I used to work for United Airlines and had unlimited flight benefits. I NEVER required the services of a Travel Agent, as finding airfare cheaper than FREE was not possible!
Now, I am a "NORMAL" traveler, and must purchase tickets on airplanes, ships, etc... I like to do things myself, thus I booked directly with Princess for a GUAR inside stateroom. I have read many posts about travelers contacting their agents to push for upgrades. I understand that I should not get my hopes up for an upgrade, and I did NOT purchase the cheap room looking for an upgrade. I am wondering though if I have effectively reduced my chances for an upgrade because I did NOT book with an agent.. Thanks!!