Thanks Bruce, I always love helping others on this forum, but seems like many RS followers like to belittle comments... That is just so .... uhmmmm
Actually, many people still make their livelihood from being travel agents. They have years of experience and knowledge plus they have a group of people they can call upon if they don't know.
Yes, I have 2 very good people who would love to book my cruises ( now that is a whole other topic, of why cruises must be booked thru an agent).
Bruce, you appear to be very knowledgeable about all forms of travel and like to spend a LOT of time researching... I do too! but I like to research history, culture, food, etc of the area I'm going to visit. I do know how to google airfare (and always make my own domestic flights), I usually see what general rates are going to be and who flies in and out of my preferred airports, then I turn the whole lot over to an agent. Then guess what! I get seats assigned easier, I get a whole read out of my travels and I don't pay that much more. And if anything needs changing at the last minute (this happened 2 month before a RS tour to Turkey that was cancelled, they do it!) So Bruce, I am so glad you are an expert on booking multiple legs for an international flight, but not all of us like to do it or want to do it and my agents need to eat, too!