I totaly 100% agree. I have worked for 1 of the companies mentioned and can assure you that they are no way the cheapest people to go through. Having represented a handful of major travel firms, I now beleive I am in the hands of one of the best travel organisers around. We base ourselves on offering a dedicated personal experience, something I have never come across before to such degree. Do yourselves a favour, always consider exceptional customer service over a slight saving. There is not one company out there that can beat ANY price. If you find yourself a dedicated trusted agent chances are the significant savings will appear over time anyway. I no longer find I have to “hard sell” ,not in a way my past employers have pressured us too. Having had acces to many “exclusive contracts” I now know that I truly do.
Definately do your research. or ask someone for advice