What is a corporate travel agent?
A corporate travel agent is an individual who works with companies to assist with all tasks that are related to corporate travel. This could include arranging for travel visas or booking flights for a group of travelers. These agents can work in an individual consultant capacity or as part of a corporate travel agency.
What does a corporate travel agent do?
Corporate travel agents can perform a range of tasks according to the needs of their clients. This could include some combination of the following:
- Booking visas
- Sourcing flights and other travel
- Researching travel information
- Advising clients
- Creating itineraries
- Booking hotels
Are there superior alternatives to a corporate travel agent?
The internet has made it possible for travel managers to conduct many of these tasks themselves using a booking tool. Compared to these intuitive and cost-effective tools, working with a corporate travel agent can be expensive and time-consuming.
Read our blog post: What to look for in a corporate travel agency
Do corporate travel agents offer the best prices on travel?
Not necessarily. Many travel agents will work with a list of preferred suppliers and they receive preferential pricing according to the volume of business that they bring. This could mean that some corporate travel agents will be tied to a certain range of suppliers, reducing the range of choice that they can offer to businesses.
Many booking tools are able to collate prices in real-time from a huge range of suppliers. This can take seconds and gives corporate travelers a full view of the options that are available to them.
Is it expensive to hire a corporate travel agent?
The cost will vary depending on the individual or business that provides the required services. Corporate travel agents are generally much more expensive than booking tools, though, given that manual and time-consuming tasks must be performed by an individual.