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Travel Arrangements With Corporate Travel Agencies and Its Advantages

The function of corporate travel agencies and having a dedicated corporate travel agent is very significant especially for making travel arrangements whether domestically or overseas. Acting as your own travel agent will most probably lead you to a losing end. Take time to ponder what you really need for your next travel plans. Do you want to make the arrangements yourself or get the services of a professional corporate travel agent?

Making the arrangements on your own might look easy simply because all you need is do some research online. However, it is very time consuming jumping from website to website that might provide you the services you need. An hour might not be enough going through all of the best deals that you will find and sometimes they’re not even the best out there! And if it so, do you have more than an hour to spare? Don’t you think it is best to obtain the help of the corporate travel agencies who can perform the job in time as they are more trained to serve the purpose? For a small service fee, won’t you agree that a more knowledgeable and skillful individual trained for the job will be better than doing it yourself?

Here are some advantages that might help you decide.

Utilizing the expertise of corporate travel agencies can save you money no matter what the destination is and seat accommodation you require. Either business seats or economy expert business travel consultants can get you discounted fares. Most travel agents have legal agreements with airlines like discounted rates that are exclusive only to them and is not available for the general public. Online reservations will only show regular or published fares which you cannot bargain with. Furthermore, side trips and complicated trips are a lot more difficult to arrange on your own, not so if you have a dedicated travel consultant who can arrange them for you with no hassle at all.

These corporate travel agencies have the ability and access to a worldwide distribution network allowing them to secure reservations for a given time frame allowing their clients buy time guaranteed that they will not lose their seat or the fare.

An expert corporate travel agent can in fact deal with company travelers, from small, medium or large companies. From air travel reservations hotel accommodations and car rentals, they have the network to all of these and arrange everything in one fell swoop. Imagine doing all arrangements yourself.

From company executives down to the rank and file staff they can make business travel plans tailored to company specifics and requirements. Minimizing expenses yet adhering to business scheduling of the employee or executive.

A dedicated business travel consultant can perform and support multiple tasks for a corporation aside from assisting common business traveling, Team Building events, large conferences and events. Either company represented or company sponsored events.

The travel agents shall see to it that they will obtain the best deals available for their costumers which often results to a lot of savings on their clients pocket in fulfillment to the financial guidelines set by their client.

Money, Time, Effort all significant variables that you can save working with corporate travel agents and agencies and help you avoid costly travel arrangements due to lack of information regarding how to get everything organized and arranged.

Three Major Reasons to Book Your Travel With a Travel Agent

There are many personal reasons that web visitors are returning to independent and personal travel agents, however, two reasons, are fairly common and can be found in major forums, blogs and message boards.

The number one reason travelers are returning to travel agents is because of the horrify stories that are found online. Usually the story goes like this; Web visitor sees a good deal, reads most of the travel information about the travel package, takes out his credit card and books the vacation. Only to find out once they reach their destination, that the room that was to be ocean side is actually in the corner of the hotel and does not have a full view of the ocean at all. Individual goes to the front desk to inquiry about the ocean front accommodations and is told that the hotel is booked, and a room change is NOT possible.

In an effort to save his/her vacation they return to their room and make the best of the accommodations which were given to them.

Except when this traveler is ready to book his/her travel in the future, they seek out a travel professional, rather than a web site. Plus, they share their story online, with friends and family, and of course the neighbors, who then also think hard and long before a major vacation without the help of a travel professional.

The second major group of travelers which are moving towards travel professionals never really left the travel agents in the first place. This is the group who want to take a cruise and are not sure of all of the particulars when booking a cruise.

This group of travelers often look for the online deals and then call their travel agent to see if the deals can be matched. And many times, they cannot. Why, because the large travel sites purchase in bulk and can discount cruises in ways that smaller agencies can not.

Regardless of the money saved, when travelers are putting out $2,500 for two, for a 10 day cruise, they don’t mind paying a little extra for in order to avoid confusion when booking a cruise, which is very easy to do, especially if you aren’t familiar with the ship.

