It is a common misconception that using a travel professional to book your vacation package will cost you more. The truth is that the cost is no different and in fact may be even less by using a travel professional.
Some reasons are:
1. Any commissions paid to professionals are built into the vacation, cruise or tour price whether you book direct or use a professional.
2. If there is a price reduction in the cost of the vacation package prior to final payment being made the supplier rarely will notify you. However, your travel professional will advise you.
3. Any money the client pays for travel is paid directly to the travel supplier. On rare occasions we do handle client funds but in compliance with law all of those funds are deposited into a trust account. For California residents those funds are protected by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF).
4. Many times travel agents are offered group rates not usually available to the general public. Group rates most likely will include extra amenities.
Use a Travel Professional and take advantage of the resources available to us which not always are offered to the general public. Travel Professionals book hundreds of vacation packages annually and because of that volume usually can offer the client discounts and promotions. We also offer such services as:
a. Arranging flights and airport transfers;
b. Planning and booking hotels and travel insurance;
c. Booking shore excursions;
d. Make the onboard dining and entertainment arrangements;
e. Assisting the client with any issues such as weather delays or missed connections (is there a contact person online where you would get this type of assistance?);
f. Discussing all options with you and suggest specific choices based on your budget and life style.
If you book directly with a single cruise line, vacation package supplier or tour operator, either online or by phone, that supplier representative is not an unbiased source for alternative suggestions or recommendations. Travel Professionals who deal with all types of suppliers and vacation operators can book the options you want and that complement your life style and desires.
To book your next vacation please contact one of our Travel Professionals (Under the heading About Us on the Home Page) or TerraMar direct:
TerraMar Travel, Inc.
133 N Buena Vista #4
Hemet, CA 92543
*It is understood that registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. Passengers from outside of California are not Eligible to participate in the TCRF (California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund). California law requires that all consumer funds are to be handled by the registered seller of travel (in this case TerraMar Travel, Inc.) and deposited in a trust account or other escrow account. TerraMar Travel, Inc. has a trust account with a Major Bank and all consumer/passenger funds are deposited in that account and withdrawn in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
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