By choosing a travel agency that doesn’t charge you for travel, you can avoid getting slammed by an agent when you arrive.
It’s a technique that’s been used by hundreds of travel agencies and groups around the world to help travellers book their holidays.
Here’s how to do it.
What are travel agencies?
Travel agencies (or group travel agencies) are people who help you book a holiday.
You can find one from any airline, hotel, travel agent or online booking portal.
They are typically in a different city or country to the one where you’re travelling.
They usually have their own office or location, but also often have other staff working on their behalf.
When you book your trip, you may pay for a “passport” or travel insurance cover.
These cover the cost of your flight.
The insurance cover you pay will be the same as that you get from the travel agency.
It includes your own costs, which you can adjust or waive.
If you get a refund, you’ll have to pay a higher fee, or you can try to find another travel agency who doesn’t cover the travel costs you paid for.
What happens if you buy your ticket through an agency?
You don’t need to pay for the travel insurance.
The travel insurance covers the costs of your travel, and you don’t have to buy it.
You may pay the full cost yourself.
This is a good thing, because you get to choose how much of your money you’ll be responsible for.
If your travel insurance coverage covers more than the cost for the flight, you’re out of luck.
You’ll need to pick up the full bill yourself.
Why do travel agents charge so much?
Travel agents charge high prices because they can.
A recent study of Australian travel agencies found they charged more than triple the prices charged by British travel agencies, which had similar fees and policies.
They charged an average of €1,050 per day per trip, compared with a minimum of €250 per day.
Some travel agencies have even gone as far as to charge you €50 per day for each ticket you buy, while others charge you as little as €20 per ticket.
But you can choose to pay more, if you like.
For example, a company called Group Travel Agents in Australia charges an average $1,200 per day, or $1.18 per hour.
That’s more than double the rates charged by the best-selling travel agency TripAdvisor.
In the UK, you should pay at least £10 more per day than TripAdvisors.
You won’t have any of this extra cost if you go directly to the travel agent.
This could be a good option if you want to book a long-haul trip with a trusted travel agency in the UK.
If, however, you don, choose to book directly with an agent, it’s likely you’ll pay more.
Group travel agents often charge more than Tripadvisor.
If they charge you more than they actually do, they’ll just put the extra money back into your account.
They’ll charge you the same rate as TripAdverters.
How to choose the right travel agency When you buy a ticket through a travel agent, you might have to negotiate a higher rate with them.
You might want to take a look at their policy.
If the agent offers a cheaper rate than TripAdvice, you could decide to take their offer.
However, if the agent charges more than it should, you have the option to change to another agency.
Some agencies don’t charge upfront, so you won’t know the actual cost until you book the trip.
If that’s the case, it may be worth contacting them to find out.
They may offer a discount on the final cost.
For some travel agencies there’s a “free” option that you can use to find a cheaper agency.
This might be the case if you’re looking for a group trip or to book hotels, or it could be because they offer a reduced rate on a booking.
If this is the case for you, you’d better go with an agency that offers the lowest price you can afford.
Where to book online How to book an online booking When you use an online travel agency to book your holiday, you pay an annual fee.
You pay this fee by bank transfer or credit card.
This fee is usually about €50, although it varies depending on the agency.
The fee can be a little higher if you pay with a cash deposit or if you have a credit card that’s accepted by many travel agencies.
When the agency asks you for your name, your passport number and a credit or debit card number, it will send you a confirmation email.
This confirmation email contains your details and gives you the option of adding an extra booking, which may be cheaper.
This extra booking can be used for any of the following: an extra night of accommodation or meals