Best Travel Agents & Booking Services

With all the different deals on offer, planning a holiday or business trip can be daunting. Whether you want the help of a travel agent or prefer a do-it-yourself booking service website, we’ve got some tips for you so that you can make the most of your next getaway. Continue reading...

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Best Travel Agent & Booking Service

Odynovo
Booking Services

Odynovo

5.0 from 939 reviews

Dedicated to creating stress-free, safe, and fun travel experiences for clients around the world, tour operator Odynovo helps those with the travel bug see new places with confidence.

Organises fun, safe travel
Excellent customer care
Tailors trip to budget
  • Transparency
    5.0 (324)
  • Customer Service
    5.0 (401)
  • Trip Completed Yes (365) · No (49)
2nd Best Travel Agent & Booking Service
Clean Cruising
Booking Services

Clean Cruising

4.9 from 556 reviews

With cruises all over the world (as well as multi-month world cruises!), Clean Cruising has plenty of options for travellers to see the sights without any of the fuss.

Organised customer service
Flexible to changing plans
Enjoyable cruising experience
  • Transparency
    4.9 (383)
  • Customer Service
    5.0 (419)
  • Trip Completed Yes (289) · No (106)
  • Service TypesCruises
3rd Best Travel Agent & Booking Service
Getawayz NSW
Booking Services

Getawayz NSW

4.9 from 228 reviews

Getawayz NSW lets you book a rental property for your next holiday, and also manages the holiday properties of homeowners, helping them stress less about keeping up with business demands.

Simple booking process
Property was as described
Responsive customer service
  • Transparency
    4.9 (179)
  • Customer Service
    4.9 (187)
  • Trip Completed Yes (174) · No (13)
  • Service TypesAccomodation
Mann Travel
Booking Services

Mann Travel

4.7 from 1,852 reviews

Mann Travel makes it easier to book flights and hotels all around the world, at competitive rates that help you make the most of your holiday.

Global Work & Travel
Booking Services

Global Work & Travel

4.8 from 673 reviews

You can work, volunteer, au pair, study, or teach overseas with Australian-based booking service Global Work & Travel. They let you choose from over 60 travel experiences to more than 30 different countries, so there’s something to suit every kind of traveller.

AmazingCo
Booking Services

AmazingCo

4.6 from 455 reviews

Latest review: This was so much fun. Everything was included that said it would be. We lost reception at one point and had to ring customer service to help us out and they were great and got us back on track within

Travel Online
Booking Services

Travel Online

4.6 from 1,226 reviews

Latest review: In July 2021 I booked a flight and accommodation package. Due to Covid-19 lock down, we could not go. Luckily we took Covid-19 cover, you would think the refund process would be simple. Hell no. You

Travel China Guide Tours
Booking Services

Travel China Guide Tours

5.0 from 90 reviews

Latest review: The service delivered for our tour of China exceeded our expectations. We say that as we added additional days before and after the prgrammed tour. All the guides were excellent and oversaw all our

flybuys travel
Booking Services

flybuys travel

4.5 from 1,136 reviews

Latest review: I have dealt with Fly Buys before and would have given them 5 stars but I am now getting very upset. I am having a lot of trouble getting information because after emails going back and forth with no

Traveldream
Booking Services

Traveldream

4.7 from 219 reviews

Latest review: The Mantra were very easy to deal with. The staff were lovely. The room was great. The facilities and location were fantastic. Perfect getaway for myself and my husband. Definitely

My Holiday Centre
Booking Services

My Holiday Centre

4.4 from 392 reviews

Latest review: Sarah Kershaw is a very good communicator, very prompt and clear with responses. I recommend her 100% for bookings. Looking forward to the trip itself so far very impressed with the customer service

HotelsCombined
Booking Comparison-Only Services

HotelsCombined

4.5 from 253 reviews

Latest review: Agoda cancelled my $240 booking when I had already check into the hotel. When it was time to check out of the Great Southern Hotel, I was charged an additional

Luxury Escapes
Booking Services

Luxury Escapes

4.3 from 4,107 reviews

Latest review: Portia was super helpful and very friendly. She assisted us in making changes to our itinerary in a prompt and professional manner. I wouldn't hesitate to use Luxury Escapes to book future holidays

Ultiqa Hotels & Resorts
Booking Services

Ultiqa Hotels & Resorts

4.5 from 162 reviews

Latest review: They'll suck you in, make it difficult to back out and then charge you a good $16000 for the pleasure plus $200+ a year in admin. There is no escape, all you can do is find a lawyer, contact the

