I go back and forth on travel agents. We used one once for a trip to
Belize and I don’t think we got anything beyond what we could have
done ourselves. We have also had a few mediocre experiences when
self-booking. Not many since my wife digs in, reads a lot, and works
through a ton of issues.
$100 isn’t much for a one week vacation which might cost a few
thousand dollars. I notice JetSetter (get the iPad app and enjoy the
dream of being wealthy) is offering a similar service. I’d like to try
both next time we have vacation dollars and time… which won’t be
soon after moving back to the US but hey, I can dream too!