How Much Does a Travel Agent Cost?

Budgeting for a holiday is one of the most important aspects of trip planning. Figuring out how much you can spend on flights, lodging, food, and activities means the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a trip that causes serious financial stress.

One of the best ways to plan a budget-conscious trip is to use a travel agent, but what does that cost? Well, it depends. While some agents don’t charge a penny, others have been known to add (sometimes significant) fees to the process.

In case you’re wondering, I never charge client fees.

It’s a point of pride that I work off commissions paid directly by vendors or suppliers. You book a holiday, and that’s it. There are no added costs.

 

Before I outline how it works, let’s discuss the fees you could avoid by working with me - Your Travel PA. 

 

Common Travel Agent Fees To Avoid

Travel agent fees date back to the pre-internet days. When airlines stopped paying commissions in the early 2000's, agents had to make up the lost income somehow, so they came up with customer fees. These don’t always apply (and as mentioned above, never do with me). That said, it’s still helpful to know how much using an agent could cost.

Agent fees can be broken down into three categories:

Research Fees 

Some travel agents charge a research fee that ranges from £100 to upwards of £500, depending on your needs. This fee covers the time spent searching for and curating a list of possible hotels, flights, restaurants, and activities based on your budget and interests. Alternatively, some agents choose to charge by the hour for their research and scheduling duties.

Travel Design

You tend to find trip design fees for luxury vacations: They cover the time and relationship cultivation it takes for an agent to find more exclusive lodging, flights, and food and activity reservations. Some agents will apply the fee to the cost of the trip, but not all.

A La Carte Needs

Some agents will book a flight or reserve a hotel or even get you into an exclusive restaurant or show for you for a nominal fee. If you’re incredibly busy in your day-to-day life, or travel is an integral part of your job, the additional charge might worth it. 

 



But why pay 
any fee when you could use me? You get personal service and a world-class holiday.

My vendors and suppliers pay commission to me for every sale. A portion of the money you spend on your hotel or air travel comes to me with no added client fees. 

That can help you assess your budget and decide what makes the most sense for you (especially when you consider time and energy spent researching in addition to upfront costs). 

You will find, however, that working with an agent like me, will save you time and money, and will help me to earn a living. The closer you get to your travel advisor, the more you’ll enjoy this symbiotic relationship: You get a great holiday; they get a bonus. 

Besides, we are great at what we do. We have the know-how, skills, and resources to find you packages, discounts, and exclusive deals that wouldn’t otherwise be available to you. And you don’t have to pay a penny.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me!

Budgeting for a holiday is one of the most important aspects of trip planning. Figuring out how much you can spend on flights, lodging, food, and activities means the difference between the trip of a lifetime and a trip that causes serious financial stress.


Posted: 5 November, 2020 | By Kelly Ball