Home Based Travel Agent


Both home based travel agent and consumers can and do benefit from the flood of online data on travel. 

Data that helps them decipher airfare mysteries, figure out which seats are best on each plane and learn the historical highs and lows of prices for any specific destination.

If you are a frequent flyer or someone willing to invest time to get the best deal and the best trip, it's heaven. If you would rather let someone else take care of your travel research and planning, it's overload.

Best Travel Destinations


Before you book your next trip, carefully evaluate the home based travel agent of your choice and clarify all the charges. 

Travel agents offer advice on destinations and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations and car rentals. It is their job to stay on top of travel trends and to look after the little things.  

Knowledgeable and experienced travel agents can quickly track down discounts and bargains, set up complicated itineraries and provide “insider information,” such as reports from others who have taken your proposed trip or vacation.

Travel Agent Specials


Some agents may be influenced by supply chains such as accommodation companies, beverage companies, food and recreation companies, shopping compagnies, tour operators, transportation companies. 

NAICS guidelines divide our tourism industry into six sectors, transportation, accommodation, food & beverage, recreation & entertainment and travel services.

But, and for many years, our tourism industry was divided into into eight sectors, accommodations, adventure & recreation, attractions, events & conferences, food & beverage, tourism services, transportation and travel trade.

So, simply ask your travel agent. What you want is a solid company that can and does provides a wide range of expert services including those related to problems and delays. 

Best Travel Deals


That said,

  • Be canny about fees. There is a wide range of fee structures even within a given market, so don’t hesitate to inquire.
  • Be loyal. Choose a reputable agency you’re familiar with or that has been referred and stick with it for all your travel services. 
  • Stay flexible. Providing a range of travel times may yield a better fare. 
  • Be precise. You can never be too specific when booking travel.
  • Get all the costs. Travel agents are required to outline all taxes, airport fees, and fuel surcharges that are part of your airfare.

That said, some travel agents only work part time, many are retired and have pensions and investments, others sell travel to family and friends while maintaining a career elsewhere and each and everyone of them enjoy the benefits of being in the travel industry.

For more information on travel agencies, you may wish to consult the Règlements sur les agents de voyage de l’Office de la protection du consommateur.

Montreal TOURISM Kit
Home Based Travel Agent by Rachel Louise Barry


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