The third reason, that many travelers are not aware of, for booking with a travel professional is the most important reason to book with a travel agent. Can you say payment plan? The online sites don’t usually offer this option. It is pay the entire cost, right now, or forget it. Not so when booking with a travel professional. You can put a minimum down and pay the balance 90 or 60 days before departure in most cases. (Plus you can get the early bird booking specials and upgrades)

Monthly payments, especially when taking a major cruise, are not only acceptable, but encouraged. And now that the cruise industry has added land value tours in conjunction with the cruises, you can tour half of Europe before departing on a cruise for the Turkey, the Holy Land and Egypt, or Greece.

And of all the reasons given, the automatic payment plan that an experienced travel professional can provide to you, is in my opinion, is one of the best reasons to use a travel professional when booking major travel. It’s called monetary options. (The exception to the above suggestions is, the cheapest airfares can usually be found online)

Feel Secure With Best Travel Insurance Coverage

Bajaj Allianz life insurance is a distinct corporate among the world giants such as Bajaj auto and Allianz group. Bajaj auto is the largest manufacturer of two-wheelers and three wheelers in the world and Allianz group is one of the top ranked insurance companies in the world. Bajaj Allianz insurance company has more than 800 offices around the whole world and about 4 million satisfied clients. Bajaj Allianz life insurance company provides an extensive variety of insurance plans and policies.

Bajaj Allianz insurance offers convenient payment schemes like debit cards, credit cards, cheques, or directly from their customers bank accounts. The friendly and patient agents of Bajaj Allianz life insurance helps in the specifications of insurance policies, quotes and terms that best suits each individuals needs.

Bajaj Allianz offers a wide variety of insurance in India. Travel companion, travel elite and student travel are the most important insurance plans under Bajaj Allianz. They are also providing other travel plans like corporate insurance, travel Asia and travel swadesh yatra. Let’s go in to some details of these plans.

Travel companion is a travel insurance policy which is a comprehensive package which provides complete medical and health cover to the international traveler. You can choose a suitable plan according to your requirements from the travel companion insurance plan which offers customized plans for individual, family and senior citizen of age, 61-70. This policy covers personal accident, medical expenses and repatriation, loss and delay of checked baggage, personal liability, loss of passport, cashless service, hospitalization expenses, hijack cover, emergency cash advance, trip delay, golfers hole-in-one etc.

Travel elite is a customized online travel insurance that provides the discerning traveler a good range of policies to choose from, where each policy will be customized to meet your specific requirements. One can choose the policy depending on whether they are a student, a businessman, senior citizen, corporate executive or one travelling with the family. There are plans for individual, family, and senior citizen of age, 61-70 and senior citizen of age, 71-75 in the travel elite insurance plan offered by Bajaj Allianz.

Student travel insurance plan is specially designed for students to make their travel risk free. This plan offers protection for a student’s as well as coverage for other essential needs like medical and hospitalization help. There are three plans which come under student travel. They are study companion plan, student elite plan and scholars guide and brilliant minds.

Corporate international travel is a comprehensive plan which provides complete medical and health cover to the international business traveler. This plan covers your business trips abroad. Bajaj Allianz offers customized plans for virtually every requirement of corporate employees travelling abroad. Companion, elite and age 61-70 plans come under the corporate insurance plan.

Travel Asia policy is a comprehensive plan which offers complete medical and health cover to the international traveler. You can choose from the travel companion and travel elite plan which come under the travel Asia policy.

Don’t worry. Bajaj Allianz also provides travel for the domestic traveler. Travel swadeshi yatra is an insurance plan that takes care of all your needs during domestic travel. This policy comes under 4 different plans which are customized to suit the various needs of a domestic traveler.

Top 3 Travel Trends For Today’s Travel Agent

Everybody knows that the internet has changed virtually everything… especially the Travel Industry. Online giants like Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz have revolutionized travel. Even Travel Agents & Agencies are booking online while the general public searches and buys their own vacations online. In fact, it’s estimated that 82% of all travel is now being booked online. Travel is one of the most researched topics on the internet… and also the most profitable.

The internet is simple, seamless and the perfect medium for the travel industry. We just point, click, and pack our bags. Before the internet, however, an agent’s bread & butter was commissions earned with business travelers… predominantly flights. American Airlines was the first to pull the plug on paying commissions on flight purchases as the internet started coming into its own and more business travelers were finding better deals online.

