A travel agent can be an incredibly useful business tool, and your best resource for vacation planning. We know you can walk into a bookstore and buy a travel guide, or pull up information on the Internet, but we are more than just an easy alternative to booking it yourself. A travel agency is a collection of people who are passionate about travel. We are specialists in making your travel plans a reality. Here are the top ten reasons to turn to us first when you're ready to hit the road.

10. We have access to all airfares for all airlines on one screen, so you don't have to make a dozen phone calls or visit a dozen web sites to get a fare comparison. Our database includes web fares.

9. We are totally familiar with the arcane and confusing rules of airline faring. We know how to make them work to your advantage.

8. We watch out for our clients. If there's a schedule change, a cancellation, a pilots' strike, or other emergencies we call and let you know so you can rearrange your schedule.

7. If you buy a ticket from an airline and an hour later change your mind, you are absolutely, positively stuck with your ticket. If you bought it from us you have twenty-four hours to change your mind.

6. Travel agents love to travel, so we are personally familiar with destinations around the world from the mundane to the exotic. We can help you plan a vacation to absolutely anywhere, and chances are we've been there ourselves.

5. We will assist you to determine what visas you need to go to another country, what vaccinations are currently required, which airports do not meet FAA safety standards, and what the political situation is in unstable areas of the world. We will give you all the options and let you weigh the risks.

4. A travel agent knows what questions to ask. We can save you money, headaches, and time. We can tell you when there's a cheaper option, whether saving a few dollars will cost you too much in travel time, why it makes more sense to take cabs instead of renting a car in New York City, and how to choose a hotel for your big sales meeting or your honeymoon.

3. Through our membership in travel consortiums we are able to get special rates on hotels and car rentals throughout the world.

2. You can purchase airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, tours, rail passes, and certain theatre and show tickets through your travel agency. We offer the ultimate in one stop shopping.

1. We are the traveler's advocate. If something goes wrong, we are on your side, not theirs.

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