My Fiji
Booking Services

My Fiji

4.4 from 239 reviews

Latest review: I was very nervous about booking our first ever holiday to Fiji. Our travel consultant , the Lovely Marissa was amazing and made the process so easy. She was very helpful and efficient with

Phil Hoffmann Travel
Booking Services

Phil Hoffmann Travel

4.5 from 148 reviews

Latest review: I rang the number for Phil Hoffman Travel Glenelg this morning to ask about the current pre-departure PCR requirements for travelling to Indonesia as there is conflicting information on Smart

TrippinOz
Booking Services

TrippinOz

4.5 from 162 reviews

Latest review: I paid for Twin Sands Resort & Spa (Phuket) 2 years ago. Once the COVID restriction was eased I planned to use the voucher. It took time until I found an available date and booked it. However, due to

Cruise Guru
Booking Services

Cruise Guru

4.3 from 491 reviews

Latest review: Have booked with cruise guru before. But have been trying to pay instalment for 4 days but no communication. The website is hard to get through to and wait time is

hotels.com.au
Booking Services

hotels.com.au

5.0 from 48 reviews

Latest review: Just back from a month holiday with the family in the US/Mexico and can't speak highly enough of the support and advice that Chris and his team provided to make it such a great time. Not knowing

Wendy Wu Tours
Booking Services

Wendy Wu Tours

4.2 from 341 reviews

Latest review: Late last year I booked a 'land only' portion of a 15 Day Tour of Thailand & Laos with Wendy Wu Tours (WWT). I made the international flight bookings by myself because I had booked a couple of side

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What does a travel agent do for you?

Two women sitting across from each other at a desk and pointing at destinations on a world globe.

Travel agents plan and book trips for their clients, whether for business trips or holidays. They listen to your travel preferences and source anything from flights and accommodation to tours and restaurant bookings for you.

Ultimately, a travel agent’s job is to ensure you have the best possible experience. To do this, they also:

  • Liaise with hotels and hotel agents, airlines, tour operators, and other travel companies to ensure you have a great experience without you needing to put in much effort.
  • Assist you if you get into any sticky situations abroad.

Using an agent is generally thought to save you hours of research, which is why using a travel agent instead of booking online may be a good idea for time-pressed people. Of course, you will be paying extra for these little luxuries, but for many travellers, the trade-off is well worth it.

Pros

Save you time and effort by doing all the research and bookings for you.
Can provide advice on destinations and activities that might interest you.
Provide reassurance to travellers, as agents handle all the details and double check bookings to ensure dates are all correct.
Offer up greater access to special deals only available or known to travel agents.

Cons

Often more pricey than booking your own holiday.
May not get refunded if you have a change of plans and want to tweak your holiday.

What is a booking service?

You can now act as your own travel agent and use airline, car rental, hotel, and other sites, such as Odynovo and Travel Online, to book your own trip. These websites let you compare different travel deals and purchase whichever ones strike your fancy.

Those who still want a little bit of guidance can still consult an online travel agent or travel consultant without enlisting them to plan their whole holiday for you.

Booking your own travel is generally more suited to spontaneous travellers who like to plan as they go, shoestring travellers who aren’t picky about where they’ll stay, and travellers who have an exact idea of what they want to do and aren’t necessarily seeking advice from an agent.

Pros

Usually works out to be cheaper, as you’re not paying for the labour of an agent.
Still relatively simple to make online bookings.
You can easily compare prices of different services with a few clicks.

Cons

Can be more of a hassle and more time consuming to plan your trip yourself.
May not have access to all the deals on the market.

What are comparison-only services?

Comparison-only services, such as HotelsCombined and Skyscanner, only let you compare prices of different travel services, without letting you book these directly on the website. This means that clicking through on a deal will usually take you to a third-party website, such as the website of an airline or a hotel.

Consider what kind of travel you want to do

Those who like to travel with a daily itinerary and have their activities planned out may be more inclined to use travel agents, while those who prefer off-the-cuff, spontaneous travel with just a general idea of what they want to do rather than a specific plan may suffice with making their own bookings.

Many travel agents these days will also specialise in a certain area, such as cruises (like cruise agents at Clean Cruising) or honeymoons. If you’re after a particular type of getaway, then finding an agent who knows all the ins and outs of exactly what you want to do could be a good place to start.

You can think of it as dating of sorts - you’re in better hands with a travel agent who takes a genuine interest in you and your travel ideas. Whether you want to do a rail trip around Europe or backpack through South-East Asia, an agent whose eyes light up at the sound of your plans and adds their own personal touch is a good match.

A man wearing a travel backpack standing in an airport looking at flight times.

