Think of me, your travel consultant, as your tour guide that will lead you to the perfect vacation.

Many vacation-seekers take the knee jerk reaction of heading online to make their reservations. The lure of Internet convenience and control quickly turns into confusion, indecisiveness and anxiety not to mention a huge time suck. How do I know? Not a day goes by that I don’t receive emails or –phone calls – pleading for help from these exact problems from would-be vacationers.

What is an advantage of using Mångata Travel?

Travel consultants are “All Inclusive” – Hotels, vacation package companies and cruise lines all include travel agent commissions in their published prices. If you do all the work yourself online, they “pocket” the difference. Using the services of a travel consultant means you get the customer service you deserve. You won’t be spending hours on the Internet, hanging on phone hold for eternity or wasting any precious time wondering and worrying.

Do travel consultants cost more?

Travel consultants do not cost more – Travel consultants basically earn their living by commissions earned from sales of hotel stays, cruises, sightseeing and rental cars. The airlines haven’t paid commissions to travel consultants since the mid 1990’s.

Are travel consultants pushy?

Travel consultants are not pushy – Any good travel consultant knows it’s not about making the sale. It’s about creating happy clients. Happy clients become fans of your company, come back often and recommend your company to others.

Do travel consultants match online prices?

Travel consultants match online prices – Some people just enjoy planning their own vacations. These are probably the same people who like putting together IKEA furniture. It’s OK, you can find your best price and email me all the details. I will either be able to match it or even help you find something better.

Do travel consultants get you special rates?

Travel consultants have rates that you don’t – Travel consultants are privy to special flight prices, special hotel and cruise cabin rates that consumers will never find online themselves. This feature alone will save you money. Beyond pricing, good travel consultants have the buying power to get extra amenities like ship board credits or insider tours that can also enhance your vacation.

Do you save time with a travel consultant?

Travel consultants save you time – Time is our most precious commodity and yet so many people are willing to waste it. HOURS can be spent to properly research a vacation. With the amount of conflicting information available online, it’s easy to quickly get overwhelmed and confused. If you have detailed questions or need to plan a complicated itinerary, I do all the work for you. I can make the international phone calls to get your questions answered. I know who to reach out to in order to get the job done, saving you hours of time.

I never seem to understand the “fine print”. Will my travel consultant?

Travel consultants understand the fine print– Most people don’t bother reading any of the fine print terms and conditions of their travel documents until it’s too late. This is what “trips” them up (pun intended) and costs them big bucks in the long term. Even if folks do stop to read it, they may not fully understand all the implications. Travel consultants are well versed in these rules, terms and conditions. I can help navigate and protect your family and investment.

How can a travel consultant protect you?

Travel consultants protect you – Most DIY vacation planners don’t realize that medical insurance usually does not cover your family while on vacation out of area or especially overseas. Many foreign countries will take your passport if you are admitted to a hospital and will expect payment in full for any treatment or surgery prior to discharge. A good travel agent will make sure you have the proper peace of mind with the right travel insurance to keep your family safe and protected.

What is the difference between great value and cheapest price?

Travel consultants prevent hassles – Many DIY travel people don’t realize if there is a HUGE difference between great value and the cheapest price. For example, you may pay a really low price for your family’s flight but that doesn’t mean you’ll make your connecting flight. This could result in an unexpected camp out at the airport terminal and the out of pocket loss for the vacation days you’re missing. A good travel agent knows certain airports require longer connection times than others to prevent problems. This is just one of many examples that “trips” up online travel shoppers.

What if I book now and can get a lower rate in a month?

Travel consultants babysit your reservations – Many folks have commitment issues when it comes to pulling the trigger and confirming their reservations. They always think they will get a cheaper last minute rate. Often they wait too long, forfeit availability and end up paying much more for their vacation. Most people don’t realize that if their trip goes on sale, they can get a lower rate. A good travel agent will babysit your reservation and have any lower prices or sales applied to your reservation, even after you’ve made your initial deposit.

When do I have to pay for my vacation?

Travel consultants offer affordable payment plans – Booking online requires payment in full at the time you confirm your reservations. This means you could be paying huge credit card interest fees that will add to the total cost of your vacation in the long run. If you plan ahead and use a travel agent, you will only be required to pay a small deposit to confirm your family’s vacation reservations. Final payment for your trip will usually be required 45 to 60 days prior to your departure. This means your travel agent can set up a monthly vacation layaway program that could save you hundreds on credit card interest.

What happens if something unexpected happens?

Travel consultants work as your troubleshooter – No matter how much you prepare, unexpected “stuff” happens while you’re on vacation. When you book with a travel consultant, they are with you every step of the way. I am your personal advocate. If you run into any issues, I can make calls and usually fix the situation so you don’t have to waste valuable vacation time problem solving. I know who to call and how to ask for the right solutions, many times exceeding your expectations. I make sure any problems are solved to your satisfaction.

Have a question you don’t see? 
Feel free to call 612-708-5121 or email me.

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