All travel agents are not the same.

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As many may know, I am a travel agent and I have been in the travel industry for years. I have worked for the airline industry as well as the hotel industry. I thought that I knew so much about the travel industry prior to becoming an agent, but LORD WAS I WRONG.  

Becoming an agent was very overwhelming at first, because I felt that I needed to learn everything about every vendor, country, and types of travel there were. I thought all travel agents were the same and sold the same product. WRONG! I quickly learned that not only are travel agents different, but they are different in the type of travel they sell. So, we are going to dive into some of the different types of agents. 

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Corporate –These agents work with corporations in the private, government, and/or public sector. They are responsible for booking meetings, conferences, and personal travel for these companies and their employees. They solely work with corporations and do not do any travel for the common man.

Entertainment – This agent books travel for entertainers, celebrities, executives, crew members, etc. They do mostly high end and luxury travel, based on the requirements given. I recently learned about this type of travel at a conference with agents who owned their own businesses doing solely entertainment travel. 

Luxury – These agents are only dealing with high end clients. These are the agents booking private guided tours in the most exclusive parts of the world. Creating experiences like no other through luxury travel companies. Their client spends a pretty penny for the experiences that this agent can provide. Some of these experiences can include dining in private, exclusive castle in Europe, private entry and guided tours into some of the world’s most exclusive and hard to get into attractions of the world

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Group – Group agents will only work with groups. Some group agents require you to have a certain number of people before taking you on as a client. There are some agents within this category that only work with certain type of groups (Cruises, family reunions, class reunions, specialty group, faith-based travel, etc.) 

Event – These agents work with and promote major events and packages. Have you seen all the travel ads for Essence Festival, Carnival (in any location), All-Star Weekend, Super Bowl Weekend, film festivals, etc.?  These agents have built relationships with hotels and other vendors to provide the type packages they promote. There are also some other agents who put packages together themselves and promote those event packages. 

Specialty (Niche) – These agents have educated themselves on certain types of travel. You have agents that may only sell Disney, cruises, all-inclusive resorts, ski travel, adventure travel, US based locations, faith-based travel, etc. I consider myself to be a specialty agent as I specialize in couple trips, family vacations, small groups (10-20 people), family reunions, and international travel. And I have educated myself on vendors and products that pertain to these listings.

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Wedding – These are your destination wedding specialist. This agent will know the ins and out of wedding planning in other cities, states, and countries. They work closely with the venues and resorts to provide the best wedding experience. But they are not wedding coordinators. This is a big misconception with this agent. The agent’s responsibility is to provide the information you need for your wedding and complete your travel arrangements along with your guests’ travel arrangements. They are not there to discuss decoration, colors, flowers, food, DJ, centerpieces, or etc. 

Over the last couple of years, I have encountered people who have stated, “You are a travel agent you are supposed to know.”  No, I am a travel agent who specializes in a certain type of travel. We are all different and all sell different types of travel. I am up front and honest when presented with something that I do not specialize in. I will point you in the right direction or to the right agent that can handle your type of travel request.  

There is so much to learn in the travel industry that it is almost impossible to know everything. Every year there is new attraction, new resort, new adventure, new rules and regulations. So, ensure you have the agent(s) that will meet your needs.  

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​Meals and Miles was created by Monique and Leon Tillman. This site was developed to share our trips, food, and tips with the world.  We want people to see and know that you do not have to be rich to travel and eat well. We hope to inspire individuals and couples to try new adventures and foods. Seek adventures you never thought of and live on the wild side while enjoying each other. LIVE A LITTLE MORE, EXPAND YOUR BOUNDARIES AND HAVE BLAST! ​ The idea for Meals and Miles came one summer evening in July of 2014, while riding in the car to Washington D.C.  Monique always wanted to start a blog, but never knew what to blog about. We were laughing at some of the adjectives our friends use to describe us and our love for traveling. So we thought, "Why not show others how to have fun with their spouse? Why not blog about our trips? Why not show people the things we do?" We thought of names for our site the whole weekend. And during one of our random laugh sessions, as Leon was talking crazy, meals and miles came up and it stuck! ​ We have traveled to a total of 31 of 50 states, 11 Island, and 5 countries! ​ On this site we will post our trips, photos, and reviews for various destinations, restaurants, and accommodations. Please leave vacation reviews and comments in the designated areas.  Now owner, Monique Tillman is an official Independent Travel Agent with InteleTravel.com. She can book anything from hotel accommodations, airline tickets, vacation packages, car rental, tours, excursion, etc. Although Meals and Miles is our brand, trips will be booked under Monique Tillman as an Independent Agent for Inteletravel. Meals and Miles site will promote vacation deals, but please be clear ALL vacations will be booked under Monique Tillman as Independent Agent with Inteletravel.com.

9 thoughts on “All travel agents are not the same.

  1. Wow, I had no idea that there were different types of travel agents that specialize in different areas. Thanks for giving a breakdown on this.

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  2. You’ve definitely schooled me. I didn’t know there were so many different types of travel agents. Sure, I knew that there was one companies can use and some for group travel and luxury, but not all of the others mentioned.

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