Originally Posted by amolkold
I would, but OP clearly says "at times its quicker to pay for the help as Im on travel etc"
Award booking is time sensitive
And it is time consuming.
Above all things, it is the KNOWLEDGE that one is paying for.
Those pros know the alliances route maps like the back of their hands. They can come up with routing that none of the newbies here can think of, or know about.
Of course if your award idea is a r/t to Hawaii, or a r/t to Europe / Asia with the basic routing, you would think paying for such service is crazy... UNTIL, you have a very difficult time finding award seats on the basic routing you know about... such as just to get to Rome in July by business class to meet your cruise ... Then those services may come up with very unusual routing that have seats to get you there... just an example.