There are a number of super important and beneficial reasons to book with an online travel agent rather than in a standard travel agent or independently. Today we will break down our favourite 7 reasons to do just that…

ATOL Bonded

Perhaps the biggest and most important reason to book with an online travel agent is that every UK holiday company which sells overseas flights are required to be ATOL bonded or protected. This coverage protects the customer in the event that a firm goes bust, they have to cancel the holiday or if you are stranded overseas.

It is worth noting that ATOL cover only protects you if you book through a single travel firm your flights, accommodation and/or car hire. Anything that is booked separately (e.g. directly with an airline or hotel), is not covered by ATOL. This is why booking everything with an online travel agent is massively advantageous. All overseas holidays on Holiday Discount Centre are ATOL protected.

Travel Advice

Being offered the very best travel advice on the market is another fantastic reason to book with an online travel agent. It is literally a travel agent’s job to know everything there is to know about travel and in particular, insider info and important advice that you would not find anywhere else. This can include places that are recommended, places to avoid and other forms of advice that can be essential for your holiday to run smoothly.

Expert Knowledge

As well as getting the best advice about general queries, online travel agents also bring a huge amount of expert knowledge to the table, which can be invaluable for creating the perfect holiday with your loved ones. Many companies and individuals have been in the travel business for years and know the ins and outs of what is good and what is not so good. The range of knowledge usually extends from flight time recommendations to airlines to avoid, specific areas to target and certain hidden gems that you will want to try in your destination. Be sure to make the most of your travel agent’s expertise!

Covid Restrictions

The Covid Restrictions of the last couple of years have been a massive headache for consumers as the goalposts seem to move more or less every week. It can be extremely difficult and even risky to try and keep up with all of the changes and finer details by yourself. Thankfully, online travel agents are experts in monitoring and understanding everything that is required with regards to Covid and your specific destination. Knowing exactly what is needed, you can sit back, relax and start planning some of the more exciting aspects of your holiday instead.

Someone Always On Hand For Assistance

In the event of something going wrong or if you simply just have a few more questions about your flights, accommodation, destination or anything really, it can be reassuring to know that your travel company will have someone on hand to assist you. Everyone has different dilemmas, questions and queries regarding their own specific holiday, and the expert advice you get is always catered directly to you.

Comfort Of Your Own Home

One of the best things about booking a holiday through an online travel agent is that you get to do it from the comfort of your own home. There is no reason to be hopping from one travel shop to the next, listening to long sales pitches and ultimately spending long days trying to book something that is supposed to be an exciting part of the build-up. With an online travel agent you simply open up your laptop, browse at your own pace and get in touch if you ever need anything.

Open Evenings & Weekends

The advantage of being online is that your dream holiday can be booked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the time of your choosing. Whilst regular travel agents are only open for a fixed few hours during the week, online travel agents are open all of the time. So if you simply cannot sleep with excitement and have to book your holiday at 2am, you are absolutely free to do just that!