It's not unusual customers who have us plan their African safaris and European trips tell us: I didn't think to ask whether you can book our weekend hotel getaway! With so many online hotel booking sites promising the lowest price, it's not surprising travelers often don't think about contacting a travel consultant just for handling hotel accommodations.
While it's easy to book a hotel online, there are a few reasons why you might rethink that.
1. Through negotiated agreements, select travel agencies like ours have "breakfast-included" rates at over 800 of the world's best 4- and 5-star hotels and resorts. These Signature Collection hotels and resorts are not properties that just rely on their reputation. We vet these hotels each year with personal visits and mystery shopper programs, to make sure they're up to snuff.
In addition to including breakfast for up to two persons per room, which alone can be a $100 per day additional value, all the Signature Collection hotels extend guests an additional amenity, which varies by hotel, from a complimentary massage to free parking and WiFi.
2. Then there's the preferred partner relationships top-shelf travel agencies have with luxury brands that include Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Dorchester Collection, Orient Express, Sofitel, Rosewood, Langham, Peninsula and others. While we can never promise, our clients often receive VIP treatment and premium perks, perks you wouldn't otherwise receive booking online. In some cases we can provide complimentary room upgrades at time of booking or at time of check-in, preferred check-in and check-out times, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more.
3. Finally, it's often the case the room we book for you is not the same room you'd receive booking from an online discount site, where hotels will provide the fewest amenities, and sometimes the least desirable rooms. The top hotels value and encourage the business that travel consultants provide, and in turn extend better service to their clients. While an individual traveler who books a one-time stay online is on their own and has limited leverage, we can leverage the volume of business we generate year over year, which is of great value to hotels when there's so much competition for them.
So when considering your next hotel getaway, we suggest you contact your travel consultant, and let us leverage our connections to provide you the best chance of enjoying the best overall value for your stay -- even if it may cost a few dollars more, and then again, it might not.