Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Why Using a Travel Agent in the Internet Age is Still Important

Travel isn't easy, especially not when you're trying to get the best value for the best experience. A recent report on the Road Rules of Travel brought about an important point: there are some skills that we need to master to get that once-in-a-lifetime trip, including the ability to bargain, hook perks, get upgrades, and plan ahead.

Here are some of the top "Road Rules," and how travel agents like Lorraine Travel (which own WhataHotel ! ) help you make the most of them:

1. "Stay loyal." Loyalty programs are a great way to make the most of flights and hotel stays, but they can be really confusing. If you're planning regular travel to a certain place, you can find out which hotels provide the best perks for repeat visitors through your travel agent. Booking willy-nilly will not help you get ahead!

2. "Play the upgrade game." When you book a luxury hotel, you might be pleased with exactly what you paid for: a room with a view, a suite with many of extras, or a penthouse overlooking the city. Keep in mind that you can still upgrade your room if you book through the right "connected" travel agents. For instance, through Lorraine Travel's What a Hotel!'site, one can get Exclusive Complementary Perks at participating hotels so you won't have to bargain solo. Just to name a few "preferred hotels" in the What a Hotel! program are the Four Seasons Hong Kong, The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth , and the Maui Prince Hotel.

3. "Book smartly." Booking mistakes can easily be avoided with the right guidance, and choosing to work with a family-owned company like Lorraine Travel is one of the best ways to operate.

4. "Get extra perks that pay." Perks enhance the value of a booking! Booking a luxury hotel with Exclusive Complimentary Perks at What a Hotel! yields the best value because the actual room rate is not raised & the free amenities result in savings.

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