Working With A Travel Advisor FAQ’s


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I get it – working with a Travel Advisor seems too good to be true! If you’ve never experienced the benefits, I can totally understand why you’d be a lit leery. But, let me put your mind at ease and answer all of your questions about what it’s like to work with a Travel Advisor (aka, ME!).

Is a Travel Advisor the same as a travel agent?

Yes! Over the past few years, industry players have rebranded the preferred title to “Travel Advisor” to reflect the level of personalization and care we put into planning each trip. Like a financial advisor – we’re real experts. We can create your trip from scratch or help book what you’ve already decided on, and everything in between.

What exactly does a Travel Advisor do?

We make travel awesome. Travel Advisors take the time to learn your preferences and narrow down your destination and accommodation options to find the best fit for you, specifically. Our job is to make sure your next trip is precisely tailored to your taste, vacation style and budget.

Can you book my flights/airfare?

Yes, I can – however I prefer to specialize in the on-the-ground experiences, accommodation and activities. Most customers choose to book their own airfare and let me handle the rest.

What are the benefits of working with a Travel Advisor?

Ooh, that’s my favorite question! When booking your trip through a Travel Advisor, you’ll benefit from the partnerships I have set up with more than 3,500 hotels and travel providers around the world, including the Virtuoso consortia, Four Seasons and Rosewood.

You can say hello to room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, resort and spa credits, and, last but definitely not least, you’ll get all of this for the best available rate you’d find on the Internet. I also maintain close relationships with hotel management so you’re treated like the VIP you are from the moment you arrive.

How much do Travel Advisors charge?

I receive commissions from the properties and travel providers, at no additional cost to you. In fact, I’ll always find the best available rate so you can be confident you’re getting a great deal.

Because airlines rarely offer commission for booking, I’d charge a ticketing fee of $100 when booking flights for you.

For every trip I book for you, I’ll happily share recommendations for restaurants and activities that you can either book yourself, or with the help of the hotel concierge, at no cost to you. If you’d like your me to arrange those, the cost of booking restaurant bookings and organizing activities varies, but usually starts at $300 per week of travel.

If you’d like me to prepare a more complicated multi-stop itinerary, I’d LOVE to do so. The planning fee varies from trip to trip, so we’d simply chat about details and I’d present you with the price for your approval before I get started. Typically, full-itinerary planning starts at $150 per day of travel.

I’m planning a group trip. Can you assist me with that?

Of course! The more the merrier! Whether you’re organizing a family reunion, honeymoon, a bachelorette party, or a company-wide retreat, I’m happy to help. Simply contact me to begin the process.

This sounds amazing! Is there a catch?

There’s no catch! Here’s the fact: hotels pay a much smaller commission to a human Travel Advisor (like me) than they do to an online booking platform like Expedia or Hotels and other travel providers also love working with Travel Advisors because we put a lot of effort into recommending the right place for each traveler. That’s why they’d rather pay us the commission and add in perks such as spa credits for you, instead of having you booking online. It’s a total win-win for everyone involved.

What if I enjoy planning my own travel?

Planning travel can be fun if you have the time to dedicate to it, but you’ll still benefit from using me as your Travel Advisor. Simply tell me the hotels you’re interested in and I’ll book them for you so you get perks such as free breakfast, a room upgrade, early check-in or late check-out, at no extra cost to you. Plus I’ll let you know if I have any intel on the property that may not be obvious online (like the fact that the room you requested looks onto a wall). It’s like having a best friend who works in travel, and can help you plan your dream trip.

Who is actually planning my trip?

Me! I am a live human (with feelings and everything!). While I use technology to communicate, organize information and manage the sales process but, when it comes to organizing the best possible trip for each traveler, I believe that you can’t replace a real human connection. Robots don’t get you like I do.

How do I make the most of my experience when working with you?

Tell me everything. Let me know if you love golf, must have access to a kids’ club, or can’t stand the feeling of sand through your toes (no beach for you!). Information about serious allergies or dietary restrictions are also very helpful information to have. That way I’ll only show you options that fit your specific wants and needs. It’s also great to hear about hotels and trips you’ve loved in the past, because that clues me in to your preferred travel style.

What do I do if I have a problem or question about my booking?

Contact me! I’ll always be your main point of contact before and during your trip.

Ready to get started? Contact me today.

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