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Need a travel agent? Find one on your phone with this free app

February 07, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The search and display screens for iPhones for the mobile app Travel Agents.
The search and display screens for iPhones for the mobile app Travel Agents. (iTunes )

The International Airlines Travel Agent Network has launched a free mobile app that can locate more than 20,000 travel agencies in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The idea is to give travelers a quick way of finding a professional travel agent at their fingertips.

The deal: The Travel Agents app is free for iPhone and iPads as well as Android and BlackBerry devices. Just go to the relevant app store and download. IATAN, a nonprofit organization that's part of the larger airline trade group International Air Transport Assn., has compiled information for the app from travel agents who meet their accreditation standards.

When: The app is available indefinitely.

Tested: The app allows you to search for travel agents to by city, ZIP Code or area code. I received three referrals with address and phone numbers for agencies in my area when I punched in my ZIP Code. From there I found options to call up a map and directions to each agency.

I also did a more generic search of "New York" and received different results each time I searched (likely because the search term was too broad). Each search comes up with at most five travel agencies.

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