First one was online. Second one was local, that I found online. Third was about 800 miles away that was a family referral.I was kind of lucky since my parents have been taking cruises since around when I was in university, so they essentially did the legwork for me. So I've managed to establish some level of trust with them and as mentioned by others that can pay dividends at times.
With regards to the ones you've talked to, the first one is probably the best option. Not sure why they would turn down the business (comission isn't good?), but it doesn't sound as if they are unwilling to book your hotel and air.
The second one is at least honest about what they'll charge you. But with that said, I don't think that most travel agents will charge you for their work.
The third one... weird.
I guess these were all online? Or was one of them a physical location?
Dreams Unlimited was who recommended me to book my air independently.For us it is simple, Dreams Unlimited Travel. They are experts in the whole range of Disney vacations including Disney Resorts, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.
check for their knowledge of places you want to travel to. Also be aware that just because they have a big Disney poster in their window doesn't mean they are Disney experts. And not everybody in that agency office has the same level of Disney knowledge.I really am interested in finding a TA. There is one in town from me I want to check out, but I’ve been traveling for work.