Travel Agents

The most ridiculous agent requests of 2017, according to you

Hannah Edensor

Have you ever had a client ask for something ridiculous? Or maybe track down something totally obscure? Who are we kidding – of course you have!

So how do we know? Cause we asked you guys – remember?

Travel Weekly’s survey of all things travel agents at the end of 2017 saw us scoop some really cracking answers from heaps of you. So now we’re breaking down the best bits to share with you all.

Today, we’ve dived in deep with some of the most outrageous requests you had in 2017 from clients. Seriously, we don’t know how you do it sometimes.

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Please enjoy.

Weirdest requests from clients in 2017

Let’s start small, just you know, a simple request.

“Had to find a hairdresser in a regional English town for a customer as she was there six weeks after her last cut.”

Weird, yes, but not too bad. But how about this one?

“A non frequent flyer booking the cheapest fare, but demanding I get them upgraded to First class because they had a birthday.”

Ok, diva – of course we’ll get you upgraded. NOT! Next!

“To call Jetstar to ask if they will reinstate the time of a flight which had changed as the new time did not suit the clients.”

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Then there’s just plane ridiculous.

“Do you operate your own plane?”

And of course the prank calls – can’t forget the horrors that are prank calls. At least this agent had a great comeback!

“I had a prank call, and a guy asked if he could travel to my vagina, I said I’m sorry you do not have the right visa to get there and hung up.”

Some clients are just really optimistic too, can’t fault them for that, right?

“Being told a week out from travel in peak season that they will look for a hotel in Bali for under $50 when they get there. Then asking if I can get them something for that price that includes a private pool Villa.”

And some are a bit geographically challenged…

“Lollapalooza in Buenos Aires.”

Other clients, it seems, are just fussy about the service they get at the airport.

“To fly through an airport without body scan machines.”

Some seem to think ‘travel agent’ actually means ‘travel psychic’..

“Cost of petrol in the USA in 2018.”

Or ‘magician’…

“Hire car seats without hiring a car.”

And finally, this particularly lucky agent who makes everyone else jealous with their answer:

“NONE – MY CLIENTS ARE NORMAL! HAHA”

Ah well, an agent can dream, right? Here’s to a somewhat more normal 2018!

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