Online Travel Agent - What Does That Mean


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Online Travel Agent - What Does That Mean

  1. 1. ==== ====The Traveling Clown - Save on online travel, international travel, airlines and car share searchingtravel ====Once upon a time, in a place not far away, but in an era long since forgotten, there was a magicalthing called a full service gas station. Do you remember? People would actually come out andpump your gas for you! It may sound like just a fairy tale, but its true, it really did happen!Now days, our travel agents are going the way of the full service gas station. People just donthave time anymore, time to go in and meet with a travel agent, time to go over options, basically -they dont have time for full service. Online travel agents are all around us now, on the internet.They are convenient, but not quite the full service "station" we are used to when making our travelplans.What is an online travel agent? An online travel agent is more like an online booking resource. It isany website that you can go to make travel arrangements. I am sure most of you have visited asite like this. You can log in, do multiple searches for flights, hotel rooms, car rentals etc. andplace your order online - very convenient!Online travel agent bookings sites are helpful in many ways; people can explore all of theirdifferent options for travel right in one spot. If you are looking for a flight to Europe, for example,and your route is flexible, users can map out different itineraries online. Then, the user can pickwhich works best for them and make a decision about what they want to do. Also, the user getsexposed to options that they may not have thought of before; therefore broadening their horizonsof what type of travel arrangements are available to them.Another pro for using an online travel agent website is the wide variety of products that they offer.Not only can a customer browse airfare, car rental, and hotel options. Travel insurance, airportshuttles, and tour tickets are also available for purchase. This is very helpful to an online travelplanner, as they can cover most of their travel planning needs in one visit to a website.After booking a confirmation on a travel website, the customer will receive an email withconfirmations and contact information. The information that is provided to the customer usuallyincludes information about any E-tickets, car rental policies (or where to go to look for the policies),and provides information on what to do if the travel plans change. All of this information right at thefingertips of the travel planning consumer.Many people wonder if booking these types of travel arrangements online is safe. Yes - it is.Websites spend a lot of time and productivity making sure that their payment systems, whetheroutsourced or not, are safe. It is important for their reputation to provide reliable payment systemsand to maintain secure sights. Bad news travels fast, and if a website wasnt taking care of theircustomers, it wouldnt take long for the world to notice.
  2. 2. Taking from personal experience I have never had a problem with booking with an online travelagent. I have been booking travel online for over ten years and I cant say that I have had oneproblem! I have even found that after booking my super cheap airfare on a we site, after I receivedmy reservation information via email, it was s easy to tweak my reservation details with the actualairline after the fact. I have never had a situation where I have paid for my booking online, and hadit not be legitimate when I showed up for the reservation, either. Basically, booking online with anonline travel agent website is an easy, affordable, and safe way to book your travel.Online travel agents may seem scary to some. With news about security breaches and privacyissues, I cant blame people for being shy about booking travel plans online. I have to say though,give it a try! You are bound to have a great and educational travel planning experience. And whoknows, it might even be fun!Online travel planning can be daunting and time consuming. If you would like some moreinformation on online travel agents, click here. With a little planning, you can create your perfectvacation online.Pamela is the author and owner of, a travel and information website devoted tovisitors exploration of Germanys largest state of Bavaria. Her passion for travel and theexploration the history behind Bavarias tourist hotspots is displayed by her self designed website.Article Source: ====The Traveling Clown - Save on online travel, international travel, airlines and car share searchingtravel ====