Denver area travel agencies talk about trip planning tips
Who we talked to
John Akers, owner
Specialty Tours Travel
3095 S. Parker Road, Ste. 150
Jeff Gregory, owner
All-Inclusive Vacations, Inc.
1595 Iris St. Lakewood
William Rogers, president
3144 S. Helena St.
Why should people plan a trip through a travel agency?
John Akers: "There are guarantees that come with working with an agency."
Jeff Gregory: "Time savings. They can put the responsibility in the hands of a professional."
William Rogers: "To make travel easy and to make the world smaller for people."
How do you charge?
John Akers: "Most of the time, it's by commission. If it's just an airline ticket, we charge a $30 fee."
Jeff Gregory: "We get paid by the suppliers who provide the travel package. If it's just airline tickets, we charge $30."
William Rogers: "We charge 7 percent of the airline price."
How far in advance should people plan trips?
John Akers: "I would say two to three months out. At that stage you're probably going to get the best airfare."
Jeff Gregory: "Three months would be good advice."
William Rogers: "Three months or ahead is OK."
What's one place you recommend everyone visit?
John Akers: "In the United States, one place they should visit is Washington, D.C."
Jeff Gregory: "Our top seller is the Riviera Maya area south of Cancun."
"I would advise South Africa."
Are more vacationers turning to Internet travel sites instead of agencies?
John Akers: "We're not going to compete with that market. Some people will always use a travel agency."
Jeff Gregory: "I think there's room in the marketplace for both."
William Rogers: "Most people go online before visiting agencies. We have a website, so people can use ours."