Since 1997 well over 200,000 agencies went out of business. Over 1 million travel agents lost their jobs to the internet. That number grew after 9/11. The days of brick & mortar very quickly got taken over by click & order, making for a far more efficient system. However, those very few agents & agencies that could foresee the positive impact the internet could have for them, jumped right into the explosive opportunity that the internet introduced, to maintain as much of their client base as possible. Very few, a decade ago, opted to go with the flow of change. Today, everyone understands that the internet is here to stay. When we are adaptable to change, we flourish… and profit.

Because of the internet, the online travel agent is also home-based. Because of the tremendous opportunity, continuous industry growth, and #1 industry training, today’s travel agent is your mother, cousin, aunt, neighbour, best friend, etc. and earning 60-100% of the vendors commission. It’s for everyone.

Trend #2 – Word-of-Mouth Marketing

Word-of-mouth marketing has been and always will be the best way to market anything. Statistics prove that 80% of all vacations (most anything really) are taken because of a recommendation from a friend, family member or co-worker. Think about the last time you came home from a vacation. Did you keep it a secret? No way! We talk about it for 2 months before leaving and talk about it for 2 months after we get back! And we show everyone pictures and videos! And we recommend the destination and hotel to everyone (or not) and tell them where we bought our terrific deal!

Familiarization trips (FAMs) play a huge part in word-of-mouth marketing. The only way for agents to really learn about what they sell is to experience it first hand. FAMs are put together by cruise lines, hotel chains and destinations worldwide. They usually include accommodation, tours, meals, shows, transportation, etc. Prices are slashed making it affordable for agents to travel multiple times a year… VIP!. The vendors roll out the proverbial red carpet for agents when they arrive. They’re given the most exclusive experience possible because vendors know that when agents return home… they’re going to talk about it!

The average person will purchase his vacation online at retail, once a year.

Agents will travel multiple times a year, all over the world as far and wide as they want to go, for pennies on the dollar. For this, FAMs continue to be one of the major perks today for agents in the industry.

Which takes us to…

Trend #3 – Home Based Business

Travel students, Baby Boomers and everyone in between are bringing travel home!

Leading agencies smart enough to follow the internet trend, have gone online and now offer just about anyone the opportunity to be professionally trained to operate and sell travel from home!! Woohoo!! That’s right! YOU can sell travel from the comfort of your own home and get paid!

Doesn’t it make sense that if you’re going to travel anyway (especially as much as the Boomers), that you buy it from yourself and get paid? Or get paid commissions on the trips your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers are taking already? Of course! Most people will do business with someone they know & trust. You may as well be that person, right?

Agencies quickly caught on to the franchise phenomena online and have opened up the opportunity to just about anyone with a valuable work ethic who is willing to learn. Coupled with word-of-mouth marketing… you’ve got a winning combination! The more knowledgeable you become, the more perks, FAMs, FREE trips, upgrades, etc, become available to you… cha-ching!

I’ve been selling travel for years. Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a travel industry professional. For more than two decades I’ve been asked “How did you come by this work?”

But I also get asked, “What’s the best place to go for our honeymoon?” or “Can you recommend a Caribbean cruise itinerary?” or “What hotel should we stay at in the Mayan Riviera?”

Hey, it’s not rocket science!! If I have the answers and I can get paid for the sale… Hello??

The internet made it possible for me to have my own online agency and benefit even more from the extraordinary perks available to travel professionals! Being online means I don’t really even have to be home. Because my business is online, I am accessible to the world, 365 days of the year, 24/7! Friends and family can book all by themselves while I’m hiking with my dog! I can even book flights or all-inclusive vacations right from my BlackBerry!! WOW! So my home-based travel business is really my mobile travel services!! Super cool!!

We must not forget the amazing benefits that come with owning a business from home as well!

Aside from the obvious travel perks, just about every family vacation now becomes a FAM. As professionals, when we take a few minutes to inspect and ask questions about the accommodations, tours, restaurants that we ourselves are experiencing while on vacation, we’re really educating ourselves for our customers. So our personal vacation now becomes classified as a business trip… and an expense that we can write off! Super cool, again!

On a personal note, I’m only 45 seconds from my bedroom to my office!

It’s a beautiful thing to be able to work from home, anywhere in the world, to have your own business and to qualify for such incredible travel-insider perks. Retirees, at-home-moms, students on the run… it’s available to just about anyone with a can-do attitude, has a strong work ethic, loves to learn, and is highly self-motivated. A few hours a day can earn hundreds to thousands of dollars! No bosses, no limits!