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You have the power to give someone the vacation of a lifetime. Travel agents do have access to cheaper vacations, especially when it comes to cruises. Cruise lines court travel agents by offering them unpublished deals, credits, and cabin upgrades. In addition, travel agent customers are typically the first ones to get a hotel room or cruise cabin upgrade. Even your towel animals will be fancier.

Furthermore, travel agents gain access to privileged information by belonging to consortiums like Virtuoso or Ensemble Travel. Groups like Ensemble Travel send agents exclusive travel deals. They're so exclusive we can't even tell you what the deals are exactly. We imagine they are invitations to a week stay on the international space station, or something equally exotic.