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Travel Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017 - 11:45:58 AM

Vacation Planning Simplified: Making Your Dollar Go Farther

By Staff Editor
Sep 18, 2017 - 11:42:42 AM

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( - Beach or mountains? Domestic or international? Deciding where to take a vacation can seem a daunting task—but it doesn’t have to be. Although the explosion of online options vying for travelers’ dollars makes choosing where to book your vacation challenging, the best option for many travelers is a full-service online travel agency.

Why Use An Online Travel Agency

Here are three good reasons.

1. One-stop customer service: By using a full-service online travel agency, all parts of your trip, including car rental, hotel and air reservations, are in one place. Not only does that save you from having to track down multiple reservations from different providers, it also means that should a problem arise regarding any part of the trip, a single point of contact is available to help resolve the issue.

Online travel agencies also offer a variety of benefits to make the entire travel journey—before, during and after the trip—easier and more worry-free. In the case of online travel pioneer Travelocity, the Customer First Guarantee offers such benefits as 24/7 social media customer service, a price guarantee and more.

2. Cost savings: Along with periodic sales and promotions, another way to save money is a little-known “travel hack” made available by online travel agencies known as a “split ticket.” A split ticket is created when the price of two one-way tickets on different airlines is less than the same itinerary booked as a traditional round-trip. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t require any additional effort. Many online travel agency websites will automatically search for split ticket options during any round-trip flight query and return them as an option if savings are identified.

According to Travelocity Director of Online Marketing, Alan Cunningham, “When a split ticket option was selected, Travelocity customers saved about 10 percent on average compared to the traditional round-trip itinerary.”

3. Unique lodging options: You may think major hotel chains are all you’ll find on an online travel agency site, but with more than 321,000 lodging options around the world, has thousands of unique properties that reflect the true nature of the destination.

Some of these properties include a 300-year-old hotel in Massachusetts, a Wisconsin motel dedicated to recording live music, an Arizona motel featuring a room 200 feet below ground and a luxury tree-house hotel inMexico. After all, who hasn’t dreamt of spending the night in a tree house?

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