Monday Travel Funny: Travel Agent Diaries
I discovered, the following story on why Americans should perhaps not be allowed to travel, according to a number of travel agents. While some may or may not actually be true, I say never let the facts get in the way of a good story!
So here are a few of my favorites:“A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, ‘Don’t lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state.'”
Anyone who has ever tried to speak book an award ticket with agent can appreciate these levels level of geographic illiteracy:“I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with ‘I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. ‘ Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, ‘Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa.’ Her response … [Click]”
And my favorite, for those that know the right credit card can get you ANYWHERE you want to go:“A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. “Oh no I don’t, I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.” I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, ‘Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express.’”