What to look for in a travel agent

Accreditation

Travel agents in Australia aren’t required to be licensed, however they can still get voluntary accreditation with the ATAS, or the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme. This is run by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), the peak travel agent body in Australia, which vets agents to ensure that they meet industry standards and are adequately trained.

According to ATAS, the benefits of booking with an industry-accredited ATAS agent include:

  • Expert guidance. Agents know how to wade through the abundance of travel information online and have access to high quality product suppliers.
  • Extra value. ATAS agents have access to exclusive deals and can find the most well-suited products for you.
  • Professional advice. They offer insightful, timely, and professional guidance to get you where you want to go.
  • Consumer advocacy. If there are any problems while you travel, your agent will act as your advocate, providing support and assistance in the case of events like flight delays or cancellations, rescheduling, natural disasters, and personal accidents.

Know your rights

Even though travel agents don’t need a licence, they still must comply with relevant laws, such as Australian Consumer Law and any relevant state Fair Trading laws. This means that you’re entitled to appropriate remedy from a service if the product or service you’ve purchased doesn’t meet consumer guarantees.

Knowledge

No travel agent is going to have local knowledge of every single city and country on the planet. However, finding an agent who has been to, knows about, or is ready to go the extra mile and do research on your destination is usually a good sign.

Customer service

A high level of customer service is key to ensuring you get the most out of your holiday. Of course, a friendly travel agent will help you enjoy the process of booking your travel, not just the travel itself. On top of this, you should keep an eye out for transparency and timeliness when comparing agents.

Transparency

A good agent is transparent about their fees and charges, the terms and conditions of your trip, and why they think certain deals are better than others - some even show you their computer screen so you know they aren’t hiking up prices. If they wait before revealing hidden or extra costs, then that’s a red flag.

Timeliness

A travel agent who replies promptly is often a keeper. Not only does constant communication make booking your travel a whole lot quicker and easier, you’ll also be able to nab up the latest deals without a hitch. If things go wrong on your trip, an agent who helps you in a timely way when you’re in need can make or break your whole holiday.

Deals

Some travellers, such as students and pensioners, may have access to special travel deals, information, and discounted fares that they normally wouldn’t be able to find with a few queries on a search engine.

Don’t expect every travel agent to know about all these concessions. For example, students may want to look for a youth-oriented travel agency or agents situated in backpacker-heavy locations.

Cost

The price that travel agents charge for their services can vary greatly, and will also depend on the length, complexity, and nature of your trip. For a week-long holiday, you can generally expect to pay somewhere between $100 for more inexpensive solo trips to over $2000 for a luxury stay.

It’s normal for travel agencies and tour operators to charge reschedule and cancellation fees, so make sure you know these costs before you book.

What to look for in a travel booking service

Ease of use

A decent booking service should be clear and easy to navigate. Clicking on a link should get you where it tells you it will, rather than to an advertisement or some other pop-up. Complicated booking sites may be that way to obscure hidden fees or sway you into choosing a flight or hotel of their liking.

A website which lets you save information as you search, such as the dates you want to fly on and any hotels you’ve “favourited”, will make the whole process a lot quicker and easier.

Transparency

A booking site may advertise a certain price, but then show a different price once you click on the deal. This could mean that either the pricing just isn’t up to date, or that the website is intentionally showing you a cheaper price to get you to click through. Either way, these booking services are misleading and you may be better off avoiding them altogether.

Read the fine print

Make sure you’re well-acquainted with any terms and conditions of your booking so that you’re not slapped with a hefty fee once you’ve returned from your holiday. This is particularly important if a deal just sounds way too good to be true.

Rewards

Many travel booking sites will reward you for using them to plan your holidays, incentivising you to use the same service for any future trips.

Expedia, for example, lets you earn Expedia points with every trip you book through them, which you can then use to save on hotels, travel packages, and car rentals. Some services also offer you perks the more you travel, giving you things like discounted spa days and free Wi-Fi on your trip.

Prices

Just because using a booking service is generally cheaper than using a travel agent, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be fees associated with using them, so ensure you double check details to see whether you’re actually paying a good price.

Some booking services also offer price matching, offering the same or a better price than the lowest price you’ve found.

You can always use both

There are pros and cons to using a travel agent and a booking service, so don’t feel like using one means you can’t use the other.

Some people like to do their own research and compare prices they find to quotes from agents before deciding who to go with. Some also use travel agents for bigger purchases - such as flights and accommodation - but prefer to do car bookings, rail bookings, and organise day trips themselves.

At the end of the day, it’s your trip, and how you plan it is entirely up to you.