Grandview Travel is heating up with summertime vacations and one of the most frequently asked questions of clients interested in making travel plans is: "Why should I book my travel with you instead of on the Internet?"

Grandview Travel is heating up with summertime vacations and one of the most frequently asked questions of clients interested in making travel plans is: "Why should I book my travel with you instead of on the Internet?"

Well, there are a host of compelling reasons to use a travel agent: Travel agents are out to find the consumer the best rate available. Convenient one-stop shopping. Agents are there to save you money as well as time.
Here are several ways a travel agent can help you plan that next vacation:

Customer advocacy: If you have a problem with a particular part of your travel experience, the agent is there to act on your behalf to see that restitution is made. ASTA, for example, is the only travel association aggressively fighting to improve the travel experience, and air transportation in particular, for all consumers, not just those with access to the Internet.

Expert guidance: Travel agents, unlike instructions on a Web page, are experts in understanding and deciphering the myriad of travel information and codes out there. It's what they've been trained to do and they do it every day.

Personalized service: Instead of an impersonal voice thousand of miles away, travel agents are you neighbors. They know what you want and what you value in your travel experience.

Professional advice: Travel agents are there to make sure you get where you want to go, when you want to go and for the lowest price.

Time: Instead of checking a long list of travel Web pages, which only provide rates and fares for the companies that have contracted with them, why not go straight to the source? Travel agents have all the information at their fingertips, saving you a few hours in front of a computer screen.

Unbiased information: Agents work for their clients, not for a travel supplier. It makes sense that a happy customer will be a repeat customer.

Remember "Without an Agent.you're on your own."

Fred Kerner,
Grandview Travel
www.grandviewtravel.com

AAA: YOUR ROAD TRIP RESOURCE
Wherever you would like to go across the state or across the country AAA can help you get there.

It's that time of year again; time to plan the annual road trip a tradition from years past, and an American rite of passage. You probably have used AAA for years when planning your driving vacation. AAA members have access to some of the best driving tools available, including free maps, TourBooks and TripTiks. This year, we can help you with even more.

While at your AAA store picking up maps and TourBooks, or at AAA.com getting your TripTik, let us check hotel and attraction ticket prices for you. You may be surprised at what you'll find lower prices and great service. In addition, AAA members get exclusive discounts on lodging, dining, shopping and everyday services whenever you travel.

A sampling of the travel products we offer: Ohio getaways, motor coach explorations, cruises, international tours and much more.

AAA is the nation's largest leisure travel agency, and every traveler's one-stop shop for the industry's widest range of products and services.

Have a great vacation, and don't forget to take AAA along for the ride.

Kaye Emans
AAA-Ohio Auto Club
www.aaaohio.com