Cincinnati travel agents give tips on booking vacations

Cincinnati travel agents give tips on booking vacations

Why should people plan a trip through a travel agency?

Wayne Taleff: "One is the expertise. There's no fee for most services. And our follow-up, we check after customers have booked to see if rates go down."

Dave Herschburger: "It's time and money savings, convenience, and the security that you're dealing with someone locally you can get to know rather than an unknown entity."

Jane Jones: "The professional expertise and advice. If you're booking online, you're on your own. If you run into difficulties, you want a professional to assist you."

How do you charge?

Taleff: "For the most part, there's no fee, because we're paid by the companies. For airline tickets, it's a flat fee of $37 for domestic and $50 for international."

Herschburger: "Some suppliers pay us commission, so there's no direct charge to the consumer. We may charge a service fee for airline ticketing from $15 and up."

Jones: "There's a wide range of services we provide, so there's no set fee structure. We have a standard airline ticketing fee of $30 to $60."

How far in advance should people plan trips?

Taleff: "As far as in advance as possible. You get a larger selection."

Herschburger: "As far as in advance as you know you're going, you'll get the best prices and choices."

Jones: "Six months to a year in advance."

What's the one travel tip you always give customers?

Taleff: "Confirm your flight 24 to 48 hours in advance."

Herschburger: "Take twice the money and half the clothes."

Jones: "Experience the trip without any preconceived things in mind."

What's one place you recommend everyone should visit and why?

Taleff: "If you're thinking of Europe, I'd say Italy. If you want a beach, Hawaii is beautiful."

Herschburger: "My personal favorite is Alaska."

Jones: "Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have always been my favorite destinations."

What's the worst or funniest travel story you've ever heard from a client?

Taleff: "A client in Cancun called us - they locked themselves out on the balcony and called to ask us to call the hotel to have someone unlock the door."

Herschburger: "We gave away a week-long trip to Cancun. A hurricane came and the winner spent four days in a gymnasium with 2,000 other people."

Jones: "From my airline reservation days: a woman didn't want a window seat on the flight because she had just had her hair done."

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