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Need travel agent who can help with reward & paid bookings

Old May 7, 2024, 12:36 pm
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Need travel agent who can help with reward & paid bookings

Iíve got a complex year of travel - usually I assess myself whether itís better doing a points booking vs a paid booking, whatever works out best value but Iíve got so many flights I wonder if itís better
to have a travel agent to helpÖ. Does anyone know of any travel agents who can help with reward bookings and paid bookings/assessing best value for booking flights / whether itís better to wrap some of them into a larger itineraryÖ. Let me know!
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Old May 8, 2024, 10:23 am
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I offer award booking services to anywhere in the world . Send a PM in case I can help you.
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Old May 8, 2024, 10:49 am
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One thing to consider is whether you want consultation in coming up with a blended itinerary vs. using a "real" travel agent to book the non-points parts of your itinerary. I would hesitate to have someone do the bookings as a 3rd party, as I necessarily have to include them in changes, IRROPS, etc.
Check out this thread where it list people who do assistance with complicated points bookings.
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Old May 9, 2024, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by Jblackman1984
I’ve got a complex year of travel - usually I assess myself whether it’s better doing a points booking vs a paid booking, whatever works out best value but I’ve got so many flights I wonder if it’s better
to have a travel agent to help…. Does anyone know of any travel agents who can help with reward bookings and paid bookings/assessing best value for booking flights / whether it’s better to wrap some of them into a larger itinerary…. Let me know!
There are many Award Booking Services. At the Seattle FTU last weekend Point.me (free for some AmEx cardholders) and Roame seemed to be most highly recommended. Forbes also has recommendations. Google search will result in many different websites/services.
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Old May 11, 2024, 7:39 am
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There are many reward booking sites, or travel agents, but few who combine both. I actually have a reliable contact who I enjoy using. Let me know if you want their contact. Happy to DM you. The amazing thing is, they use their commissions from any paid services to "credit" you for any service fees they would have charged.
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Old May 12, 2024, 7:17 pm
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Originally Posted by aviationp
... they use their commissions from any paid services to "credit" you for any service fees they would have charged.
How do they make their income and profits?
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Old Jun 4, 2024, 10:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Dr Jabadski
How do they make their income and profits?
They charge me a service fee. However, since I pay him service fees, he also gives me a "credit" back for any commissions he earns.

So he is still making his income and profit, but it's driven by service fees, rather than commission. Overall, I think it works out better, since he isn't incentivized to upsell me for a bit higher commission, and I give him the freedom to look at all my rewards and determine best path forward, either points or cash.
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Old Jun 5, 2024, 6:48 am
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.......and I give him the freedom to look at all my rewards and determine best path forward, either points or cash.
So you grant the agent access to your logins/pwords? Or just give them balance amounts?
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Old Yesterday, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by xooz
So you grant the agent access to your logins/pwords? Or just give them balance amounts?
When I first worked with him? Not at all. I gave him approximate balances because they asked.

I have worked with them for a while, they have my credit card on file. I figure if I can trust them with credit cards, I can trust them with logins and passwords. However, some systems still require 2FA, so I know when they are logging in. Marriott and Air Canada definitely do. Others, I'm not sure. But, sometimes it hurts me more than it hurts them, when availability comes up on a flight I booked with cash, they need to wait for me to be accessible. On more than one occasion, I lost that seat, but that is just the cost of security.

I still need to login to transfer points though, I have no secure way of setting them up for credit card transfer partners.
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