Web only Specialist Travel Agents
Many companies have entered the online travel market in recent years and have quickly established themselves as reputable organisation you can trust. Unlike with face-to-face dealings, you can play around to your hearts content, changing dates, departure airports and a whole manner of things without feeling like you’re wasting someone’s time.
The prices you see will be based on an online booking, so if you feel the need to call the company direct there is little chance that they will reduce the price – that would simply defeat the companies overall strategy. Some sites provide useful destination resort information, but on the whole you will not be able to beat the knowledge available from a high-street agent. It is often cheaper than a like-for-like high street offer and you can even book it in your pyjamas.
If you are happy to book the most important holiday of your life this way (and there is no reason why not), then a web only specialist agent could be the way forward.
Reward Scheme Providers
Most people seem to be part of a reward scheme of one type or another, earning ‘points’ when you buy petrol or groceries etc, but many of us never spend them wisely. These points that you have accumulated can often be spent buying at least part of your holiday, if not all.
Airport parking, hire cars, flights and hotels are just some of the things you could spend your points on. You are unlikely to get much, if any, of a discount on the quoted price, but this could easily be offset by extra points being added to your account for your purchase – and we all know what points make!
There are a load of naff channels on satellite TV these days, but those dedicated to travel do not fall into this category. Providing an insight into one destination after another, they can not only be a great source of info (albeit slightly biased!), but can provide you with a great travel deal in the process.
One weak point of such channels is that they tend only to focus on mainstream destinations, so if it is backpacking in Chile you are after, you are barking up the wrong tree. For those of you who are interested in one of the many locations they do cover however, discounts are attainable so make sure that you drive a hard bargain.