Last updated: 04:04 PM ET, Mon January 11 2016

Trafalgar Tours Offering Huge Last-Minute Savings

Tour Operator | Trafalgar | Rich Thomaselli | January 11, 2016

Trafalgar Tours Offering Huge Last-Minute Savings

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Travel can be – and should be, really – impulsive.

There’s certainly something to be said for the well-planned, well-thought out vacation, but there’s also something to be said for taking advantage of a short-term, last-minute deal.

Travelers and travel agents have such a deal. Right now.

Call it a late Christmas gift or a New Year's resolution, but Trafalgar Tours is offering a time-sensitive special – trips to Europe with 10 percent off the cost of the trip with the Early Payment Discount (EPD), plus an additional $500 per person flight credit. The EPD is valid on select 2016 Europe vacations when paid in full by Jan. 28, 2016. Save $500 per couple on air-inclusive vacations booked with deposit between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, 2016 with flights booked through Trafalgar on American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

See for more details, of course, but remember this time-sensitive offer is one that Trafalgar guarantees will be their best offer of the year for agents selling Europe, which is becoming more and more of a value proposition with the depreciation of the Euro versus the Dollar.

“The beautiful thing about this offer is that they don’t cancel once they book,” Trafalgar President Paul Wiseman said, adding that “it’s money in the bank for travel agents who seize the opportunity and ask for the order.”

How do agents go about selling it on such a short turnaround? Try these on for size.

• Trafalgar's Insider Experiences were designed to tap into the "experiential" travel trend. Agents can sell these tours – and the Insider Experiences they incorporate – to clients interested in an authentic, deeper experience of a destination. That could include culture, history, cuisine, and more.

• "VIP Entry" gives clients the ability to get into sights and attractions either off-limits to other visitors, or offers behind-the-scenes looks or access at times at which the sight won't be mobbed by other visitors. Agents can target clients that this will appeal to.

• Guided or escorted tours are not what they used to be. Agents can point out that they're more sophisticated and offer many features associated in the past only with independent travel.

• For first-time travelers, guided vacations like Trafalgar's offer both in-depth travel experiences AND the comfort of a group with a tour director that handles all arrangements and eliminates all hassles for clients.

• For an agent's repeat clients, the Trafalgar deal offers a great financial incentive.

Sure, time is of the essence.

But isn’t that what being impulsive is all about?

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