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According to SmartFlyer’s CEO Mike Holtz in a Travel Market Report's "Here's Why You Should Use a Travel Agent Instead of Booking Online" article, “travel websites will only show the lowest fare available for four tickets. But an agent might be able to find three seats at a fare hundreds of dollars less, with savings into the thousands of dollars.”What is a travel agent?
Travel agents are companies who plan and book your travel for you. They can be travel agents from your home country or ones with offices in New Zealand. Think STA, Flight Centre, Student Flights, etc. Many hostels across the country also have travel desks which are travel agents. They organise your itinerary for you.What is an online Travel Agent (OTA)?
Online travel agents, or OTAs, are the websites you use to compare prices of flights, activities and accommodation. Think Booking.com and Hostelworld for accommodation, Viator, Tripadvisor and Tour Radar for activities and tours and more agent suggestions provided by meta-search engines like Skyscanner, for instance.How to find the best travel agent deals in New Zealand?
Using a travel agent based in New Zealand is where you will find better travel agent deals. On the other hand, if you prefer to be in charge of your own itinerary and budget, then we suggest using a mix of online booking agents and booking direct. You can use online booking websites as a tool to compare the prices of flights and deals.