Really informative article. I agree with the author on so many levels. As a travel professional myself, and I don’t want to advertise or anything, I try to educate my clients that they should check prices with me first before booking online. I was able to save hundreds of dollars by having access to deals that my clients couldn’t get directly, for hotels, packages, and just flights. I am surprised how people still believe that the only place they can get the best deal nowadays is directly with a supplier and they do not realize that their local travel agent may have an even better deal for them!
I thank the author for mentioning travel agents, but we are not a thing of the past and not everyone charges service fees and work only with ultra wealthy clients. A lot of us work with regular Joes and we want to help save money and have a great travel experience. Granted, not every agent is good at their job, but as Tome Lewis wrote on Quora — “ You can get those discounts by calling yourself or better yet booking with a GOOD agent.”
Hopefully my advice can save people lots of money too.