Why You Shouldn’t Book Travel On Budget Booking Sites
About to start the overwhelming process of planning a trip? It’s easy to be tempted to jump over to those budget booking websites to book your entire itinerary in one location. However, those sites aren’t all the chalked up to be. Here are the main mistakes customers make when booking their travel on discount booking websites:
Assuming you’ll have access customer service
Spending an hour on hold is frustrating at the best of times and downright infuriating when you’re stranded in a foreign country about to miss a flight or standing in a hotel lobby without a room to sleep. It’s common for customers who have booked with sites such as Expedia and Travelocity to be stuck on hold for hours, getting bounced back and forth between representatives or waiting months for a reply to an email. Sometimes our travel plans don’t go as expected, but with Thomas Hogan Vacations, you always know that, when things don’t go according to plan, you have a knowledgeable and easily-available contact ready to help you get back on track. That’s a lot more peace-of-mind then you’ll get from a faceless budget travel website.
Not reading all that fine print
Chances are you don’t often take the time to read through all that fine print when you agree to something online. However, with budget booking sites, ignoring the fine print may mean hefty fees and unpleasant surprises when it’s time to travel. Many customers don’t know that the tiny wording below the book now button talks about nonrefundable tickets, standby boarding passes and hefty fees to change travel dates. When you work with a travel agent, you don’t have to worry about those tiny, easy to overlook details ruining your trip.
Assuming you’re getting the best deal
Those budget booking sites are there to make sure you always get the best deal on travel reservations, right? Not always. In fact, you can almost always get the same deal or better when you book directly through the airline or hotel chain. It might take more time, but you’ll know exactly what your money is getting you. Don’t want to spend an hour searching through different travel websites to find the best deal? Let our experts do the work! We often can find cheaper rates or better seats through our connections and experience that you couldn’t find anywhere online.