Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I work with a travel professional?
How do travel professionals make money?
Many people do not understand how travel specialists work, and it’s okay to ask this question! Most trips booked with a travel professional do not add any extra cost to you, as our trusted travel partners take care of paying us after our clients travel. Your price is the same whether you book on your own or with a travel specialist. When booking with a trusted professional, you get all of our knowledge and expertise to assist you with your trip. This is a complimentary service for our clients who choose to book a package with us. For more complex or highly customized trips, or for our clients that require travel assistance, tips, or consulting advice on trips where the travel specialist is not compensated, we charge a planning fee to for the time that it takes to get exactly what our clients want. Our service is worth it.
How are travel specialists trained?
What are the first steps when working with a travel professional?
Do you charge a fee?
It depends. For all-inclusive packages, theme park packages, and cruises - no. For custom trip builds, trips that require comprehensive assistance, and trips where our travel suppliers do not provide agency commission, we charge a consulting fee for our planning time, expertise, and the connections we have built during our years in the travel industry. Trips such as this start at $350, less if you are a repeat client.
Can you get us a better price than we can find online?
Why would a travel professional not work with me?
Though it could be that your request is out of their comfort zone or they are too busy, the main reason a travel professional would choose NOT to work with you is because they sense that you are interested in just the lowest possible price, or just looking for ideas on where to travel, and not interested in booking your travel with them. Be certain not to ask lots of of questions in the beginning, ask for a quote, then do not follow up after a quote has been provided. Because travel professionals are only compensated AFTER our clients travel, if you take our expertise and advice and book on your own or elsewhere, it is unlikely that the travel professional will take you on as a client after that, and you may really need them for that trip to Africa or Asia (two destinations we recommend!!)
Do you book group travel?
What’s the deal with travel insurance? I’m skeptical…
Many people are surprised to learn that travel advisors are still around! Actually, we are busier than ever, and we know that you may be curious about what travel advisors do and how we work. Here are answers to the most common questions that we encounter on a regular basis.