vacations!
As Deb√≥rah Black, Travel Agent at AAA Cincinnati, Ohio, says, "I'll always find you the best value as if it is my trip." Lisa adds, "I may give you three options I find, but if you see something different, let me know, and we can try to get you a better deal."
AAA Members get access to exclusive benefits, savings, amenities, and extra values from customized vacations, including flights, car rentals, and hotels, to cruises, guided tours, and vacations exclusively designed vacations for Members you won't find anywhere else.
- TRAVEL AGENTS PROVIDE PEACE OF MIND
Your Travel Agent can help provide peace of mind before, during, and after your trip.
Travel over the next 12 to 18 months will be more complicated than ever, between testing needs, closures, and entry requirements. It is the Travel Agent's job to stay informed. "We know what's open, the safety protocols, and all the guidelines, as we're getting daily updates to help our clients," says Ashley Knebelsberger, Travel Agent at AAA Dayton, Ohio.
They'll help you think of all the details. "I'm here to make sure you are as informed, safe, and prepared as possible so you can enjoy your vacation and family time, not be worried about all the details," says Debórah.
- TRAVEL AGENTS HAVE EXPERTISE & ACCESS
AAA Travel Agents have tons of experience and resources at their fingertips to help you plan ANY type of trip ANYwhere, from road trips to independent travel to cruises to customized tours to guided vacations.
As Ashley says, "I love my job as I sell the world to my clients. Most of them travel independently. I get to help them build their perfect trip based on my knowledge."
"I love introducing my clients to authentic accommodations that let them feel more local," says Debórah.
And as Family Travel Specialists, they have the tools to help you identify your favorite vacation destinations and develop a long-term plan for achieving your travel goals. "We help you find great options no matter what age your kids are," says Lisa.
- TRAVEL AGENTS HELP YOU SAVE TIME
Most of us could use some time savings these days.
There's so much information online to help you do your own planning, but it can also make it overwhelming.
As you're starting that next phase of planning, reach out to a trusted and experienced Travel Agent.
Find your local AAA Agent here, to work with them online or at your local AAA office (where you can also get a complimentary Family Travel KeeKee Kid's Adventure Kit).