If ever you were wondering what the value of using a travel agent is versus booking your own travel – you MUST read this.
Many people, (in the past, myself included), think it unnecessary booking travel through an agent when there is “google”. After all, all the information you need is available at your fingertips and there’s even sites where you can compare prices and get the best deal.
But, and this is the big BUT. I like many other used to always book my own travel. To be honest, if I’m just after a quick domestic flight, I still go online and book it myself. However, years ago, I was booking an overseas holiday for the family. I needed international flights, domestic flights in the country we were visiting, car hire, travel insurance, hotels, tour bookings plus plus plus. It was all a bit overwhelming, particularly as I had never been to that particular country before.
So, I picked up the phone and arranged the booking through Orbit World Travel. From that first trip, I have never looked back and whenever I am booking travel that involves multiple bookings, like flights plus hotels etc, I ALWAYS use Orbit World.
Of course, I could still do all the bookings myself. And as I said above, there is so much information online, but, these guys are travel professionals and have knowledge about many of the locations, and usually someone with first hand experience of a destination to give clients useful hints and tips.
Plus, it doesn’t cost any extra, but the “extras” are invaluable. Pretty much every trip I have booked through Orbit, I have been upgraded in my room, or received a “special deal” through their relationships with hotels around the world.
More importantly, when something goes wrong, you have a trusted company that you know and are familiar with that you can call on 24 hours a day, no matter where you are in the world to help you sort out whatever issue it is you may have.
The peace of mind that this gives when travelling is priceless. Being in a strange country, sometimes not knowing how to speak the language and have any sort of problem can very quickly ruin a great adventure.
Whenever I have experienced any sort of issue, Orbit have sorted it out without me having to worry or get involved. If you think travel is always smooth sailing, particularly overseas, you either don’t travel much or have been super duper lucky.
- On a trip to the US when our girls were both quite young, despite have confirmed pre booked seats, about a week before I noticed that my husband and I and our two girls were all seated separately on a 14 hour flight. Our girls both next to random strangers! I spent hours on the phone with the airline trying to sort with absolutely no luck at all. I was in such a panic thinking about our little girls sitting far away from us, with strangers, particularly when it was an overnight flight and we would be sleeping. Apparently, there was some computer issue with the seating, but the airline told us we would just have to try and sort at the airport and get people to move seats after check in, they couldn’t do anything other than that. The flights had been booked through Orbit, and I have no idea why I didn’t just call them immediately when I discovered the problem, but when I did, they escalated the issue and had us all seated together and everything sorted well before our date of departure.
- We booked a stay in Hawaii with our two girls and were upgraded to a better room as well as getting access to a “Club” within the hotel FOC that offered breakfast, evening cocktails, all day snack and exclusive access, all complementary thanks to Orbit with no charge to us.
- Finally, and the reason that prompted me to write this, I take out an annual travel insurance policy every year to cover myself and my family for travel, both domestic and international. This year, due to Covid 19, obviously all our travel plans have been cancelled and as well as being unlikely to return to travel at least for the remainder of the year. The policy is $1,500 a year, so very reasonable if you travel a lot, and particularly if you have any issues when traveling, but it’s a lot of money to pay out for nothing. As in, I can’t travel so the policy is effectively a total waste this year. I contacted Covermore who the policy is with and basically had no luck at all. I was so frustrated. However, once again, as the policy had been purchased via Orbit World, I contacted them to see if they would have any better luck. Can you believe I received a full refund on the policy thanks to Orbit World Travel and their contacts within the industry. This was a massive win for me and confirmed once and for all, I will NEVER travel without going via a reputable travel agent.
Finally, can I say that this is not a paid blog and Orbit World did not request or know about me writing it. But credit where credit is due. This is me passing on what I feel is valuable information to others who may travel and run into some of the issues I have in the past.
The service from a travel agent is why they are professionals and I could give another dozen examples of the value add I have received over the years.
Definitely check them out if you are after travel assistance, both business or leisure. They have offices all around Australia so will certainly be able to give you the same sort of great service that I have always experience with them.
Now if they can just sort out opening up the borders and letting us actually being able to travel again, I will continue to support them in the future. 😜