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Old 06-29-2017, 02:58 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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My thoughts (not a travel agent): travel agents who are experts on very specific types of vacations (I guess Disney qualifies) and who advertise themselves as much will remain in existence. More general travel agents will become extinct if they haven't already.
Agreed. The agency I've applied for is an "ear" marked agency (Mickey ears), which means they are a high-volume seller of Disney travel.
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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For the reasons stated above. Are you speaking travel in general or Disney?
Both.


I just never felt the need to use one.


I am resourceful. I am very good @ getting deals and I research everything.


I could see maybe older people or busy people who don't have the time/knowhow to do it themselves going to a travel agent, but for me, I'm 35, if I want to go somewhere I just research it and book it online.


Easy peasy.
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:13 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Both.


I just never felt the need to use one.


I am resourceful. I am very good @ getting deals and I research everything.


I could see maybe older people or busy people who don't have the time/knowhow to do it themselves going to a travel agent, but for me, I'm 35, if I want to go somewhere I just research it and book it online.


Easy peasy.
I used to do my own, then I took my first Disney cruise and was clueless, so I used an agent. Now I'm just lazy, lol.

Just last night, a friend told me she took her family to Disney and knew nothing about Fastpass+. Waited in line when she didn't have to. An agent (or a little study) could've helped.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:44 PM
 
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Travel agents rank right up there with car salesmen.

*cringe*

I worked at a hotel, we disliked Travel agents for two reasons: (1) Most tried to get FREE room and comps, saying they would refer folks to our property. (They never did!!) (2) See reason 1- They lie to benefit themselves.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I think it's been about 25 years since I used a travel agent. Seriously! Why would someone pay more when they can do it themselves online? I get the advice on where to go and someone looks up everything for you and books it, but I think that's actually part of the fun! BTW, I have been to Disney several times and booked it all myself. Not difficult. I think if you're going to be commission only you might spend a lot of hours for nothing.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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I used to do my own, then I took my first Disney cruise and was clueless, so I used an agent. Now I'm just lazy, lol.

Just last night, a friend told me she took her family to Disney and knew nothing about Fastpass+. Waited in line when she didn't have to. An agent (or a little study) could've helped.
Really? Wow. We went to Disney World for the first and only time fifteen years ago with our kids and had done virtually no research, stayed with extended family in Orlando so didn't have any exposure to anything Disney literally until we walked through the gates, and we were made aware of Fastpass almost immediately and used it all day. It wasn't like they made a secret of it. If we knew about it with the minimal effort that we put into planning our visit, anyone could have.
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:14 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Really? Wow. We went to Disney World for the first and only time fifteen years ago with our kids and had done virtually no research, stayed with extended family in Orlando so didn't have any exposure to anything Disney literally until we walked through the gates, and we were made aware of Fastpass almost immediately and used it all day. It wasn't like they made a secret of it. If we knew about it with the minimal effort that we put into planning our visit, anyone could have.
Fastpass+ is much different. If you wait until you arrive, the headliners will be gone.

If you wait until you arrive, table-service dining will be sparse.
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:18 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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I think it's been about 25 years since I used a travel agent. Seriously! Why would someone pay more when they can do it themselves online? I get the advice on where to go and someone looks up everything for you and books it, but I think that's actually part of the fun! BTW, I have been to Disney several times and booked it all myself. Not difficult. I think if you're going to be commission only you might spend a lot of hours for nothing.
The guest doesn't pay us-Disney does. Our services are free to the guest.

A friend of mine was able to quit his day job and just do travel agent. He works from home and makes a good living.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:03 PM
 
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The guest doesn't pay us-Disney does. Our services are free to the guest.

A friend of mine was able to quit his day job and just do travel agent. He works from home and makes a good living.


I have been booking my own travel since I taught myself SABRE and Eaasy SABRE in 1989-90. I was a scourge to our (former) corporate travel agent as I was able to show the company how we were not being directed to the best fares that were available in many cases.

Having said that, I see three legitimate reasons to book using a travel agency.

First, if I were booking a cruise, I would find an agent who is CLIA certified and who can match me with cruises that fit my interests. Sure, you can book on your own BUT do you know if the cruise line is really one that you will be happy with.

Second, I think that if you have a complicated international itinerary, using a specialist in the region you are traveling to can be a great assistance. In many cases, these agents have very specialized knowledge of the cities involved.

Disney is the third exception. Knowing a high volume Disney agent gives you access to deals that may not be available to the general public. A lot of these agents know a great deal about Disney and can help you plan your trip so that you have some great experiences.


As for compensation, MANY travel agents DO charge for their services and you should see what you will be charged to determine if it is worth it.


To the OP, I will confess that I always wanted to be a travel agent. However, I have a real aversion to paying for the necessary training with NO promise of job and them making little more than minimum wage with a few "freebie trips" thrown in to keep the natives happy.

I worked 15 years in various aspects of the hospitality industry. While the positions are always sold as exciting and glamorous, you are generally GROSSLY underpaid whether that is being a concierge, travel agent, a cruise ship employee, a hotel employee, and the like.

Good luck.
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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The guest doesn't pay us-Disney does. Our services are free to the guest.

A friend of mine was able to quit his day job and just do travel agent. He works from home and makes a good living.
Not bad if it doesn't cost the guests any extra money.

I just wasn't aware of the presence of Disney agents at all.

But I'm not going to Disney anytime soon, because I don't have kids yet.
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