Wonder which is better, booking corporate travel yourself or using the services of a corporate travel agency? A new study, “Best of Both Worlds: Quantifying How Travel Agents Save Consumers Time and Money” answers that question. The study conclusively shows that using travel agents really do help you save money.
The study showed that most people who arranged their own travel wanted to save money; however, the results showed that using a travel agent saved an average of $452 a trip. So using a travel agent can not only help you avoid mistakes or an uneven quality of flights, transportation, and hotels, but it can also end up being cheaper. Nearly half of the people who did not use a travel agent said that they would have done so if they had known it would save them money.
Time is Money
Sometimes it seems like having your employees book their own travel would be more efficient and cost-effective. However, most employees are not experts at booking travel and can spend a lot of time trying to figure out the best routes, prices, and locations. The study found that on average travelers saved 4 hours by using an agent. So asking your employees to book their own travel adds four hours of their salary to the cost of the trip. Is it worth it?
Expert business travel agencies know far more about different airline routes and hotels than any business traveler. In addition, they have access to deals and information from a private network of global travel. That is probably why 69 percent of people surveyed said agents saved them time when planning and booking.
One of the most interesting findings of the study is that 63% of travelers said their overall trip experience was better when they used an agent. Travel agents can improve the experience of travelers by:
- Making sure all of their travel arrangements go smoothly.
- Negotiating superior hotel, transportation and air accommodations for discount prices.
- Being able to help business travelers to understand local situations.
- Helping re-arrange travel to accommodate emergencies or changed plans.
Why Agents Are Better
Travel agents don’t just make arrangements. GTI travel’s agents are available in person 24/7 to deal with emergencies large and small. Getting the best deal is not just about saving money. It is about getting the services you need at the best price. With a travel agent, you don’t just get a person to make travel arrangements, you get someone to make sure those arrangements go well and someone who can help when they don’t.
Why GTI Travel is a Good Choice
Your company has a lot invested when they send out business travelers. Your company representatives don’t just need to get to a location, they need to arrive:
- Rested and ready to present your company image.
- On time for meetings.
- With all of their luggage and presentation materials.
- At a safe location that lets them travel where they need to go.
With 4000 locations in 149 countries, GTI Travel is well-positioned to take your business travelers anywhere in the world, but more importantly, to also get them home again safely.